ISA Leadership Awards

Recognizing leaders since 2012

ISA Leadership Awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding work on behalf of Iowa soybean farmers and the farming profession. 

“Improving the competitiveness of Iowa’s soybeans would not be possible without the outstanding commitment of farmers and industry professionals. Nobody does what they do for recognition. That’s why it’s up to us to find those who go above and beyond and make sure they know they are appreciated.” — Lindsay Greiner, past ISA President and 2012 New Leader Award recipient

2020 ISA Leadership Award Recipients

The 2020 recipients were recognized Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, during ISA’s Annual Awards Banquet, sponsored by West Bank. Jon Hummel, First VP of Commercial Banking at West Bank, expressed great pride in the company's long-time partnership with ISA. 

From left: Dan De Vries, Dean Sponheim, Samuel Lane, Steve Hershner, Reed Burres, Carol Coleman (accepting on behalf of Dean Coleman), Robb and Jennifer Ewoldt, and Jon Hummel of West Bank. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Legacy of Leadership Award | Dean Coleman, Humboldt

Sponsored by Stine Seed

This award is presented to an ISA member who has established a history of leadership and has taken an active role in advancing the goals of ISA.

Meet Dean

Rising Star Award | Samuel Lane, Mediapolis

Sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America

This award and $1,000 education stipend is presented to a high school senior or college student who takes an active role in promoting Iowa agriculture and has plans to remain involved in agriculture through future personal or professional activities.

Meet Samuel

New Leader Award | Reed Burres, Humboldt

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

This award is presented to an ISA member who has recently grown their involvement in ISA programming and shown outstanding leadership skills in their community and/or state.

Meet Reed

Innovator in Production Research Award | Dan De Vries, Prairie City

Sponsored by John Deere

This award recognizes an individual or organization leading the way in the use of precision agriculture technology and worked to discover, validate and manage practices to improve soybean profitability.

Meet Dan

Environmental Leader Award | Dean Sponheim, Nora Springs

Sponsored by Agri Drain.

This award recognizes an ISA member who is committed to practices that improve environmental performance through work with the ISA Research Center for Farming Innovation.

Meet Dean

Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer Award | Steve Hershner, The City of Cedar Rapids

Sponsored by Cargill

This award recognizes an elected leader, reporter or other ISA partner who has shown a deep understanding of the agricultural issues and supported Iowa soybean farmers through their actions.

Meet Steve

Advocate for Iowa Agriculture | Robb & Jennifer Ewoldt, Davenport

Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

This award recognizes an individual, organization or company who effectively and accurately tells the story of modern agriculture and actively builds bridges between Iowa farmers and consumers.

Meet the Ewoldts

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