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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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