ISA Research Staff
Ed Anderson, PhD, Senior Director of Research (ISA)
Ed Anderson, PhD Senior Director of Research (ISA)Anderson is responsible for integrating the association’s contracted research programs and managing the Analytics, Environmental Programs and Services and On-Farm Network teams. Anderson collaborates with land grant universities, the United Soybean Board, North Central Soybean Research Program and a variety of soybean and agricultural industry groups to leverage resources to improve environmental performance and enhance the competitiveness of soybean farmers. A native Iowan, this life-long Cardinals fan earned his Ph.D. in molecular plant virology from the University of Missouri.
Sue Derscheid, Research Administrative Coordinator
Sue Derscheid Research Administrative CoordinatorDerscheid is responsible for both clerical and managerial support to the ISA Research Team and Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance. She serves as project manager and overall coordinator for ISA Research meetings and periodic field days and demonstrations. She enjoys traveling and sports — especially the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
David Kurth, Research Program Coordinator
David Kurth Research Program CoordinatorKurth is responsible for building efficiency and effectiveness in developing, managing and executing programs and projects for the ISA On-Farm Network, Environmental Programs and Services and Analytics teams. He helps provide strategic and tactical leadership for ISA Research, with a focus on program management, as a member of the Research Leadership Team. Kurth enjoys woodworking and saving money by doing his own carpentry work on home improvement projects.
Brett McArtor, Regional Agronomist
Brett McArtor Regional AgronomistMcArtor provides technical and logistical support for all of the Iowa-based agronomic programs in his role as a field research specialist with a focus in southern Iowa. He is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. McArtor is responsible for coordination and communication with growers and service providers. He enjoys hunting, fishing and reading. He also loves the movie The Cowboys starring John Wayne and will eat at Arby’s any day of the week.
Scott Nelson, Director On-Farm Network
Scott Nelson Director On-Farm NetworkScott leads the association’s efforts in production research planning and execution across Iowa. As On-Farm Network director, he plays a major part in partner contract research efforts and manages On-Farm Network team personnel.
Anthony Martin, Regional Agronomist
Anthony Martin Regional AgronomistMartin is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. He provides technical and logistical support for all of the Iowa-based agronomic programs. Martin also is responsible for coordination and communication with growers and service providers in northeast Iowa. Martin enjoys fishing, reading almost anything, golfing and being outdoors.
Matt Hoffman, Regional Agronomist
Matt Hoffman Regional AgronomistHoffman is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. He provides technical and logistical support for the Iowa-based agronomic programs, specializing in the northwest Iowa region. Hoffman is responsible for coordination and communication with growers and service providers. A native Iowan, Hoffman enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his growing family.
Rich Stessman, CCA, Operations Manager
Rich Stessman, CCA Operations ManagerStessman is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. He provides technical and logistical support for all of the Iowa-based agronomic programs, specializing in northwest Iowa. Stessman is an avid biker and cat enthusiast. He also scored higher than most of the communications team on a recent word usage test. Booya.
Peter Kyveryga, PhD, Director of Analytics
Peter Kyveryga, PhD Director of AnalyticsKyveryga provides leadership for executing the best practices for collecting data and utilizing advanced statistical and geographic information system methodologies. His team is also responsible for analyzing and summarizing data from different types of on-farm studies and communicating the results to farmers and industry professionals and then publishing the results in research and technical publications. Originally from the Ukraine, Iowa feels like home to Kyveryga as he enjoys the outdoors and is an avid gardener.
Suzanne Fey, Data Analyst
Suzanne Fey Data AnalystProcesses, analyzes and visualizes data, designs and develops data applications to enhance data collection and automate multi-sourced processing, and assists with communication of results for ISA Research.
Chris Wilkins, GIS Developer/Data Analyst
Chris Wilkins GIS Developer/Data AnalystSupport the collection, processing, aggregation and organization of various spatial agronomic research data.
Brad Wirt, GIS Developer/Data Analyst
Brad Wirt GIS Developer/Data AnalystSupports the collection, processing, aggregation, and organization of various spatial agronomic research data
Environmental Programs & Services
Roger Wolf, Director of Environmental Programs & Services
Roger Wolf Director of Environmental Programs & ServicesWolf is responsible for the creation, development and oversight of programs and services designed to advance agricultural leadership in achieving data-driven environmental performance at farm and watershed scales, while improving agronomic and economic performance.
Todd Sutphin, Senior Operations Manager
Todd Sutphin Senior Operations ManagerSutphin provides oversight and management of watershed planning, assessment and monitoring activities; outreach to producers and other watershed stakeholders; water monitoring design, installation, operations and reporting; and watershed project implementation and evaluation.
Adam Kiel, Operations Manager
Adam Kiel Operations ManagerKiel provides oversight and management of watershed planning, assessment and monitoring activities. His role includes working with farmers to improve resource conservation, environmental performance and farmer profitability at the watershed level.
Anthony Seeman, Environmental Research Coordinator
Anthony Seeman Environmental Research CoordinatorSeeman is responsible for coordinating and executing water sampling networks. He organizes staff and volunteers and collects data from automated field equipment.
Chris Hay, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist
Chris Hay, PhD Senior Environmental ScientistHay is responsible for overseeing the certified water quality lab, providing technical assistance to field planning/experimental operations and leading scientific research efforts. Hay has more than 20 years of experience in agricultural water management and water quality in academia, consulting, industry and government.
Diane Ercse, Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management Specialist
Diane Ercse Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management SpecialistErcse, in conjunction with Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance, leads efforts in implementing the Elk Run Watershed Water Quality Initiative project. In this position, Ersce works to engage farmers in parts of Sac, Calhoun and Carroll Counties in discussions and the implementation of water conservation practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Dave Graham, Water Field Technician
Dave Graham Water Field TechnicianAs the Water Lab Technician, Graham assists in the day-to-day operation of the ISA Research water quality lab, including the preparation of water sample bottles, conducting bench-top analyses, and data entry.
Heath Ellison, CCA, Operations Manager
Heath Ellison, CCA Operations ManagerEllison provides technical assistance to farmers for nutrient management planning, conservation planning and related agronomic services. He oversees project implementation including recruitment, environmental management system development, evaluating and monitoring implementation and data analysis.
Karl Gesch, Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management Specialist
Karl Gesch Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management SpecialistGesch leads watershed projects and conservation efforts in the eastern half of Iowa, initially within the Cedar River Watershed. In his role, Gesch engages with farmers to raise awareness and implementation of water conservation practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Keegan Kult, Environmental Scientist
Keegan Kult Environmental ScientistKult focuses on successful implementation and management of grant and contract funded natural resource, watershed and environmental projects and research.
Theo Gunther, CCA, Resource Management Specialist
Theo Gunther, CCA Resource Management SpecialistGunther provides technical and planning assistance to farmers in the development and application of resource and environmental management systems. He works with farmers to develop conservation and nutrient management plans and assists with collection, review and analysis of farm management data.
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