Iowa Soybean Association Seeking Nominations for Awards

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) seeks to recognize outstanding leadership from farmers and industry professionals actively advancing Iowa agriculture and the Iowa soybean industry.

Nominations for ISA’s annual awards are due Tuesday, Oct. 30. Winners will be recognized at ISA’s annual conference in December.

“Improving the competitiveness of Iowa’s soybeans would not be possible without the outstanding commitment of farmers and industry professionals,” says Lindsay Greiner, ISA president and 2012 New Leader award recipient. “Nobody does what they do for the 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.”

Nominations are sought for:

  • RISING STAR: A high school senior or college student who takes an active role promoting Iowa agriculture and has plans to remain involved in agriculture through personal or professional activities.
  • LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP: An ISA member with an established history of taking an active role in advancing the goals of ISA and continuously demonstrating a passion and commitment for growing the soybean industry.
  • NEW LEADER: An ISA member who has actively grown in their involvement in ISA programming and has shown outstanding involvement in their community and/or state.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER: An ISA member who is improving on-farm environmental performance and leadership by using precision agriculture tools and technology in collaboration with ISA Environmental Programs and Services or the On-Farm Network®.
  • INNOVATOR IN PRODUCTION RESEARCH: An individual, organization or company that has shown outstanding leadership in the use of precision agriculture and has worked to validate and effectively manage practices to improve profitability.
  • FRIEND OF THE IOWA SOYBEAN FARMER: An elected leader or ISA partner who has shown a deep understanding of issues facing Iowa soybean farmers and has supported them through their activities and efforts.
  • ADVOCATE FOR IOWA AGRICULTURE: New this year, this award will be presented to an ISA member, individual, organization or company that effectively and accurately tells the story of modern agriculture and actively builds bridges between Iowa farmers and consumers.

To nominate a deserving leader, explain why the nominee deserves recognition in fewer than 150 words. Include the nominee’s name, hometown, phone number and e-mail. Submit nominations to Lauren Houska, ISA communications specialist (

Recipients will be recognized Thursday, Dec. 13 during ISA’s annual conference in Ankeny. For more information about the awards, visit