Iowa Soybean Association Elects New Officers

Iowa Soybean Association Elects New Officers

ISA also welcomes new directors to its board and thanks the retiring directors at the organization's recent annual meeting.

NEW ISA TEAM: The new Iowa Soybean Association officers are ( left to right): Mark Jackson, Randy VanKooten, Tom Oswald, Dean Coleman and Ron Heck.

The Iowa Soybean Association recently held its board elections at the organization's Sept. 9 meeting. Randy VanKooten from Lynnville took his seat as president with Dean Coleman from Humboldt as president-elect. Mark Jackson of Rose Hill was elected treasurer and Tom Oswald of Cleghorn was chosen as secretary. Ron Heck of Perry was re-elected to the executive committee. The newest district directors include Rolland Schnell of Newton, representing District 5; Scott McGregor of Nashua, representing District 3; and Delbert Westphalen of Atlantic, representing District 7.  Schnell's farming operation includes corn and soybeans with additional custom harvesting. He is a past board member of the SCE Cooperative and is a current member of the ISA District 5 Advisory Council. McGregor's farming operation, in partnership with his brothers, raises corn and soybeans with some hay, along with a cow/calf herd and beef feedlot. He is a current member of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Beef Industry Council and executive board member of the Northeast Iowa Research Farm Board. Westphalen raises corn, soybeans and finishing hogs. He is a board member of the Cass County Corn and Soybean Association and member of Cass County Farm Bureau.

Some new board members and some were re-elected

VanKooten said he's excited to begin this new fiscal year with the board in place. "I look forward to continuing to build relations with the new and returning board members and ISA staff," says the central Iowa farmer. Those board members re-elected to three-year terms include Sheila Hebenstreit of Jefferson, representing District 4; Ed Ulch of Solon, representing District 6; and Cliff Mulder of Pella, representing District 8. Other district directors include Curt Sindergard of Rolfe and Brian Kemp of Sibley, representing District 1; Wayne Fredericks of Osage and Dean Coleman, representing District 2; Delbert Christensen of Audubon, representing District 4; Randy VanKooten, representing District 5; Benjamin Schmidt of Iowa City, representing District 6; Jan Christensen of Shenandoah, representing District 7; Mark Jackson and John Heisdorffer of Keota, representing District 9. Roy Arends of Alexander, Ron Heck and Jim Andrew of Jefferson are "At Large" directors. Three directors retired this year: Ray Gaesser of Corning, A.J. Blair of Dayton and Bob Cole of Fayette. Each was recognized with a plaque from former ISA President Delbert Christensen for their work with ISA. Gaesser has been on the ISA board since 2005 when it combined with the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, which he was a member of for eight years. "The ISA tagline 'Expanding opportunities, delivering results' really applies to my experience as an ISA director and president,"  he says. "There are many opportunities to meet new people and experience their environments, to learn and to serve Iowa soybean farmers and our related industries. ISA has greatly expanded opportunities to grow -- for me, my family and our farm. It's been wonderful to be part of ISA."

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