Aaron Putze is now working for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) as director of external affairs. Well known in his previous job as executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, Putze recently left CSIF to take the new job with ISA which is headquartered at Ankeny, a northern suburb of Des Moines.
In the newly-created ISA position, Putze will help coordinate the soybean association's partnerships with local, state and national farm and commodity organizations and with ag stakeholders to the benefit of grain and livestock farmers and their customers, he says.
He'll says he will proactively manage new and emerging issues related to food production and their implications on Iowa farmers, and engage key publics in developing and implementing strategic initiatives that enhance opportunities for soybean growers and their allied partners.
Many opportunities ahead for the state's soybean growers
"I'm blessed to be part of a premier commodity organization and tremendous team of professionals dedicated to enhancing the success of soybean farmers, their customers and communities," Putze says. "Iowa is a tremendous state that's uniquely poised to feed and fuel America and a growing world population. I look forward to networking with farmers and people all across this state to make the most of these opportunities to the benefit of every Iowan."
Prior to his role with ISA, Putze served 17 years as a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) marketing and communications team including the role of executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers and IFBF public relations director. He was raised on a grain and livestock farm near West Bend and holds degrees in communications from the University of Northern Iowa.
He received his accreditation in public relations in 2001, is a member of the Animal Ag Alliance board of directors and is a 2009 Honorary Iowa Master Pork Producer. Putze is a member of the Waukee Rotary and Westside Kiwanis Club of West Des Moines-Waukee. He and his wife, Crystal, along with their children, Garrett, Grant and Jaelyn, live in West Des Moines.