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2024 Iowa Seed Association Annual Meeting & S...

February 13, 2024 | The Meadows Event and Conference Center, Altoona, Iowa

The Iowa Seed Annual Meeting and Seed Forum are held in conjunction with the 2024 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference hosted by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa. As a registered attendee at the Showcase, you receive access to everything during the two days of the event, including the Seed Forum.

Registration and information site for the Showcase & Conference – Click Here

2023 Iowa Seed Association Annual Meeting & S...

February 15, 2023 | Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds

2023 Forum Agenda

Iowa Seed Association Annual Meeting

  • Adam Anderson, Outgoing ISA President
  • Recognition of ISA 2023 Honorary Member Award
  • Brooke Achenbach, Incoming ISA President

Drought Conditions and the Iowa Drought Plan

  • Tim Hall, Hydrology Resources Coordinator, Iowa DNR

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Update

  • Kendall Palmer, ASTA Board of Director

10:20     Break

ISA Partnership – Conservation Opportunities for Ag Retailers

  • Ruth McCabe, Senior Conservation Agronomist, Heartland Co-op

Supply Chain Challenges

  • Scott Grawe, Iowa State University

Lunch | Iowa Seed Association Scholarship Presentation

The Iowa Seed Annual Meeting and Seed Forum are held in conjunction with the 2023 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference hosted by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa. To view the main event’s webpage and to register for the Seed Forum – Click Here

Iowa Seed Golf & Education

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Veenker Memorial Golf Course

Ames, Iowa

Download Registration Form Here (PDF)

Instructions: Attendees visiting the Seed Science Center are asked to park at the Memorial Union on Lincoln Way and walk to the Seed Science Center.

It’s a 10 to 15-minute walk from the parking lot. Please arrive early to park and attend the session on time. Google maps walking directions from the parking lot:

Schedule of Events:

9:00 AM               Check-in | ISU Seed Center, coffee and refreshments

9:15 AM              
Dr. Chad Hart, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics

Topic: The latest on tariff and trade issues with QA session

10:15 AM           
Dr. Kan Wang, Professor Plant Biotechnology, Co-Director Crop Bioengineering Center

Topic: The CRISPR Technology with QA session

11:00 AM*          Check-in for golfers who did not attend morning sessions (*at Golf Course)

11:15 AM            Tour of Seed Lab (optional) and depart for luncheon at Veenker Clubhouse

11:30 AM            Luncheon at clubhouse

12:00 PM             Golf Shotgun Start


From Memorial Union parking to Veenker Clubhouse

Addresses to Know:

Memorial Union, ISU Campus, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50012
Seed Science Center, 2115 Osborn Drive, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, 2916, Veenker Dr, Ames, IA 50011


Joan O’Brien, Iowa Seed Association Office
joanoatagribizdotorg  (joanoatagribizdotorg)   or 515-262-8323\

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Email: JoanOatagribizdotorg

Mail: Iowa Seed Association 900 Des Moines St, Des Moines, IA 50309

The Annual Iowa Seed Association Golf Tournament

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ISA News Bulletin

December 2013 edition of the ISA News Bulletin

The document is a PDF file, so you should be able to open it by simply clicking here. If you are unable to open the document, you may need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader from the internet (it’s free) at:

Thank you for your membership to the Iowa Seed Association

Iowa Seed Association Board Members Visit the Stat...


Pictured with Helen Miller are Michael Naig, Dana Stubbendeck, Steve Eichenberger, Tom Tusha, and Adam Wilson.

ISA Awards Scholarships


Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Seed Association (ISA) recently awarded nine scholarships of $1,000 to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. One student was also selected as the “Manjit K. Misra Outstanding Senior Seed Scholar,” receiving a $500 scholarship in addition to the $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the ISA. During the awards ceremony held at the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference on February 9, 2011 at the Varied Industries Building, the ISA awarded another $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the American Seed Trade Association.

Recipients of the Iowa Seed Association 2010-2011 academic year scholarships are: Vivian Bernau, Ryan Fahn, Andrew Lauver, Matthew Mattia, Michelle McEnany, Devon Murray, Matthew Riessen, Jordan Uthoff, and Michael Fosdick received the Manjit K. Misra scholarship along with the ISA award. Michael Misra was the recipient of the American Seed Trade Association Scholarship.

Below is additional information about each student:

Vivian Bernau: Vivian is a senior double-majoring in Horticulture and Agronomy, and she hails from Altoona, Iowa. Immediately after high school, Vivian was a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern, and she spent her internship period in Tainan, Taiwan, at the World Vegetable Center. She recently has been employed with the USDA-ARS Plant Introduction Station in Ames and the ISU Organic Agriculture Program. Vivian’s main interest is in plant breeding, especially germplasm collection and pre-breeding. Her career goal is to become a germplasm curator at an international research center.

Ryan Fahn: Ryan is a freshman from Portsmouth, Iowa majoring in Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. He has worked for the past several years on the Fahn family farm, specializing in hog production. Ryan is fascinated with the seed industry, and he hopes to use his engineering background to design equipment for harvesting and handling seeds.

Andrew Lauver: Andrew is a sophomore, and he is majoring in Agricultural Studies with a minor in General Business. Andrew grew up on his family’s farm outside Rockwell City, Iowa, and they produced corn, soybeans, and cattle. This past summer he had an internship with MaxYield Cooperative, and he was involved with the planting, care, and harvesting of trial plots. This experience reinforced his desire to be in the seed industry, and this summer he will work for Monsanto as a field sales intern.

Matthew Mattia: Matthew is from Freehold, New Jersey, and is a senior at ISU. His major is Agronomy, and he will receive a minor in Genetics. His emphasis is in plant breeding and biotechnology. For the past several summers, he was an intern with Dr. Stacy Bonos at Rutgers University, and there he worked with many aspects of breeding turfgrass and other species that could act as bio-fuels.

Michelle McEnany: Michelle is a junior majoring in Agronomy, and she is from Nevada, Iowa. She has worked in the seed industry for the past seven years. She rouged and detasseled for five of those years, and in 2009, she was a Field Safety Technician. Last year, she was a parent seed supply chain intern with Syngenta.

Devon Murray: Devon is a junior, and he is majoring in Agricultural Studies, with a minor in Agronomy. He is from Charles City, Iowa. He has worked on the family farm, which is a Pioneer Seed Sales Operation unit, along with a corn and soybean production operation. He has had lots of experiences in the area of seed sales already that are preparing him for a professional career as a seed sales person.

Matthew Riessen: Matthew hails from Schleswig, Iowa, and he is a junior double majoring in Agronomy and Agricultural Studies. He previously worked in seed sales for a firm from Schleswig, and last year, he was a corn research intern with a company in Ames.

Jordan Uthoff: Jordan is from Solon, Iowa, and he is a junior, majoring in Agronomy. During the past two summers, he has had internships with Crop Tech Services and New Century FS, Inc., and before that, he worked on the family farm outside Cedar Rapids. His family farm also produced ~250 acres of seed corn.

Michael Misra (American Seed Trade Association Scholarship): Michael is from Ames, he is a sophomore, and he is majoring in Global Resource Systems and Sociology. Michael worked for Blue River Hybrids and Monsanto two summers ago pollinating corn and he has worked for the USDA/ARS Plant Introduction Station since June of 2010. Michael hopes to work for an NGO after graduation, and he would like to work either in Africa or Central America, by supplying seeds and other agricultural necessities to the poor.

Michael Fosdick (Misra Scholar): Michael is a senior, and he is majoring in Agronomy. Michael will receive a scholarship from the Iowa Seed Association, and he also was chosen by the scholarship selection committee as the “Manjit K. Misra Outstanding Senior Seed Scholar” for this year. This is the fourth year of this award, and it has been made possible through a donor, who wishes to increase the scholarship amount by an extra $500 for an outstanding senior. Michael has had internships with Pioneer at several locations over the past few years. After graduation, Michael will begin working for Pioneer in its Princeton, IL, facility, and he will be working as an agronomist trainee in the emerging leader program.

The ISA scholarships are open to students in any major in ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Scholarships are awarded on the bases of: academic excellence, leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and most important to the selection committee, a demonstrated interest in a career in the seed industry or seed science.

For further information, please contact ISA president Steve Werning by phone at 515.669.8480 or via e-mail at stevedotwerningatsyngentadotcom  (stevedotwerningatsyngentadotcom)   . A photo of the ISA scholarship recipients is attached and a video here.

The Iowa Seed Association strives to promote the seed industry, research pertaining to the betterment of agriculture, and to cooperate with educational and regulatory authorities in the development of a sound and effective seed program for the advancement of agriculture. For more information about the Iowa Seed Association, please go to:

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Iowa Seed Association Membership Application

Updated 10/01/2024
Iowa Seed Application 

For your convenience we have posted an updated pdf membership application. Please return to bgleasonatagribizdotorg or iowaseedassociationatagribizdotorg. For questions call 515-262-8323.

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No Charge Pesticide Container Recycling Program

ISA met with Container Services Network (CSN) to begin revitalization of the container recycling program in Iowa. As a result of that meeting, in conjunction with AAI, the Iowa Department of Ag, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University, a new pesticide container recycling program was initiated. The program includes recycling of all plastic crop protection containers up to 55 gallon drums at no charge.

The Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC at is the national organization that coordinates the pesticide container recycling program. TRI-rinse, the firm which previously operated the collections throughout Iowa, has been replaced by Container Services Network LLC (CSN) Download new recycling guidelines here.