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IowaSeed Forum Announces Speakers

photo by Shannon Moeller

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Varied Industries Building
9:00 – 9:20
Iowa Seed Annual Meeting and Honorary Member Award

9:20 – 9:35
John Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seed
ASTA Update

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig, IDALS
Iowa Update

10:05 – 10:35
Dave Tierney, Bayer CropScience
Addressing Iowa legislative/issues update and glyphosate update

Stephanie Regagnon, FieldWatch CEO
2020 Overview

11:05 – 11:45
Dr. Chad Hart, ISU

Lunch and scholarship recognition to follow forum, view conference information at

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\

Register Today!

Download Registration Form Here (PDF)

Please return to :

Email: JoanOatagribizdotorg

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

Scholarships and Recognitions Highlighted at Annua...

Iowa State University Iowa Seed Association Scholarships Recipients Recognized at 2019 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

ISU Seed Scholarship Recipients

Back row: Chris Latham, CFO Latham Seed Company; Daniel Korhonen; Michael Geissinger; Regan Pleggenkuhle; Eric Heick; John Latham, President Latham Seed Company. Front Row: Dr. Tom Brumm, ISU Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering; Yee Shuan Lai; Caryn Dawson; Karli Buckmeier; Chee Gang Ngui; Dr. Manjit Misra, Director of ISU Seed Science Center Not Pictured: Rachel Nordhoff; Tucker Gabriel

Eleven scholarships were given to ten Iowa State University (ISU) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) students at the 2019 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference on February 13, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Eight Iowa Seed Association (ISA) Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded. One of ISA awarded students were selected as the Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar and received an additional $500 scholarship. The $1,000 Bill Latham Memorial Scholarship and the $1,000 Lisa Shepherd Jenkins Memorial Scholarship were also awarded at the ISA ceremony.

This ISA scholarship competition is awarded based on academic excellence, leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and interest in a career in the seed industry or seed science.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

  1. Karli Buckmeier is from Saint Michael, Minnesota and is a senior in Agricultural Systems Technology with an emphasis in Machine Systems.  She is an undergraduate student assistant at the ISU Seed Testing Laboratory, where she receives samples from customers, processes and records them into the computer system, both before and after testing is completed.
  2. Caryn Dawson is from Palmer, Iowa and is a junior with a double major in Global Resource Systems and Horticulture with a double minor in Animal Science and Spanish.  She is an undergraduate student assistant at the ISU Seed Laboratory working on seed germination projects.
  3. Daniel Korhonen is from Radcliffe, Iowa and a senior with a double major in Agronomy and Seed Science. He has worked as a lab assistant in the ISU agronomy, soils, and organic crops labs, as a crop scout at Central Ag Consulting in Valley City, North Dakota, and in warehouse worker for Champion Seeds of Iowa.  Upon graduation, he would like to work alongside farmers as an agronomist for a seed company or as a crop consultant.
  4. Chee Gang Ngui is a student from Puchong, Malaysia and a senior with a double major in Horticulture (food crop production and management) and Seed Science and a minor in Food Science and Industry.    He has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in fruit crops in Dr. Cochran’s lab, and as a field inspector for Bayer, in Iowa.
  5. Rachel Nordhoff is from Boone, Iowa and a junior with a double major in Agricultural Studies and Agronomy. After meeting ISU Seed Science Center employees at a farm expo, she decided to apply for an undergraduate assistant position at the lab.  She says that the job was a career-changing experience.  She would like the opportunity to complete summer internships in the seed industry and find a job in seed and agronomy sales upon graduation.
  6. Regan Pleggenkuhle is from Waucoma, Iowa and a sophomore with a double major in Agronomy and Seed Science.  He grew up on his family farm where he was involved in all aspects of the row crop and hog farming operation. It was his childhood experience which forged his interest in agriculture as a career.
  7. Tucker Gabriel is from Eudora, Kansas and a senior in Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Ag Business.  He is an undergraduate student research assistant at FloMetrix where he tests seed flow sensors and the measurement repeatability for the company.
  8. Michael Geissinger is from Marshfield, Wisconsin and a senior with a double major in Agronomy and Animal Science.  His interests in seeds stems from widely diverse job opportunities in the seed industry, from sales to genetics, and from research to technology transfer.

Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar

Michael Geissinger is also the recipient of the 2019 Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar $500 Scholarship. In his application, he states: “The key to feed 9.6 billion people in 2050 will be understanding the physiology of the seed and maximizing its potential to be grown into harvestable crops that can be used for (food), feed, fuel, and fiber”

He completed internships as forage management at WinField-United in Wisconsin and as Seed Sales rep in Ohio, and has worked as undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Singh’s soybean breeding program, and as Agronomy Intern at the Agricultural Research Station of the UW-Madison in Stratford, WI.

He received the American FFA Degree, Wisconsin FFA Star in Ag Business awards, and ISU Agronomy Academic fellowship; and was elected National SASES member relations officer.  He is also Vice President of the ISU Agronomy club.

He seeks a career as a district seed sales manager specialized in alfalfa seed.  He believes his diversified academic and internships background makes him uniquely qualified to attack the complex seed problems and their relation to food and feed.

Bill Latham Memorial Scholarship

Eric Heick was chosen as the 2019 recipient of the 4th annual Bill Latham Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. Heick is from West Branch, Iowa and a junior pursuing a double major in Agronomy and Seed Science. He is interested in a career in the areas of seed genetics and seed conditioning. He is an undergraduate student assistant in Alan Gaul’s seed conditioning program at the Seed Science Center.

Latham was a former president of the Iowa Seed Association, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), and the Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA).  He was also the former president of his family company, Latham Seed.  Bill passed away on July 31, 2015.

Lisa Shepard Jenkins Memorial Scholarship

Yee Shuan Lai from Malaysia was chosen as the third annual Lisa Shepherd Jenkins Scholar.  Yee is a senior in Ecology and currently works at the ISU Seed Testing laboratory as an undergraduate assistant in germination and seed health testing.

She also works as a research assistant in Arabidopsis haploid induction at Dr. Lübberstedt laboratory in Agronomy Hall.  She plans to pursue a master’s degree in seed science.  The $1,000 Lisa Shepherd Jenkins Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the ISU Seed Science Center to an undergraduate student engaged in seed science and seed technology.

Shepherd Jenkins served as Seed Health Testing Coordinator for the Seed Science Center and as Director of the Administrative Unit of the National Seed Health System. She also headed one of the most active phytosanitary seed testing programs in the country and served as a chair on committees for both the American Seed Trade Association and the American Phytopathological Society.

Lisa passed away on July 1, 2015.

About the Seed Science Scholarships

This scholarship competition is open to students in any major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University, and scholarships are awarded on the bases of four criteria:

  1. Academic excellence,
  2. Leadership skills,
  3. Interpersonal skills, and most importantly,
  4. Demonstrated interest in a career in the seed industry or seed science.

Selection Committee members include:

Dr. Barb Clawson, Horticulture

Dr. Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology & Microbiology

Dr. Tom Brumm, Ag. & Biosystems Eng.

Dr. Susana Goggi, Agronomy & Seed Science Center, & Committee Chair

left to right: ISU CALS Dean Daniel Robison, Rachel Nordhoff of Boone, and Dr. Tom Brumm, Professor ISU ABE

View more photos on the Iowa Seed Facebook page


Download 2019 ISA Scholarship handout from the event.

RSVP for ISA Cover Crop Workshop

Iowa Seed Association Cover Crop Workshop

Come hear from Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney and a farmer panel about how to make cover crops work in your operation.

Time & Location

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mistress Brewing Company
1802 N Ankeny Blvd Suite 108
Ankeny, IA 50023, USA


5:00 – 6:00 PM

6:00 PM
Dinner Served

6:30 PM
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney

6:45 PM
Farmer Panel

7:30 PM
Networking & Social Time

8:00 PM

Iowa Seed Forum & ISA Annual Meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM




2019 Registration Includes:

  • Two-Day Admission to the 2019 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference & admission to the trade show floor
  • Admission to the All Industry Reception on Tuesday, February 12
  • Admission to all free educational sessions Wednesday, February 13
  • Pancake breakfast on Wednesday, February 13 – exclusive raffle ticket
  • All Industry Luncheon on Wednesday, February 13

The Iowa Seed Association continues their partnership with the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference offering ISA members the opportunity to attend a wider variety of workshops and network with all facets of the ag industry. The ISA Annual Meeting & Seed Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 13, from 9 am to Noon. ISA Annual Meeting & Seed Forum will also host the ISA Scholarship Award Recognition Ceremony and an Amazon Echo Raffle (must be present to win).

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. 
Morning Plenary Session – Room D
– Keynote Speaker: Iowa Dep. Sec. of Ag Julie Kenney

9:10 – 11:00 AM
Identifying Resources in Conservation Planning
– TBA, Conservation Information Technology Center

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. 
ISA Annual Meeting – Room A
− Jim Webster, ISA President
− Recognition of ISA 2019 Honorary Member
Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative Project Update
− Shannon Moeller, ISA Project Coordinator

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. 
ASTA Update
− John Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, President

11:30 a.m.  – Noon 
Quality Seeds to Feed the World: ISU’s role in serving the seed industry in Iowa and worldwide
− Dr. Manjit Misra, Seed Science Center – ISU, Director

– (1) Amazon Echo Raffle

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
All Industry Luncheon on Showcase Floor
-Keynote Speaker: Daniel Robinson, Dean, Iowa State University – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (invited)
ISU Scholarship Recognition
-2018-2019 Iowa Seed Association ISU Scholarships &
– Bill Latham ISU Scholarship recipients recognized

2018 ASC Summer Workshop & Field Day

Did you attend the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference in Feb? If so, you could save $25 on regular admission to the Summer Workshop & Field Day!

Gain additional insights on data use and collection at the Summer Workshop & Field Day on August 1. Experts will join us at Kirkwood Community College to share their experiences with data collection and usage, alternative forage crops, nitrogen management options, and building soil health. A full day of insights you can take to the field. Earn 6 CEUs!




8:30 AM – Registration
9:00 -11:55 AM – Field Day Demonstrations
Noon – Lunch at Horticulture Hall
1:00 – 3:55 PM – Afternoon Workshop Sessions

Workshop Field Demonstrations Include:

  • Unique Forage Blends and Feed Values
  • Precision Planting Technology
  • Nitrogen Management Trial Evaluation
  • N Application Variances in Well Water
  • Spatial Analysis of Farm Data
  • Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health

Cost & Registration

2018 AICMC Participant = $50
($25 discount for all attendees who attended the winter conference on Feb 13-14, 2018)

All other Attendees = $75


Registration is in the Horticulture Hall building on the Kirkwood Community College Campus
Address: 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Field Day Location is at the Iowa Equestrian Center
Address: 801 76th Ave Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

The morning sessions are to be held outside of the Equestrian Center. Lunch and afternoon session are in the Horticulture Hall building. Locations are in close proximity and shuttling will be available between locations.

Parking & Entrance

Participants can either park in the Horticulture Hall lot or the west lot of the Equestrian Center. Use the main entrance to each building.


No refunds will be available after Wednesday, July 25, 2018, after 5:00 PM. If you need to update or cancel your registration please email aaiatagribizdotorg  (aaiatagribizdotorg)   by July 25.

2018 ISA Golf Tournament Results!

The annual ISA Golf Tournament was a great time! Our four-person “best shot” tournaments always mean low scores and a lot of fun. This year we traveled to Ames and played the fantastic Veenker Memorial Golf Course on the ISU Campus. We are pleased that so many of our members came out and golfed with us! Below are our tournament results.

Long Putt #5 – David Fink
Closest to Pin #11 – Chris Phipps
Longest Drive #18 – Chris Royer

2018 Champion Team: Nick Hoffman, Sean Blomgren, Dane Titman, and Ryan Huffman – Monsanto
Runner-Up Team: Randy Luken, Mike Giles, Steve McEachron, and Josh Weitl – Bratney Companies

1st Flight 1st Place: Monsanto/Channel – Andrew Burt, Karl Buttenhoff, Jim Hartwig, and Bill Bormann
1st Flight 2nd Place: O’Mara Aga Services – Bruce Cockram, Robin O’Mara, Jamie Wickman, and Justin Kean

Palle Pedersen Named 2018 Honorary Member

During the annual Seed Forum hosted by the Iowa Seed Association (ISA), the ISA board of directors recognized Palle Pedersen as the 2018 ISA Honorary Member. The association annually partners with the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference (ASC) in Des Moines to provide attending members a wider range of learning and networking opportunities.

Palle is responsible for the management of the overall Seedcare product marketing team in the United States. Prior to joining Syngenta in 2010, Palle was an associate professor at Iowa State University where he coordinated and provided state leadership in soybean production and management. Palle has his Ph.D in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an International Executive MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Dana Stubbendeck, 2017 ISA President (left) presents Palle Pedersen (right) with a 2018 ISA Honorary Member Plaque.


The ASC is a two-day conference and trade show that encompasses many facets of the ag industry, including seed. The ISA board encourages the membership to attend the forum each year as it gives a unique learning opportunity that is focused on the seed industry. The 2017 panel of speakers included: Ag Economics – Dr. Alejandro Plastina, ISU; Cover Crops – Bert Strayer, La Crosse Seed; Dicamba Rules & Regulations – Chuck Spencer, Growmark; Iowa Legislative Update – Mike Naig, IDALS; and ASTA Updates – Bill Belzer, DowDuPont.

ISA Scholarship Recipients Recognized

This year, six Iowa Seed Association (ISA) Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded. One of these students, Skyler Brazel, was also selected as our “Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar,” and he received $500 in addition to the $1,000 ISA scholarship. For the third year, the ISA will also award the $1,000 “Bill Latham” Memorial Scholarship in his honor. Bill was a former president of the Iowa Seed Association, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA), and was a former President of his family company, Latham Seed.  Bill passed away on July 31, 2015.

For the second time, the “Lisa Shepherd Jenkins” Memorial Scholarship has been awarded by the ISU Seed Science Center to an undergraduate student engaged in seed science and seed technology. The $1,000 scholarship honors Shepherd Jenkins who served as Seed Health Testing Coordinator for the Seed Science Center and as Director of the Administrative Unit of the National Seed Health System. Lisa headed one of the most active phytosanitary seed testing programs in the country and served as a chair on committees for both the American Seed Trade Association and the American Phytopathological Society.  Lisa passed away on July 1, 2015.


Pictured above (from left to right): Seed Science Center Director Manjit Misra, Shannon Latham, Agronomy Professor Susana Goggi, Taylor Davis, AnnaMarie Condon, Skyler Brazel, Governor Kim Reynolds, Savannah Jones, Daniel Korhonen, Jack Pieper, and Michael Tupper. (Jennifer Meyer was not present.)


Setting up for Success with Cover Crops – Tw...

Setting up for Success with Cover

Crops Workshops

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative will be hosting two educational, air-conditioned meetings on August 21, 2017. “Setting up for Success with Cover Crops” will be an informative, peer-sharing event, with time set aside for an open discussion revolving around cover crops, soil health, & conservation. Both events are free and include a complimentary meal.

Steve Berger from Wellman, IA will share his experience with long-term cover crops, and Michael Vittetoe from Washington, IA will talk about some interseeding he’s been doing. Also sharing their expertise will be Rebecca Vittetoe & Virgil Schmitt, Regional Agronomists with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Mitchell Hora with Continuum Ag, Trent Stout with Stout Seed, and other local businesses that provide cover crop & soil health services.

We Recommend you RSVP to these events, please contact ISA with number of participants:
Shannon Moeller: 641/861-2280, shannondotmoeller16atgmaildotcom  (shannondotmoeller16atgmaildotcom)  

Location #1 :

St. Mary’s Parish Hall

209 Mulberry St, Tipton, IA 52772


9:00 am-1:00 pm

Location #2 :

Briggs Civic Center
317 N Water St, Wapello, IA 52653


5:00-8:00 pm


The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative-developed by the Iowa Seed Association and Agribusiness Association of Iowa- is funded by a 3-year Water Quality Initiative (WQI) grant through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). This project offers cost-share to seed corn growers and educational efforts specifically to increase the adoption of cover crops on seed corn production acres in Iowa. In the first year (2016), 175 seed corn growers in 24 counties participated, covering about 32,000 acres.