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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

Cornelius Named 2019 ISA Board President

Chuck Cornelius, Cornelius Seed

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Seed Association (ISA) named Chuck Cornelius of Bellevue, Iowa, as 2019 Board President during the 2019 ISA annual meeting in Des Moines. The full 2019 board was confirmed and announced on February 13. The association also held the annual Iowa Seed Forum prior to the annual meeting.

Cornelius is currently the President and Production Manager of Cornelius Seed Company in Bellevue, Iowa. Chuck joined the family business after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Agronomy, extending the company’s family-owned heritage to the 5th generation.

Also rising in the ranks of the ISA board is Chris Latham of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, named 1st Vice President and Randy Ramundt of Bayer CropScience, named 2nd Vice President. 2018 ISA President Jim Webster of Corteva Agriscience moved to Past President and will help on the board for one final year.

Each seat on the ISA serves a three-year term until the term either expires or the board member is nominated to the leadership track to become board president. Newly added to the board of directors include Brooke Achenbach of Syngenta and Terry Garner of BASF. Both Achenbach and Garner will serve on the ISA board until 2022.

Full board contact information can be accessed here 

Full Board of Directors Listing

Brooke Achenbach, Syngenta

Adam Anderson, Corteva Agriscience

Jim Anderson, Remington Seeds, LLC

Jeremiah Andorf, Bayer CropsScience

Chuck Cornelius, Cornelius Seed Company 2019 President

Terry Garner, BASF

Chris Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds  – 1st Vice President

Randy Ramundt, Bayer CropScience – 2nd Vice President

Jim Rouse, Iowa Crop Improvement Association

Tom Severson, Agvantage FS

Jim Webster, Corteva Agriscience – Past President

Dr. Manjit Misra, Iowa Seed Science Center Director – Appointed


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.



Goggi Honored for Seed Industry Dedication and Ach...

Dr. Susana Goggi Named 2019 Iowa Seed Association Honorary Member

An Iowa State University professor is the recipient of the 2019 Iowa Seed Association (ISA) Honorary Membership Award.  Dr. Susana Goggi, Professor of Agronomy, has dedicated her life to addressing major seed quality issues confronting the seed industry in Iowa and globally.

“Dr. Goggi has demonstrated great dedication to the improvement and support of the Iowa seed industry,”  said Jim Webster, ISA board president. “Her entire career has been focused on delivery of quality seeds and the education of people that conduct the research, produce the seed or sell the seeds that benefit the nation’s farmers.”

Webster emphasizes Goggi’s impact on future seed professionals through her teaching. Dr. Goggi has trained more than 25 Master’s degree and Ph.D. students and has taught seed physiology and science to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in class.

“The influence she has on our young people through her Seed Science and Technology class will ensure the seed industry is prepared to meet the challenges of feeding a growing population,” said Webster.  “She has been a good partner to seed companies providing research and advice on seed quality issues.”

(left) Dr. Manjit Mirsa, ISU, accepts the 2019 Honorary Member Award on behalf of Dr. Susana Goggi, ISU, from 2018 ISA Board President Jim Webster for her dedication to the seed industry.

Goggi was recognized with the award, during the annual Seed Forum hosted by the Iowa Seed Association (ISA). The association annually partners with the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference in Des Moines to provide attending members with a wider range of learning and networking opportunities. The recipient of this award has been chosen every year since 1949, by the outgoing ISA board president.

“Over the years I have been impressed at the caliber of the recipients of this award,” Goggi said. “I am humbled, and at the same time ecstatic, to be recognized among these giants of the seed industry.”

Annually, Goggi leads an ISA committee with the selection process of scholarships which are awarded to Iowa State University students at the conference.  This year ten ISU students interested in pursuing seed science studies received scholarships.

“She recognizes the importance of quality seed as the foundational component in agriculture and has served with purpose, both directly and indirectly, to support the success of the seed industry and America’s farmers,” said Webster. “The Iowa Seed Association is honored to recognize her service.”

Original Post from ISU News

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

Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative Program Succe...

By: Shannon Moeller, Program Coordinator, Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative
Original story on Wallaces Farmer

PROVIDING PROTECTION: The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative began in 2016, with over 175 seed corn growers participating.

Cover crop use among Iowa’s seed corn growers has escalated in the past few years. This is largely due to a Water Quality Initiative grant through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The grant provides education and cost-share funds to seed corn growers through the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative.

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative is administered by the Iowa Seed Association and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, with support from the Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers Association, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, IDALS and several seed corn production companies.

Seed corn acres are highly suitable for cover crops. These fields are more vulnerable after harvest than commercial corn acres for a variety of reasons. Removing the tassels from 80% of a field’s plants during the month of July leaves less stalk and leaf residue at harvest. Add to that, every fifth row of seed corn is mowed down in July after detassling. Also, the way seed corn is picked, which includes husks and cobs, leaves very little crop residue on the soil after harvest. These fields are left with little to protect them from wind and rain erosion, and that’s where cover crops can come into play.


Seed growers see covers’ benefits

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative kicked off in summer 2016, with over 175 seed corn growers across more than 25 counties participating. For more than half of these growers, it was their first time using cover crops. With the cost-share provided through the initiative, over 30,000 seed corn production acres were covered after harvest

Cover crop usage continued to increase in 2017, covering more than 25% of the seed corn production acres in Iowa after harvest (compared to 2% to 3% of Iowa’s total farmed acres having cover crops).

Partnerships are a factor in the success of this project. In areas of the state with other watershed projects, higher percentages of seed corn growers use cover crops and other conservation practices, such as no-till and strip-till planting.

Seed corn companies including Bayer, Corteva, Mycogen, Gro Alliance, Cornelius Seed, Syngenta, Remington Seeds, AgReliant Genetics and Beck’s Hybrids see the benefits of cover crops and promote this practice with their seed growers. Many of these companies have over 50% cover crop use in their seed corn production fields, compared to 5% to 10% cover crop usage across the state before this program was established.


Use of covers continues to grow

Company promotion has led to a growing interest in cover crops after seed corn production. Even though seed corn production acres in the state were lower this year than in 2016-17, this project has new growers signing up for cover crops.

Also, projections show that at least 35% of the seed corn production acres in Iowa will likely have cover crops in 2018. This does not factor in the growers who may be using cover crops without cost-share, or who are receiving cost-share through other sources and are therefore ineligible for cost-share through this program.

As seed corn growers continue to see the benefits of cover crops to protect the soil over winter, the percentage of those using them will keep growing. For more information, visit


About the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative is a project developed by the Iowa Seed Association in conjunction with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and Iowa Corn. A grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture under their Clean Water Initiative program provides funding for the project, which began in 2016.

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative focuses on ways to help increase adoption of cover crops specifically within the seed corn production system in Iowa. The focus on seed corn is driven by the unique opportunity that seed corn provides due to the earlier harvest, thereby providing better timing opportunities for establishing cover crops in the late summer and fall after harvest. This focus is also heavily driven by the seed corn industry in Iowa, and their efforts to help promote and support the use of cover crops as part of Iowa’s Nutrient Strategy.

Iowa Seed Corn Growers Eligible for Cost Share Pro...

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative is a project developed by the Iowa Seed Association in conjunction with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and Iowa Corn. A grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture under their Clean Water Initiative program provides funding for the project, which began in 2016.

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative focuses on ways to help increase adoption of cover crops specifically within the seed corn production system in Iowa. The focus on seed corn is driven by the unique opportunity that seed corn provides due to the earlier harvest, thereby providing better timing opportunities for establishing cover crops in the late summer and fall after harvest. This focus is also heavily driven by the seed corn industry in Iowa, and their efforts to help promote and support the use of cover crops as part of Iowa’s Nutrient Strategy.

Primary Objectives:

  • Directly engage seed corn companies to work with their growers on adopting cover crops

  • Increase the number of seed corn growers utilizing cover crops

  • Develop and deploy new strategic partnerships with agricultural retailers to provide turn-key services for growers to assist them with cover crop implementation

  • Develop and distribute educational and informational materials primarily targeted to entry-level audiences to provide more focus on beginning cover crop user needs

  • Hold demonstration field days and grower meetings to provide information and advice designed to equip farmers with the resource support needed for successful establishment and management of cover crops

Project Details:

  • Funds will be made available exclusively to farmers that grow seed corn

  • Cost-Share (C/S) assistance is available to growers for planting cover crops on seed corn acres only.

  • Both winter and non-winter hardy cover crops are allowed.

  • C/S rate available to growers is $15/acre for winter-hardy and $7.50/acre for non-winter hardy.

  • Seed companies and other supporting partners can offer incentives of their own in addition to the C/S from project funds if they desire to do so (e.g. discounts on cover crop seed or seeding services or $/acre incentives from seed companies).

Grower Resources:

More information:

Visit for cost-share eligibility, resources, tools, and more!


Seed Partner Resources:

Download social media packet here>>


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.

Pollinator Health and Stewardship Resources and Ac...


A healthy and vibrant level of biodiversity is essential for agriculture.  Most crops depend on various natural resources to thrive, including some of the following like various pollinators, beneficial insects to mitigate pests, ample water, and a fertile healthy soil structure.  Many industry players are committed to promoting and protecting pollinator health.  The Iowa Seed Association is also committed to helping increase education and awareness amongst its members.  We’ve attempted to capture known pollinator resources, education materials, Iowa pollinator seed suppliers, and habitat initiatives.  We’d ask for your feedback, questions, and input if you know of more resources and activities that we didn’t capture.