Perry farmer seeks seat on Iowa Soybean Association Board

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Perry farmer seeks seat on Iowa Soybean Association Board

Local farmer seeks seat on Iowa Soybean Board

Area farmers are running for open director seats on the Iowa Soybean Association board in July. Ballots will be mailed to soybean growers at the end of June and must be postmarked by July 31. Learn more at the farmers vying for the open At Large seat.

Name: Tom Vincent

Hometown: Perry

District: At Large

Family: Wife, Georgia; two children

Type of farming operation: Corn and soybeans

Education: Degree in farm operation from Iowa State University Community involvement: St. Patrick’s Church Finance Council (10 years), Perry Kiwanis Club (20+ years), Dallas County Pork Producers Board of Directors (10 years), Farmhouse Fraternity Association Board past president and chairman

What’s the biggest issue facing soybean farmers right now and how can the ISA Board help address it?

“As a former pork producer, I have experienced the influence of how groups unfriendly to the industry have tried to drive its direction based on agendas and emotion, as opposed to objectivity and science. Similarly, Des Moines Water Works, the EPA and others are pushing an agenda that could have dire consequences for the row-crop industry. I plan to do my part through involvement and advocacy and take part in the programs at ISA. I’m stepping up my own efforts in terms of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and hope to serve a productive leadership role for ISA in an effort to get out in front of public opinion.”

Name: Chris Gaesser

Hometown: Lenox

District: At Large

Family: Parents, Ray and Elaine Gaesser; sister, Jenny

Type of Operation: No-till corn and soybean operation with cover crops

Education: Bachelor’s in agronomy, Iowa State University

Community involvement: Main Street Corning volunteer, Iowa Soybean Association, District 7 advisory council, research and environmental trials What’s the biggest issue facing soybean farmers right now and how can the ISA Board help address it?

“As margins get tighter, finding ways to maximize input use at the lowest cost.”

Name: Brent Renner

Hometown: Klemme

District: At Large

Family: Wife, Nikki; three children

Type of farming operation: Soybeans, corn, alfalfa and hogs

Education: Bachelor’s in agricultural studies, Iowa State University

Community involvement: Farm Bureau, county president, State Young Farmer advisory council — row crops; Iowa Soybean Association DAC, research and advisory council, Zion Evangelical Reformed Church, Sunday school teacher, former junior high and assistant high school wrestling coach, Indian Lake Watershed Management Group member

What’s the biggest issue facing soybean farmers right now and how can the ISA Board help address it?

“Continually finding new and innovative, environmentally sound practices that produce more bushels for less. It’s never too early to discuss and debate the next farm bill and take advantage of the opportunity to educate the public and our government representatives about what we do and how we do it.”

Name: Greg Rinehart

Hometown: Boone

District: At Large

Family: Wife, Polly; 10 children

Type of farming operation: Soybeans, corn, sweet corn and peas for Birds Eye Vegetables and diversified vegetables for Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Markets

Education: Degree in animal science, Iowa State University

Community involvement: Boone County Board of Health, Boone County Extension Board, Advisory Board of the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market and the Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board

What’s the biggest issue facing soybean farmers right now and how can the ISA Board help address it?

“We should support practices that keep our rivers healthy. Whether in the form of cover crops or buffer strips, strip tillage or strip fertilization, there are conservation practices being utilized by today’s farmers and we need to continue to implement those practices and tell our stories. ISA is continually on the forefront of new research and I have personally benefited from information on improved conservation practices. As a board member, I would emphasize the important seat that we have at the table, and emphasize the need to have a voice in the water quality debate.”