About ISRC


The Iowa State University Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC) was formed in June 2014 by approval of the Iowa Board of Regents. The Center is a partnership between the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State University.


The purpose of the ISRC is to increase collaboration, coordination, and integration among ISU, ISA, industry, and farmers to align the soybean-related activities at ISU with the needs of Iowa soybean farmers and the industry that supports production of the crop. The Center will involve and help coordinate research, teaching, and extension faculty and staff who work in the areas of soybean biology, breeding, economics, precision agriculture, production, and pest management at ISU and ISA.

Research Focus:

The Center has a state, national, and global focus. Specific research areas for the Center are identified by the Center’s Industry Advisory Council (IAC).

Governance and Budget:

The Center is a formal collaboration among the Industry Members, the Iowa Soybean Association, and ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Together they make up the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the Center.

Funding for the Center comes from membership fees, the ISA, and ISU.


Any private or public entity may become a Member of the Center. The goal is to
have widespread input from individuals representing key segments of the soybean production and protection system. Members from select Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with expertise on policy, social, and environmental issues are also desired.

Current Membership:

The ISRC has seven industry members: BASF, Bayer CropScience, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM and Syngenta.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Greg Tylka, ISRC Director, gltylka@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-0878
Clarke McGrath, ISRC Field Specialist, cmcgrath@iastate.edu, or call 712-215-2146
Jill Cornelis, ISRC Program Coordinator, cornelis@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-7318
Kara Berg, ISRC Communications Specialist, kjberg@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-8927
Steve May, ISRC Industry Partner Recruiter, maysteve@comcast.net, 612-850-5027

Quick Links

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