Industry Advisory Council

Iowa soybean farmers, industry partners and the Iowa Soybean Association have representation on the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council (IAC), which serves to identify research needs in the areas of soybean production and protection for the center. Current industry partners with representation on the council include BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM and Syngenta. In addition, the council has three farmer representatives. The IAC meets annually to provide feedback on what research they would like to see funded. Following the council meeting, the ISRC’s management team meets to review the council’s discussions and finalize funding decisions. Members of the IAC are listed below.

Ed Anderson

Ed Anderson, Iowa Soybean Association

Ed is the senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and executive director of the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP). He is responsible for integrating the association’s contracted research programs and managing the Analytics, Environmental Programs and Services and On-Farm Network teams. Ed is a graduate of Iowa State University and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri.

Will Cornelius

Will Cornelius, Cornelius Seed

Will is an agronomist, certified crop adviser and the soybean lead at Cornelius Seed, a family seed company in Bellevue, Iowa, which started in 1935. Their mission is to provide growers with the industry’s leading genetics, traits and service to maximize profits on every acre. Will is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Julia Daum

Julia Daum, BASF

Julia is a nematologist and senior program leader in Trait Research, US at BASF, located in RTP, North Carolina.  A key focus area for the US-based team is to discover and evaluate novel leads for their potential to become superior agricultural products that protect crops and improve yield.  BASF is committed to supporting the industry, and we believe it is important to partner with organizations like the Iowa Soybean Research Center.  Together we will develop new opportunities and innovations for soybean growers that will provide long-term benefits for their operations. Julia is from Fort Dodge, Iowa, and is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Todd DeGooyer

Todd DeGooyer, Bayer Crop Science

Todd is the soybean crop strategy lead for North America at Bayer Crop Science. He is responsible for identifying new technology and innovations for integrated soybean solutions that bring new value, markets and profitability to farmers and the soybean value chain. Todd is from Rock Rapids, IA, and is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Jeff Frank

Jeff Frank, Farmer

Jeff farms near Auburn, IA. Jeff is a District 4 Director with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). He is currently chair of the ISA’s Research Advisory Council, vice chair of the ISA Public Affairs Committee and is a board member of the U.S. Meat Export Foundation, ISA Demand Committee and Iowa Smart Agriculture Committee.

Stott Howard

Stott Howard, Syngenta

Stott is head of Syngenta’s Crop Protection Field Development Heartland Region where he is a member of a team focused on the development and characterization of pest control technologies. During his 30-year tenure with Syngenta, he has filled many roles ranging from a bench scientist working with chemists on the discovery of new herbicides to a global technical manager responsible for developing strategies for corn, cotton and soybean herbicides. Prior to Syngenta, Stott was an extension weed scientist for Washington State University. Stott is a graduate of Utah State University (B.S., M.S.) and earned his Ph.D. at Washington State University.

Jon Massman

Jon Massman, Corteva Agriscience

Jon is the soybean technology lead for North American plant breeding at Corteva Agriscience. In that role, he is responsible for identifying and deploying new enabling technologies that ultimately result in driving farmer profitability. Jon is a graduate of Iowa State University and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

Steve McGrew

Steve McGrew, Farmer

Steve farms with his three brothers and nephew near Emerson, Iowa. His family has been experimenting with cover crops on their no‐till corn and soybean rotation for several years.

Brent Neuberger

Brent Neuberger, FMC

Brent is a weed scientist and senior technical sales manager with FMC. He has been with FMC since 1995. FMC is focused on solving customer challenges and providing solutions to protect crops and improve yields. This matches up with the goal of the Iowa Soybean Research Center to improve and enhance soybean yields and profitability in Iowa. Brent is also involved in production agriculture and has farms in North Central Iowa that he manages.

Martin Sarinelli

Martin Sarinelli, GDM

Martin is GDM’s Research Manager for North America, which is based in Gibson City, Illinois. GDM is a global group that applies state-of-the-art technology to research, develop and commercialize maximum productivity soybean varieties and other extensive crops. GDM has operations in 16 countries, 13 R&D centers and 576 testing locations throughout the world.

Chuck White

Chuck White, Farmer

Chuck farms with his father and brother near Spencer, IA. He is a District 1 Director with the Iowa Soybean Association. He has been involved with the ISA On-Farm Network and finds it rewarding to help producers access information to improve their operations. Chuck is a graduate of Iowa State University.

ISRC Management Team
The management team makes funding decisions based on feedback from the industry advisory council.

The ISRC’s management team consists of:

  • ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Daniel Robison
  • ISU Department Chairs Thomas Baum, Kendall Lamkey and Steve Mickelson
  • ISA Senior Director of Research Ed Anderson (ex officio)
  • ISU ISRC Director and Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology Greg Tylka

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