Leadership Opportunities And Election Info
YOUR VOTE MATTERS
Each year, the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) conducts an election to place farmer-leaders on its Board of Directors. The 24-member board is responsible for annually investing Indiana soybean checkoff funds in Market Development, Sustainability, Value Creation and Producer Engagement programs.
If you are a soybean producer and a resident of District 2, a ballot will be mailed to your home the week of May 23, 2022. If you live in a county located in District 2 and don’t receive a ballot, you may request one by calling 1.800.735.0195. Ballots must be postmarked by June 30, 2022. Due to unopposed races, there will be no election in Districts 1, 3and 4. Candidates identified below will begin their next terms in November 2022.
District 1 Directors
Nancy Cline, husband Mike, children, and grandchildren own and operate Cline Farms, Inc. The home farm is in Tipton County. The family grows soybeans, corn, and pigs. Her memberships include Farm Bureau, Tipton County Chamber of Commerce, Pork Producers, and Hills Baptist Church. She desires to be an advocate for finding new uses for soybeans that will increase demand. She wants to be a proponent for meeting the dietary protein needs of people in other countries, which will also help farmers by increasing exports.
Joseph Stoller will begin his second term on the ISA board and operates J.R. Stoller Farms in Marshall County, growing soybeans and commercial corn. Stoller is a full-time farmer who started in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Colorado State University in 2009 and participated in the United Soybean Board’s Leadership Program in 2018. Stoller hopes to discover new markets for U.S. soybeans while restoring traditional export markets. He would like to see checkoff dollars spent to boost demand both domestically and internationally for U.S.-grown soybeans.
District 2 Candidates
Jenna Scott farms in a partnership with her father, Greg Cox, in Delaware County near Gaston. She began farming full time in 2014, and produces soybeans, corn and hemp. Scott also grows 52 million vegetable transplants for Midwest Fresh Market farmers. She is a 2006 Purdue University graduate then worked full time in events and sales at several companies including the National FFA Organization. Scott and her husband, Doug, have two children. If elected, Scott hopes to explore new markets for soybean growers.
Cambridge City/Henry County
Mark Wenning owns and operates his farm in Henry County. He began farming in 2012, growing soybeans and corn. Wenning earned an agricultural economics degree from Purdue University in 2012. He has been an Indiana Farm Bureau member since 2010, and he currently serves as vice chairman of the Young Farmers and Ag Professionals State Committee. He’s also involved in his county’s extension and 4-H programs. Wenning and his wife, Jessica, have two children. If elected, he will educate the general public about agriculture and promote the value of soybeans.
Larry Wilkinson farms 400 acres of corn and soybeans in Noble County. He has been farming since 1970 and served on the ISA board from 2017-2020. Wilkinson is active with ISA’s Soybean Innovation Competition, and he and his wife, Barb, volunteer at the State Fair Glass Barn to educate families about soybean farming and products made from soybeans. He currently serves on his TWP. Advisory Board and various local boards. If elected, his goals are to educate fellow growers about the benefits of soybean checkoff dollars.
District 3 Directors
Jason Misiniec grows soybeans, seed soybeans, white corn and wheat on his farm near Bicknell in Knox, Daviess, Greene and Sullivan counties. A full-time farmer, he also owns a small show pig operation. He also operates JAM Feeds in Bicknell. Misiniec earned degrees from Black Hawk Junior College and the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau and the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District. Misiniec and his wife, Heather, have two children.
Larry Rusch grows soybeans, corn, and wheat on the family farm in Vincennes, Indiana. Larry graduated from Vincennes University and Western Kentucky University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness. He is a self-employed farmer at L&R Rusch Farms. Larry is partnered with his cousins Steve and Stephen Rusch, and nephew Sean Wirth. They farm in Knox County, Indiana and Lawrence and Crawford Counties in Illinois. Larry is a Certified Crop Advisor, a Brevort Levee Conservancy District board member, and an Indiana Farm Bureau member. Rusch and his wife Jerri have three children: Alex, Adrianne, and Auggie.
District 4 Directors
Kevin Burbrink grows soybeans, corn and wheat on his farm near Seymour in Jackson County, Ind. He has also raised popcorn, tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers for pickles. A full-time farmer since 1973, Burbrink was also a pork producer from 1974-2011. He graduated from the Purdue University Ag Short Course. In his second term, Burbrink wants to increase the profitability of our product and continue to find new uses for soybeans.
Mike Koehne grows soybeans, corn, hay and raises cattle on his farm near Greensburg in Decatur and Franklin counties. Koehne started farming in 1992 and also has a farm drainage business. Koehne currently serves as vice chairman of the ISA Board, along with roles on both the Soy Transportation Coalition and American Soybean Association Boards. In his third term, Koehne wants to continue being a good steward of checkoff dollars through education and trade while also advocating for Indiana soybean farmers.
Don’t want to be a part of the board, but still want to be a part of ISA? Become a member today!
American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader Program
The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a leadership program designed for soybean growers and their spouses/significant others who are interested in developing their skills to represent the ideals of soybean growers domestically and internationally, and pursue leadership positions at the state and/or national level. The cost of airline flights, hotel rooms, ground transportation, meals, etc. for all participants and their spouses is included.
AG Leader Source Online Training Modules
AG Leader Source is an online portal of training modules that provides soybean farmers an opportunity to grow and develop their board leadership skills. AG Leader Source is supported by the state soybean organizations and the United Soybean Board. It is funded solely with soybean checkoff dollars. Any soybean farmer can participate in the training sessions.
Indiana Soybean Alliance offers tuition scholarships to soybean farmers who are accepted into the Indiana’s Agriculture Leadership Program, AgriInstitute.
Contact us to learn more about the AgriInstitute program and the scholarship opportunities.
Share your story with Indiana consumers at the great Indiana State Fair! ISA is looking for farmers, like you, to volunteer at the Glass Barn during the fair for four-hour shifts.
T-shirt, ticket and meal voucher included!