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Iowa Soybean Research Center

in collaboration with the Iowa Soybean Association

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 AGCOAMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Innvictis/Simplot, Latham Hi-Tech SeedsMerschman SeedsSyngenta, and UPL. 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 and executive director of the North Central Soybean Research Program. 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, IA, 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, IA, and is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Suzanne ShirbrounSuzanne Shirbroun, Farmer

Suzanne farms near Farmersburg, IA. She is a District 3 Director for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). She is a sixth-generation farmer and has farmed for more than 22 years. She is passionate about research and is a longtime participant in ISA’s research program. She is also involved in the North Central Soybean Research Program, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa CommonGround. Suzanne also values conservation. After watching her grandfather begin terracing, she knew conservation practices would be important in the continuation of a family farm. She also practices no-till, contour farming and implements waterways and cover crops.

Kelly Gillespie

Kelly Gillespie, Bayer Crop Science

Kelly is a crop physiologist by training and is the Global R&D Crop Efficiency Portfolio Manager for Bayer Crop Science. She sets the vision and R&D plan for sustainable corn and soy yield improvements by understanding the intersection of technology innovation, grower needs and business strategy. Kelly is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, IL and earned her PhD at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Kelly is passionate about promoting diversity in STEM and mentoring students who are interested in a career in industry.

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, he was an extension weed scientist for Washington State University. Stott is a graduate of Utah State University and earned his Ph.D. at Washington State University.

Phil LongPhil Long, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds

Phil is a precision agronomy advisor for Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, an independent, family-owned seed company headquartered on the Latham family’s Iowa Century Farm in Alexander, IA. Latham Seeds sells hybrid seed corn, soybeans, alfalfa and cover crops across six upper Midwest States. Phil is a graduate of Purdue University where he earned an M.S. in soybean production. He has worked for Purdue Extension and a precision agriculture software company prior to joining Latham Seeds in 2017. He and his wife farm 80 acres and help his father-in-law farm.

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, IA. His family has been experimenting with cover crops on their no‐till corn and soybean rotation for several years.



Joe Merschman

Joe Merschman, Merschman Seeds

Joe is the president and CEO of Merschman Seeds in West Point, IA. He is a second generation seedsman continuing the family-owned business that his father, Bill Merschman, founded in 1954. They pride themselves on selling their own private lines of soybeans and wheat. They are committed to research in the area of soybean genetics, sourcing their soybeans from sister company, MS Technologies, which is focused on using innovative technologies to improve the future of farming.

Randy Miller

Randy Miller, Farmer

Randy farms near Lacona, IA. He is an executive director with the Iowa Soybean Association from District 8. Miller believes agriculture as a whole benefits from consumers understanding and being comfortable with the use of technologies and wants the public to understand the dedication farmers have to protecting the environment.


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.

Peter Porpiglia

Peter Porpiglia, AMVAC

Peter is vice president of AMVAC’s Global Product Development and Technical Support. He has led the commercial development of over two dozen chemical active ingredients as well as several natural products in all sectors of crop protection. He recently served as an executive board member of the Weed Science Society of America and the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program representing all of the agricultural industry. Peter is a graduate of Cornell University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

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.


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 Steve Harris (PLPM), Kendall Lamkey (AGRON) and Amy Kaleita (interim ABE)
  • ISA Senior Director of Research Ed Anderson (ex officio)
  • ISU ISRC Director and Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology Greg Tylka