OBJECTIVE: Provide in-depth coverage and communications of issues impacting the production of soybeans with an emphasis on the work and results of ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation.


  • Assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive research communications plan to elevate awareness and farmer engagement in the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI).
  • Provide in-depth coverage of ISA’s programs and activities with a focus on the work of the RCFI including topics centric to agronomic research, soybean production, soil and water health and research analytics.
  • Generate timely stories, infographics, farmer testimonials and in-depth discoveries of on-farm trials and outcomes for ISA’s communication channels, including for publication in the Iowa Soybean Review.
  • Serve as editor of the RCFI Field Report (published in February).
  • Collaborate with RCFI and develop promotions and outreach to growers to encourage greater farmer participation in ISA research activities. This includes webinars, printed materials, field events and special publications.
  • Maintain timely and accurate progress schedule of all assignments and deliverables as included in research contracts and proposals involving communications and farmer outreach activities.
  • Assist the communications & editorial director, public relations manager and Iowa Soybean Review editor in the development and execution of ISA’s editorial calendar.
  • Develop infographics and content contributions for ISA social media.
  • Network closely with ISA public relations manager to maintain timely and accurate content for ISA message mapping pertaining to the ISA Research Team.
  • Provide copy editing and proofing of communications centric to the RCFI and ISA research partners.
  • Strengthen association’s relationship with Iowa State University faculty and Extension staff by providing timely coverage of agronomic research, plant science, weed management and other soybean-focused activity.
  • Participate and provide update reports at weekly I&E team meetings and Friday Memo.


  • Acquiring information
  • Active listening
  • Creating and maintaining networks
  • Communicating effectively
  • Accepting direction
  • Composing and writing text
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Adapting quickly to change
  • Ability to manage projects on deadline
  • Working under deadline
  • Assessing and understanding people
  • Building and supporting teams
  • Strong understanding of the needs of customers and farmers


  • This position requires up to 35% travel. Frequently travel is outside the local area with some overnight.


  • This position has no supervisory responsibility


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field.
  • 2-3 years proven experience in journalism and communications; ag reporting preferred.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account available
  • Cellphone and Wellness reimbursement
  • 401(k) with generous company match
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Dress for your Day Dress Code 
Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources 

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.