Rose Hill native and long-time conservation advocate Mark Jackson was recognized with the Legacy of Leadership Award by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) during its annual awards banquet earlier this month in Ankeny.
Sponsored by Stine Seed Company, the award is given to an Iowa soybean farmer who has demonstrated a passionate and relentless commitment to growing the soybean industry in Iowa.
Along with his wife JoAnn and son Mike, Jackson grows soybeans and corn and manages a wean-to-finish swine operation on their Mahaska County farm. Jackson has served ISA since 2003 on various committees including research, market development and legislative efforts. Jackson is also past president of the Iowa Soybean Association and served nine years as a director with the American Soybean Association. He is also past chairman for the county Farm Bureau and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and a past director on the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board.
“It’s about leadership, passion and commitment,” said Jackson. “I’m surrounded by leaders who are dedicated to making the soybean industry better and I’m humbled that peers would recognize the small role I’ve played in that pursuit.”
Bill Shipley, ISA president, and David Thompson, Stine Seed Company, presented the award. For more information on the Iowa Soybean Association, visit iasoybeans.com.