January 20, 2017

The Founding Ag Organizations of Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

In August 2014, three leading agriculture associations took an unprecedented step to form a new organization focused on improving Iowa’s water quality. The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance works with farmers and partners to drive the adoption of conservation practices and other innovations that will improve water quality.

While we raise awareness and facilitate activity statewide, we take specific action in priority watersheds. We are working to increase resources for these efforts from Federal and State programs, and from private stakeholders that share common goals; as well as to introduce new, innovative farm business planning tools that have the potential to improve water quality and help farmers maintain or increase profitability.

IAWA Board of Directors:

  • Chairman Kirk Leeds, Iowa Soybean Association CEO
  • Vice Chairman Craig Floss, Iowa Corn CEO
  • Secretary-Treasurer Pat McGonegel, Iowa Pork Producers CEO

Iowa Soybean Association logo, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance founder
About the Iowa Soybean Association: The ISA develops policies and programs that help Iowa’s more than 40,000 soybean farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The association was founded in 1964 and is governed by an elected volunteer board of 21 farmers. It strives to be honest and transparent, fact-based and data driven and committed to environmental stewardship, collaborations and partnerships.


Iowa Corn Growers Association logo, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance founder
About the Iowa Corn Promotion Board: The ICGP works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a membership organization lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its 7,800 farmer members. Both organizations work on the joint mission to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability.


Iowa Pork Producers Association logo, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance founder
About the Iowa Pork Producers Association: The IPPA serves as the trade association for all Iowa pork producers. Its mission is to “promote and educate for a sustainable, socially responsible, profitable and globally competitive pork industry.” IPPA administers pork checkoff programs such as promotion, research, education, consumer information, environmental initiatives, market development and public relations/communications, and serves as the public policy voice for Iowa hog farmers at the state and national levels.