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Source: Iowa Soybean Assn news release

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) has named Heather Lilienthal director of producer services, effective April 21.

Current Director Rex Hoppes is resigning from ISA to farm full-time near Van Meter.

Lilienthal joined ISA in December 2012 as communications manager and has worked in agriculture for more than 10 years, telling the stories of Iowa's farmers.

In her new role, Lilienthal will develop programs in coordination with ISA staff and District Advisory Councils to help grow the association's membership. In addition, Lilienthal will assist in implementing programs and services that expand opportunities and deliver results for Iowa's soybean growers and their customers.

"Rex has developed a strong producer services team for Iowa's soybean farmers and we'll work to take that to the next level by identifying and empowering our association's new leaders," said Lilienthal.

"Our District Advisory Council structure has been revamped to allow farmers to work in areas that fit their skills and interests and to make the most of their most valuable commodity: time. Exciting things are happening at ISA and I am pleased to be a part of the momentum."

Also, Haylee Henke has joined the Iowa Soybean Association's producer services team, serving as the regional coordinator for the eastern Iowa area.

Henke earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University, including a minor in agronomy and a Juris Doctor. She graduated from law school at of Northern Illinois University. She previously worked for the FBL Financial Group/Iowa Farm Bureau Federation as a law clerk.

"I look forward to meeting Iowa Soybean Association members and learning more about their operations and learning how I can help make their organization work best for them," said Henke.

Henke grew up in Sycamore, Ill., on an 880-acre grain farm. She worked with her father throughout college and was involved in all aspects of the operation. Henke was also active with FFA, involved with soils, crop, livestock and horse judging.

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