Valent joins Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

Field of young soybeans in field with corn residue between rows
Soybeans seedlings. Photo by Daren Mueller, Iowa State University. 

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University welcomes Valent as its newest industry partner. A representative from Valent will serve on the center’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research needs and funding priorities for the center.

“Valent is honored to join the group of industry partners associated with the Iowa Soybean Research Center and looks forward to the collaboration. We are committed to developing technologies that equip growers to protect their crops, enhance yield and quality and drive sustainability,” said Kenneth Seebold, senior director of field research and development for Valent.

“I am pleased to welcome Valent as the newest partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center,” said ISRC co-director Greg Tylka. “I have worked with Valent scientists evaluating products for control of the soybean cyst nematode for numerous years and have admired their approach to developing pest management solutions for soybean farmers.”

“We look forward to adding Valent’s perspective to the ISRC Industry Advisory Council as we continually strive to identify researchable questions and gain insights to improve soybean farmers’ productivity, profitability and sustainability,” said Christie Wiebbecke, chief officer of research and conservation for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s Industry Advisory Council.

As one of the ISRC’s industry partners, Valent will provide financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from the Iowa Soybean Association to support soybean research at the university.

The center is a formal collaboration of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Soybean Association and industry partners. Together, representatives from ISA and industry make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Valent is the center’s newest industry partner, joining Ag Ingenuity Partners, Albaugh, AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Beck’s, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Innvictis/Simplot, Meristem Crop Performance, Merschman Seeds, Mosaic, Nutrien, Peterson Genetics, Sound Agriculture, Syngenta and UPL.

About Valent

Valent U.S.A. LLC, headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States, Canada and Mexico that advance sustainable agriculture, protect crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences LLC. 

About the Iowa Soybean Research Center

The Iowa Soybean Research Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on July 1, 2024. The ISRC was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by emailing the center at or by contacting the center’s co-directors listed below.



Dr. Greg Tylka, Iowa Soybean Research Center, 515-294-0878, 
Dr. Asheesh "Danny" Singh, Iowa Soybean Research Center, 515-294-3268,
Kara Berg, Iowa Soybean Research Center, 515-294-8927,  
Dr. Kenneth Seebold, Valent, 859-940-5184,