Ken Isley to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University April 9

March 25th, 2019

AMES, Iowa — Ken Isley, head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, will present the 2019 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture April 9 at Iowa State University.

Isley will present, “The Role of the U.S. in the Global Food and Agriculture Marketplace,” at 7 p.m. in the Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall, on the Iowa State campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Isley is an Iowa State alumnus with a degree in agriculture and life sciences education. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.

As administrator of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, he leads offices around the world in expanding trade and export opportunities for American agriculture. Additionally, Isley chairs USDA’s Intra-Departmental Coordination Committee on International Affairs.

Previously, Isley worked for Dow AgroSciences, where he held various senior leadership roles, including vice president, general counsel and head of the company’s global legal department. He also was a special advisor for Corteva Agriscience. 

The Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture was created in memory of the founders of Hertz Farm Management Inc. to inspire generations of industry leaders, research scientists and young professionals to reach their full potential. 


Melea Reicks Licht, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-8892,