Coleman leaves lasting legacy


Dean Coleman checks his bean crop in this 2012 file photo after a very dry year. During his lifetime, Coleman saw soybeans grow from very much a secondary crop in Iowa to one of the leading cash crops in the U.S., that not only powered people and animals in a dietary sense, but also farmer’s tractors and combines. Humboldt Independent file photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
“He had a passion and could connect with everyone from second and third graders on his farm to foreign dignitaries on a trade mission. The net Dean cast in his neighborhood, school district and the state and national soybean world can’t be replaced.”
Those words from Vincent farmer and former Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Board member Jim Legvold were echoed time and time again this past week at the local coffee shops, at the Faith United Methodist Church and at the Iowa Soybean Association headquarters in Ankeny, as memories poured in about Humboldt farmer Dean Coleman and his impact on American agriculture and beyond.
Coleman, 62, died early Tuesday, Aug. 13, from injuries suffered in a fall from inside a grain bin on his farm on 230th Street, on Aug. 12.
A tireless promoter of the corn and soybeans he raised on his farm, Coleman was a 15-year board member of the Iowa Soybean Association and had served on the American Soybean Association Board since 2016.
“Dean relished the opportunity to go on trade missions and while he was quiet and soft-spoken, he became a very effective spokesperson for growers from Iowa and the nation. He brought his farm knowledge and self-assuredness to a number of trade missions and in hosting guests on his farm from around the world,” ISA CEO Kirk Leeds said.
“His leadership was a natural progression, he enjoyed being part of committee groups and task forces focused on big things," Leeds remarked. Read the full story about this leader remembered in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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