09-27-16 United Soybean Board Appointments Increase to 73 Directors

United Soybean Board Appointments Increase to 73 Directors

Twenty-four returning, 15 new directors will be sworn in at annual meeting

usb-united-soybean-board-logoST. LOUIS (Sept. 27, 2016) – The United Soybean Board (USB) will grow from 70 to 73 directors this winter to represent soybean production growth in Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin. New and returning farmer-leaders will be sworn in at USB’s annual meeting in St. Louis on Dec. 9. All appointees were nominated by their Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs) and confirmed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 26.

This year’s group of 39 appointees will join the other 34 farmer-leaders in directing soy checkoff funds to research, marketing and promotion efforts that increase soybean farmer profitability. To increase the value of U.S. soy, the checkoff works with partners in the value chain, from supply to marketplace to demand, to identify and capture opportunities that increase farmer profit potential.

“Soybean farmers are at the heart and mission of the soy checkoff,” says Jared Hagert, USB chair and soybean farmer from Emerado, North Dakota. “To embody the farmer perspective, farmer-leaders from the soybean-growing region step up to volunteer their time and skills to maximize profit opportunities for their neighbors over the county line and across the country. It is through the expertise, vision and inspiration of these dedicated men and women that the checkoff can bring fresh, new ideas to grow innovation beyond the bushel.”

Appointed farmer-leaders include:

• Arkansas: Derek Haigwood*
• Colorado: Grant Watermann* (Western Region)
• Delaware: Cory Atkins
• Illinois: Dan Farney*
• Illinois: Doug Winter*
• Indiana: David Lowe
• Indiana: Kevin Wilson*
• Iowa: Delbert Christensen*
• Kansas: Ronald Ohlde*
• Kansas: Lance Rezac
• Louisiana: Charles Cannatella*
• Maryland: William Layton
• Michigan: Jim Domagalski*
• Michigan: David Williams*
• Minnesota: Gene Stoel
• Minnesota: Jim Willers*
• Mississippi: C. D. Simmons III*
• Mississippi: David Wansley*
• Missouri: Neal Bredehoeft
• Missouri: Meagan Kaiser
• Nebraska: Gregg Fujan*
• Nebraska: Edward Lammers
• New Jersey: Bill Bibus*
• New York: Ralph Lott*
• North Carolina: Jacob Parker*
• North Carolina: Benjamin Potter (2-year term)
• North Dakota: Jared Hagert*
• North Dakota: Darren Kadlec
• Ohio: Keith Kemp*
• Ohio: Steve Reinhard
• Oklahoma: Paul Fruendt*
• Pennsylvania: John Harrell
• South Dakota: Lewis Bainbridge*
• Tennessee: John Dodson*
• Virginia: Cameron Gibson*
• West Virginia: Marty Kable (Eastern Region)
• Wisconsin: Nancy Kavazanjian*
• Wisconsin: Jennifer Poltermann
• Wisconsin: Dan Roe

Additionally, the following alternate directors were appointed:

• Colorado: Ross Watermann
• Delaware: Dallas Wright*
• New Jersey: Fred Catalano
• New York: Elizabeth Rudgers
• Oklahoma: Scotty Herriman

*Indicates returning director

USB’s 70 farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds in programs and partnerships to drive soybean innovation beyond the bushel and increase preference for U.S. soy. That preference is based on U.S. soybean meal and oil quality and the sustainability of U.S. soybean farmers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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