ST. LOUIS (November 11, 2010) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the appointment of 34 farmer-directors and two alternates to the United Soybean Board (USB).
Eighteen of these farmer-leaders have been reappointed to the national checkoff board and bring back several years of experience in helping provide profit opportunities to all U.S. soybean farmers through farmer-driven U.S. soy research and promotion efforts. The 16 new board members bring a wealth of experience and perspective from working with their state soybean checkoff boards and other sectors of the U.S. soybean industry.
“We’re always very pleased to get such highly qualified people who are willing to donate their time to benefit all U.S. soybean farmers,” said USB Chairman Phil Bradshaw, a soybean farmer from Griggsville, Ill. “It’s critical for those on the board to have a thorough knowledge of the soy industry. Our directors bring diverse backgrounds and expertise in the areas that the checkoff funds, and I’m sure that’s the case again this year.”
Appointed farmer-leaders include:
All appointees will be sworn in on Dec. 8 when USB will hold its annual meeting in St. Louis and will serve three-year terms. Qualified State Soybean Boards nominated all of the soybean farmers selected by the agriculture secretary to serve on USB.
USB is made up of 68 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.