October 30, 2020
USDA announces new farmer appointments to United Soybean Board
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed eight new soybean farmers to the United Soybean Board (USB) and reappointed 11 directors for an additional term.
These farmer-leaders will be officially sworn in for service at the annual USB meeting in December and will serve a three-year term.
"Every board member plays an integral role by lending their expertise and industry insights to determine checkoff investments that benefit all US soybean farmers," said USB chair Jim Carroll III. "The soy checkoff is led by a dedicated and diverse group of farmers, and I look forward to working with each of the newly appointed leaders to move our industry forward and further innovation."
The soy checkoff provides significant value to farmers by leveraging checkoff funds in investments and programmes to build preference for US soy across the country and around the world.
Authorised by the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USB is composed of 78 members representing 29 states, in addition to the Eastern and Western regions. The number of seats on the board is determined based on bushels produced in that region. Members must be soybean farmers nominated by a Qualified State Soybean Board.
"Board members have farms of almost every size and type, from those just starting out with a handful of acres to those with larger operations. Many of our farmer-leaders have a deep knowledge of demand opportunities and production research who are on the cutting edge with their minds on the future," said USB vice chair Dan Farney. "But every single one of them shares the goal to advance markets and profitability for US soybean farmers."
- United Soybean Board