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19 appointed to United Soybean Board

Three alternates also appointed. USB works to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct research and promotion activities.

United Soybean Board appointees have been announced. The 19 producers appointed to serve three year terms and three alternates include: 

  1. Annie Dee, Aliceville, Ala.
  2. Robert Stobaugh, Atkins, Ark.
  3. Gary Berg, Saint Elmo, Ill.
  4. Tom Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
  5. Thomas E. Oswald, Cleghorn, Iowa
  6. Larry K. Marek, Riverside, Iowa
  7. Dennis Gruenbacher, Andale, Kan.
  8. Keith N. Tapp, Sebree, Ky.
  9. Belinda Burrier, Union Bridge, Md.
  10. Herb Miller, Niles, Mich.
  11. Lawrence Sukalski, Fairmont, Minn.
  12. Philip Good, Macon, Miss.
  13. Lewis Rone, Pontageville, Mo.
  14. Mike Korth, Randolph, Neb.
  15. Dave Dotterer, Rittman, Ohio
  16. Ellie W. Green, Jr., Lynchburg, S.C.
  17. Marc V. Reiner, Tripp, S.D.
  18. David Nichols, Ridgely, Tenn.
  19. Andrew W. Scott, Jr., Monte Alto, Texas
  20. Colt Clemmons, Killen, Ala., Alternate
  21. Fitzhugh Bethea, Dillon, S.C., Alternate
  22. Daniel C. Berglund, Wharton, Texas, Alternate

"I truly appreciate the time and expertise that these individuals have agreed to provide, and know U.S. soybean producers will be well served by these men and women,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue when he made the announcement.

The board is composed of 73 members representing 29 states and Eastern and Western regions.  To become a member, you must be a soybean producer and be nominated by a qualified state soybean board.

The board is authorized by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Act. It became effective July 9, 1991, when the Soybean Promotion and Research Order was implemented.   

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards.  They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities.  USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity for participating stakeholders.

Source: USDA

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