Illinois soybean farmers and farm operators with an interest in advocacy and leadership are encouraged to run for one of four potential open director positions representing Illinois on the American Soybean Association (ASA) board.
“Being on the American Soybean Association board is an opportunity to have an impact on the policy that is affecting Illinois farmers,” says Ron Kindred, past ASA director from Atlanta, Ill. “From Hill visits with legislators, to outreach and engagement with both farmers and customers, this is a great role to see a side of the industry where you may not normally interact.”
Currently Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) has three representatives on the ASA board. The first term for Bill Wykes, Yorkville, Ill., ends in 2017, so he remains a representative this year. ASA Vice-Chairman Ron Moore, Roseville, Ill., is eligible to run for a second term. Due to the tenure provision specified in the ASA by-laws, Mike Cunningham, Bismarck, Ill. is not eligible for reelection. ASA directors may serve a maximum of three, three-year terms.
To be eligible to serve as an ASA director, candidates:
- Must be a member of ASA.
- Must be a producer of soybeans as a farm owner, farm manager or farm operator.
- May not be an officer or director of any other national soybean policy organization.
- Must be elected by the ISG board.
Candidates can obtain applications from the ISG office or www.ilsoy.org/about-us/leadership/opportunities, and file by June 10, 2016. All eligible candidates will be invited to the ISG meeting to address the board prior to elections. Elections will be held at 1:30 p.m., July 28, 2016, during the ISG board meeting in Springfield, Ill. No write-in provision exists for ASA director elections.
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C. to promote the interests of soybean farmers, and research, promotion and education programs that enhance soybean production and use. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.org.
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