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Illinois Farmer Elected American Soybean Association President

Ron Moore, farmer from Roseville, Ill., and past chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), was elected as president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) today. Moore previously held vice-chair and secretary positions on the ASA board. He will represent farmers from across the United States on legislative affairs and issues.

“I am excited to be elected ASA president and work with this group of leaders who have the best interests of all soybean farmers at heart. As we face more regulatory challenges in agriculture, we want to manage the load and equip farmers to advocate effectively about the issues,” says Moore. “We want to continue to support the policies that make farmers successful.”

ASA also works closely with the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) membership program to advocate for Illinois soy farmers on policy and trade.

Moore began farming in 1977 after earning his bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and economics from Culver-Stockton College.  He raises corn and soybeans, along with feeder cattle grazed on pasture.  He and his wife, Deb, have three sons.  He also has served on the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) board and is a past chairman of Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP). Moore begins his one-year term immediately.

Moore’s election comes as several other ISA representatives have also been elected to national positions in the last month. Dan Farney, past ISA director from Morton, was elected this week to the United Soybean Board (USB) executive committee.  Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, current ISA district 12 director from Nebo, was elected secretary of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) in November. USFRA is an organization founded in 2010 to unite agriculture and earn consumer trust in today’s farming and ranching practices.

Past ISA board member Mike Cunningham, Bismarck, was elected vice president for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) in November. With nearly 200 member companies, NBB is the leading US trade association representing biodiesel and renewable diesel.  At the same meeting, current ISA director Jeff Lynn, Oakford, was elected to the National Biodiesel Foundation (NBF). NBF addresses national issues such as cleaner air, greater economic development for rural communities, and enhanced national security through energy independence.

“It is great to have strong voices from Illinois sitting on national boards,” says Daryl Cates, ISA chairman and soybean farmer from Columbia, Ill. “These farmers take the values and leadership we have in Illinois and make sure our issues are known and spoken across the United States.”

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C., through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.

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 Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture. For more information about ISG, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.com.


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Amy Roady