U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed 17 new members and one alternate member to the United Soybean Board yesterday, including two Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) board members, Gary Berg, St. Elmo, Ill. and Lynn Rohrscheib, Fairmount, Ill.
“We welcome Lynn and Gary both as new members of the United Soybean Board,” says Daryl Cates, ISG chairman. “I know Lynn and Gary will work hard to maintain and expand soybean markets on behalf of soybean farmers.”
Lynn Rohrscheib currently serves as vice-chair of ISG and is also an at-large director. She was previously the secretary and was a 2013 member of the American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader Class. She is active with the Vermillion County Farm Bureau and is a county election judge
Gary Berg currently is a district 13 director and serves on the ISG Marketing Committee. He recently participated on the United Soybean Board’s See for Yourself program, which provided an opportunity to learn first hand the international value of U.S. soybean to Mexico. Prior to joining the ISG board, Berg was a Soy Ambassador, member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and past president of the Illinois Wheat Association.
The U.S. Ag Secretary selects appointees from soybean producers nominated by Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSB). The directors will be appointed at USB’s upcoming annual meeting on December 10 in St. Louis.
Other appointed board members are as follows: Jim Carroll III, Arkansas; Walter L. Godwin, Georgia; Mark Alan Seib, Indiana; April Hemmes, Iowa; Dennis Clark, Kentucky; Raymond S. Schexnayder, Jr., Louisiana; Rochelle Krusemark, Minnesota; Todd A. Gibson, Missouri; Mark Caspers, Nebraska; Morris Lee Shambley, North Carolina; Jay Myers, North Dakota; John Motter, Ohio; Andrew J. Fabin, Pennsylvania; David Gregory Iverson, South Dakota; and Robert W. White, Jr., Virginia.
The board now includes five new appointees and 12 returning directors. This reflects the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s choice to increase its number of farmer-leaders from 70 to 73 to reflect growing U.S. soybean production.
“We want to also thank David Hartke and the late Dwain Ford for their time serving Illinois on the United Soybean Board,” adds Cates.
The farmer-leaders will invest soy checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers in projects to improve farmer profit potential.
The farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soybean meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.
ISG represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmers’ interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISG 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.
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