New Farmer-Leaders Appointed to the United Soybean Board


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of 19 new farmer-leaders to serve on the United Soybean Board (USB). In addition, 24 farmer-leaders were reappointed. Forty-six leaders and alternates will serve three-year terms, and one new appointed member will serve a one-year term. Leaders will be sworn in for service during the USB December Meeting in St. Charles, Mo.

“We are thrilled about this group of directors joining us, whether they are new or returning farmer-leaders,” said Ralph Lott, USB Chair and farmer from New York. “Each of them offers different expertise and industry insights that will assist with making strategic checkoff investments to benefit all U.S. soybean farmers now and looking at what’s ahead.”

The soy checkoff provides significant value to farmers by continuing to fund programs that build preference for U.S. soybeans across the country and throughout the world. Authorized by the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the checkoff is composed of 77 members representing 29 states, in addition to the Eastern and Western regions. The number of seats on the board and farmer representation is based on bushels produced in each of the production regions. Members must be soybean farmers nominated by a Qualified State Soybean Board.

“I look forward to the diverse perspectives these farmer-leaders will bring to our board. Together, we will work to create value for U.S. soybean farmers through strategically designed research, education and promotion programs,” said Meagan Kaiser, USB Vice Chair and Missouri farmer.

Newly appointed farmer-leaders include:

Arkansas – Dustin Henson, Paragould

Illinois – David Wessel, Chandlerville

Illinois – Dwayne R. Anderson, Lynn Center

Indiana – Matthew Chapman, Springport

Iowa – Robb Ewoldt, Davenport

Iowa – Brent Renner, Klemme (1-year term)

Louisiana – Joseph Boudreaux, Port Barre

Maryland – R. Travis Hutchison, Cordova

Michigan – Dennis J. Gardner, Croswell

Michigan – Carla Schultz, Mayville

Minnesota – Thomas F. Frisch, Dumont

Mississippi – Matthew Guedon, Natchez

Nebraska – Victor Bohuslavsky, Seward

New Jersey – Patrick Giberson, Pemberton

New York – Jason E. Swede, Piffard

Oklahoma – Brent A. Rendel, Miami

South Dakota – Dawn Scheier, Salem

Wisconsin – Sara R. Stelter, Wautoma

Western Region – Rod Hahn, Yuma, Colorado

Reappointed farmer-leaders include:

Delaware – Cory Atkins, Seaford

Indiana – Donald Andrew Wyss II, Fort Wayne

Kansas – Kurt Maurath, Oakley

Kansas – Lance Rezac, Onaga

Kentucky – Barry Lee Alexander, Cadiz

Minnesota – Gene Stoel, Lake Wilson

Mississippi – Jerry Slocum, Coldwater

Missouri – Neal W. Bredehoeft, Alma

Missouri – Meagan Kaiser, Bowling Green

Nebraska – Edward Lammers, Hartington

North Carolina – Reginald H. Strickland, Mount Olive

North Dakota – Matthew Gast, Valley City

North Dakota – Ryan Richard, Horace

North Dakota – Darren Kadlec, Pisek

Ohio – Steve Reinhard, Bucyrus

Ohio – Charles W. Bayliss, West Mansfield

Pennsylvania – John Harrell, Lebanon

South Dakota – Michael McCranie, Claremont

Tennessee – Don Willis, Hillsboro

Tennessee – Steve May, Hurricane Mills

Virginia – Susan A. Watkins, Sutherland

Wisconsin – Nancy Kavazanjian, Beaver Dam

Wisconsin – Tony Mellenthin, Eau Galle

Eastern Region – J. Nicholas Kercheval, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Newly appointed alternates include:

Delaware – Robert L. Emerson III, Middletown

New York – Seth Pritchard, Canandaigua

Eastern Region – Mark H. Kable, Charles Town, West Virginia

Western Region – Ross Watermann, Vona, Colorado

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About United Soybean Board:

United Soybean Board’s 77 volunteer farmer-leaders work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers create value by investing in research, education and promotion with the vision to deliver sustainable soy solutions to every life, every day across the three priority areas of Infrastructure & Connectivity, Health & Nutrition, and Innovation & Technology. 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. For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit