March 9 Marks the Deadline to Submit Indiana Soybean Checkoff Director Applications
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2018) — Indiana soybean farmers interested in serving on the Indiana Soybean Alliance board of directors must submit completed applications by March 9, 2018. ISA directors are responsible for stewarding the Indiana checkoff funds on behalf of the state’s soybean farmers.
“One of the best ways to bring increased value back to soybean farmers is though the checkoff,” said Tom Griffiths, ISA Chair and farmer from Kendallville, Ind. “Whether though investments to increase exports of soybeans and value-added soy products such as meat and poultry, or by marketing innovative new uses such as soy concrete sealant, ISA directors work to invest your checkoff dollars in ways to increase soybean demand.
“Research investments play another important role in serving Indiana soybean farmers. The checkoff funds research that helps increase yields, evolve production methods and innovate sustainability practices, plus so much more. By running for our board, you have a chance to help guide where those checkoff dollars go.”
Candidates for the ISA Board are required to have been engaged in the growing of soybeans in Indiana in the last two years. Candidates must certify that they own the soybeans or share the ownership and risk of loss of the soybeans.
Interested candidates must sign a Director Expectation Statement and submit an Indiana Soybean Leader Profile form.
“We are always looking for farmer leaders to take part in this process,” Griffiths said. “And if you feel you have a small amount of time to give, consider running for one of the open positions."
ISA has four voting districts in the state and farmers elected to the 24-member board of directors will serve a three-year term. Eight seats — two in each district — are either open or up for re-election.
Two seats up for re-election in District I, and counties include: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, La Porte, Lake, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Tipton, Wabash and White.
Two seats open in District II, and counties include: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Dekalb, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Huntington, Jay, La Grange, Madison, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wayne, Wells and Whitley.
One seat up for re-election and one open seat in District III, and counties include: Clay, Daviess, Dubois, Fountain, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Spencer, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren and Warrick.
Two seats up for re-election in District IV, and counties include: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Perry, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Switzerland, Union and Washington.
Ballots will be distributed by mail to Indiana soybean farmers in July. Elected farmers will begin serving on the ISA board of directors in December 2018.
For more information or to obtain a Director Expectation Statement, download the form at Download the form at www.indianasoybean.com/elections or call Chris Weldon at 800-735-0195. Completed paperwork must be postmarked or faxed on or before March 9, 2018 to be eligible.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance manages and invests Indiana soybean checkoff funds in research, promotion and education programs that enhance soybean production and use and support state, national and international market development.
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The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, biofuels, environmental programs, and new uses for soybeans. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the nearly 600 dues paying members. Learn more at www.indianasoybean.com.
This communication was funded with Indiana soybean checkoff dollars.