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Indiana soybean growers front and center in national leadership

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 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 14, 2018) — Indiana farmer Mark Alan Seib was reappointed at the United Soybean Board’s annual meeting in St. Louis on Dec. 5 to accept his third and final three-year term as a USB director. Seib joins Hoosier growers Tom Griffiths, David Lowe and Kevin Wilson on the national checkoff’s board.


Also in the news, on Dec. 6 Indiana soybean farmer and American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Joe Steinkamp was elected to serve on the ASA Governing Committee. Joining Steinkamp, Indiana grower Kendell Culp serves on the policy-aimed ASA board. These Hoosier farmers closely watch crucial issues such as international trade agreements, implementation of a new farm bill and ongoing debate about the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.


For example, in September, Culp participated in a White House meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and others on the status of the farm economy. In November, Steinkamp traveled to Cuba to assess new market opportunities for U.S. grain.


“Opening doors with Cuba to set the stage for market expansion prospects seems like a win-win for both the U.S. and the Cuban people,” said Steinkamp, who farms near Evansville, Ind. “I was grateful to have the opportunity to work with other commodity crop farmers from around the country to increase understanding and discuss opportunities expand access to our high-quality crops with a nearby population that values wholesome, affordable, U.S-grown food.”


Steinkamp’s ASA Governing Committee is indicative of his long-standing service to soybean farmers. Steinkamp previously served nine years on the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) board.


Seib, a farmer from Poseyville, Ind., serves as the chair of the USB’s Marketplace Action Committee, and he’s also on the Executive Committee. He is a former ISA director where he served as president and vice-president.


“Developing new markets and crop research is at the heart of USB’s work. One area of focus is boosting the market for high oleic soybeans that were developed through USB-funded research,” Seib said. “From a new concrete sealant to a coating on Goodyear tires, USB seeks new uses for soybeans to develop stronger markets that benefit farmers.”


Seib’s industry service includes work with ASA and the U.S. Meat Export Federation.


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


This communication was partially funded with Indiana soybean checkoff dollars.