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TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 12, 2019) — The U.S. Meat Export Federation added Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) board member Mark Legan, a farmer from Coatesville, Ind., to its Executive Committee on Nov. 7 during its Strategic Planning Conference in Tucson. Legan accepted a position on the committee representing the Oilseed Producing sector.
“Joining the USMEF Executive Committee is a great honor, and I’m looking forward to this great opportunity,” Legan said. “I’m proud to represent the farmers who produce oilseeds. The USMEF works hard to expand markets for U.S. livestock producers. I work on both sides of that fence, and I believe I know the issues that concern row-crop farmers and livestock producers.”
Legan and his wife, Phyllis, farm with their daughter, Beth, and son-in-law, Nick Tharp. He grows soybeans and corn, plus he keeps 2,200 sows that produce approximately 60,000 pigs per year on his farm, Legan Livestock and Grain, Inc., in rural Putnam and Hendricks counties. Legan has been farming since 1982. He has a Bachelor’s degree in animal science and a Master’s degree in agriculture from Purdue University. Legan worked as an educator for the Purdue Extension Service from 1982-1988.
Legan won the American Soybean Association’s Conservation Legacy Award in 2014. He is a past president of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, and he is a former board member for the National Pork Producers Council. Active in state government, Legan has worked with Indiana’s Board of Animal Health, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Water Board and the Advisory Committee for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
Also at the USMEF meeting, Danita Rodibaugh of Rensselaer, Ind., was awarded with the group’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the pursuit of USMEF’s export goals.
Rodibaugh is a former USMEF chair and a longtime advocate for the U.S. red meat industry. Active in the management of a family farm operation that raises pigs, corn, soybeans and wheat, Rodibaugh is a past president of the National Pork Board (NPB) and served on the board of directors of both the National Pork Producers Council and Indiana Pork, the NPB Trade Committee and several committees focused on environmental stewardship.
“I really admire the past recipients of the USMEF Distinguished Service Award, and I am humbled to receive such an honor,” Rodibaugh said. “I marvel at an organization like USMEF that can work with so many different agricultural sectors and bring them together to accomplish a common goal. Looking back at my time as USMEF chair and as an officer, it’s that kind of collaboration that I am most proud of – working jointly and making key decisions together. I was truly blessed to have such an outstanding officer team when I was USMEF chair.”
The USMEF is a diverse group that includes cattle, hog and sheep producers, oilseed producers, grain farmers, packers, processors, traders and supply and service companies. USMEF represents nine different sectors, all sharing a common interest in increasing exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb. USMEF is funded through membership dues, agricultural commodity checkoff programs and funds provided by the USDA. The organization is governed by an Executive Committee elected from the Board of Directors. USMEF is based in Denver, Colo., and has 16 additional offices in key markets around the world. The mission of USMEF is “to increase the value and profitability of the U.S. beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand for their products in export markets through a dynamic partnership of all stakeholders.”
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 more than 600 dues-paying members. Learn more at www.indianasoybean.com
This communication was funded with soybean checkoff dollars.