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Officer Team Elected and New Directors Installed at Indiana Soybean Alliance Meeting

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 2, 2018) — Indiana Soybean Alliance welcomed new farmer-directors and elected a new officer team at the organization’s December board meeting. Tom Griffiths of Kendallville, Ind. was re-elected as chair of the ISA director board.


“As we look to 2018, we are excited to continue the important work of ensuring that Indiana soybeans are successful in the marketplace,” said Griffiths. “Through strategic investment of checkoff funds, the ISA director board will ensure the funds will go toward research and marketing programs that will benefit Indiana soybean farmers.”


The ISA board is responsible for directing checkoff funds to drive the success of the Indiana soybean industry. Each year, ISA conducts an election to place farmer-leaders on its board of directors representing each of the state’s four districts. This year, ISA welcomed five new members to the board and four members returned for another 3-year term.


In District 1, Denise Scarborough of LaCrosse, Ind. was elected to the board, and Joe Tuholski of Mill Creek, Ind. will continue to serve on the board for a third term. District 1 includes Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lake, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Tipton, Wabash and White counties.


In District 2, CJ Chalfant of Harford City, Ind. was elected to the board and John Emmert of Ligonier, Ind. will continue to serve on the board for his second term. District 2 includes Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Huntington, Jay, LaGrange, Madison, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wayne, Wells and Whitley counties.


In District 3, Derika Lynam-Spaetti of Evansville, Ind., Mark Legan of Coatesville, Ind., and Gary McDaniel of Boonville, Ind. were selected to represent District 3, which includes Clay, Daviess, Dubois, Fountain, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Spencer, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren and Warrick counties.


In District 4, Anngie Steinbarger of Edinburgh, Ind. and Jim Douglas of Flat Rock, Ind. were re-elected to each serve a second term. District 4 includes 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.


In addition to installing new board members, the ISA board also elected a new officer team.


Serving with re-elected Chairman Griffiths, other members elected to the executive committee include: Joe Tuholski of Mill Creek, Ind. as vice chair; Anngie Steinbarger of Edinburgh, Ind. as secretary; David Rodibaugh of Rensselaer, Ind. as treasurer; Jim Douglas of Flat Rock, Ind. as grain marketing and utilization committee chair; Elaine Gillis of Dunkirk, Ind. as marketing and communications committee chair; and Phil Ramsey of Shelbyville, Ind. as membership and policy committee chair.


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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. Visit for more information.


This communications was funded with Indiana soybean checkoff dollars.