Contact: Dave Blower Jr. at 317-644-0980;
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2020) — Indiana soybean farmers interested in serving on the United Soybean Board (USB) must submit an application to Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) by Feb. 28. Comprised of 78 volunteer farmer-directors, the USB oversees the investments of the national soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. All USB directors serve three-year terms. Four directors represent Indiana on the USB board, and one of these positions is open for re-appointment in 2020.
The soybean checkoff program allows farmers to contribute to the market development, promotion, production and utilization of soybeans. The USB farmer-directors ensure the investment of checkoff funds create value for soybean farmers in appropriate programs. USB asks that directors commit to attending three board meetings each year, usually in February, June and December. In addition, directors serve on action teams or other subgroups. If appointed, the term would begin December 2020.
Any Indiana farmer eligible to apply must grow soybeans or own or share in the ownership and risk of loss of soybeans. Although the USDA Secretary appoints directors to the USB board, the ISA – as the state soybean checkoff organization – submits director candidate names to the USDA for consideration.
Indiana soybean farmers who want to be an ISA nominee to the USB board, should complete a background form and a candidate questionnaire. Visit www.indianasoybean.com/elections or call Hannah Vorsilak, ISA Director of Education & Training, at 317-644-2791 for an application. All forms must be received in the ISA office by Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
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 biodiesel, livestock, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 24,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 700 dues-paying members. Visitfor more information.
This communication was funded with soybean checkoff dollars.