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United Soybean Board applications due February 28

Contact: Dave Blower Jr. at 317-644-0980;

 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2019) — 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 73 volunteer farmer-directors, the United Soybean Board 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 two of these positions are open for re-appointment this year.


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 2019.


Any Indiana farmer eligible to apply must grow soybeans in the United States 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 – 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, need to complete a background form and a candidate questionnaire. Visit or call Chris Weldon at 1-800-735-0195. All forms must be received by Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.


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 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 800 dues-paying members. Visit for more information.


This communication was funded with soybean checkoff dollars.