The United Soybean Board and soybean checkoff swore in Ron Ohlde, a soybean farmer from Palmer, Kan., among 15 new checkoff farmer-leaders at its recent annual meeting. Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Ohlde now begins working to improve on-farm profit potential for not only soybean farmers in Kansas, but all also for U.S. soybean farmers.
"I plan to continue the goals and objectives of the soybean industry, whether in exports, production, domestic marketing, or other priority areas," said Ohlde, who, in addition to soybeans, grows corn, wheat, milo and alfalfa and raises cattle. "I hope to work to enhance the opportunities for U.S. soy producers."
The 15 new appointees join 54 existing or returning farmer-leaders in volunteering their time to administer all U.S. soybean farmers' checkoff investments. USB invests checkoff funds in research and promotion programs aimed at helping increase profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers.
Ohlde, nominated by the Kansas Soybean Commission, joins Bob Haselwood, of Berryton, and John Wray, of Ottawa, in representing Kansas on the board.
USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.
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