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USDA announces USB farmer-director appointments

Nineteen farmer-leaders will be sworn in as directors of the United Soybean Board in December, after receiving appointment recently by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

The 19 soybean farmers from across the United States include seven new appointees and 12 returning directors. These volunteers work to invest checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers in the areas of domestic and international marketing, maintaining and increasing U.S. soybean yields, finding new uses for soy, ensuring market access for U.S. soy and other areas affecting the U.S. soy industry.

"It is our board's job to wisely invest checkoff dollars to increase the profit potential of all U.S. soybean farmers," said USB Chairman Marc Curtis, a soybean farmer from Leland, Miss. "Serving U.S. soybean farmers as part of USB takes a great commitment but is truly an honor as well."

Appointed farmer-leaders include: Angela M. Dee, Ala.; Robert L. Stobaugh, Ark.; James L. Stillman, Iowa; Larry K. Marek, Iowa; Dwain L. Ford, Ill.; Michael A. Beard, Ind.; Craig M. Gigstad, Kan.; Keith N. Tapp, Ky.; Eugene L. Lowe III, Md.; R. Alan Moore, Mich.; Scott G. Singlestad, Minn.; J. Willard Spargo, Mo.; James D. Sneed, Miss.; Loyd L. Pointer, Neb.; Daniel J. Corcoran, Ohio; Ellie W. Green Jr., S.C.; Robert J. Metz, S.D.; John R. Butler, Tenn.; Tom P. Rotello Sr., Texas; James P. Buck, Ala. (alternate director); Scotty J. Herriman, Okla. (alternate director); and Fitzhugh L. Bethea III, S.C. (alternate director).

All appointees, who will serve three-year terms, will be sworn in on Dec. 6 at USB's annual meeting in St. Louis. Qualified State Soybean Boards nominated all of the soybean farmers selected by the agriculture secretary to serve on USB.

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.

For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit us at www.UnitedSoybean.org.

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