Keota, Iowa, farmer John Heisdorffer will serve as the 2018 president of the American Soybean Association. Heisdorffer raises soybeans, corn and hogs with his wife, Deanna and son Chris.
"There is a so much facing the soybean industry today, and I am very aware of the responsibility that this position carries with it,” Heisdorffer said. “For the first time in history, American farmers harvested more acres of soybeans than any other crop. We are a leading voice in the ongoing dialogue on food and farming, and as a leader, it's our duty to stay engaged and stay passionate on the issues that affect soybean farmers every day. Whether that's trade or biotechnology or regulation, there is plenty to be done. I am excited to get to work, and I look forward to leading this wonderful organization in the coming year."
Heisdorffer replaces Illinois' Ron Moore as president, and Moore will move to the role of ASA chairman. Former chairman Richard Wilkins of Delaware rotates off the nine-member ASA Governing Committee.
The ASA Board also elected Davie Stephens to serve as vice president, a position that places him in line to serve as the association's president in 2019. Stephens lives in Clinton, Ky., and farms in Kentucky and Tennessee with his wife Judy and his father, raising soybeans, corn and poultry.
In addition to Heisdorffer, Moore and Stephens, the ASA board voted to elect Kevin Scott of South Dakota as secretary; Bill Gordon of Minnesota for a second term as treasurer; and Bret Davis of Ohio, Eric Maupin of Tennessee, Joe Steinkamp of Indiana, and Charles Atkinson of Kansas as at-large Governing Committee members.
New members beginning their nine-year terms on the ASA board are Dennis Fujan of Nebraska; Josh Gackle of North Dakota; Jered Hooker of Illinois; Ryan Kirby of Louisiana; Alan Meadows of Tennessee; Scott Metzger of Ohio; Nick Moody of Virginia; Scott Persall of Canada; Caleb Ragland of Kentucky; Ronnie Russell of Missouri; and Brandon Wipf of South Dakota.
The new ASA Directors replace retiring directors Ed Erickson, Jr., of North Dakota; Bruce Hall of Virginia; Mark Huston of Canada; Jim Miller of Nebraska; Dave Poppens of South Dakota; Jeff Sollars of Ohio and Lawrence Sukalski of Minnesota.