The Iowa Soybean Association held its board elections at its September meeting and Dean Coleman who farms near Humboldt is the new president. Mark Jackson of Rose Hill is president-elect. Tom Oswald of Cleghorn is treasurer and Wayne Fredericks of Osage is secretary. Brian Kemp of Sibley was also elected to the executive committee.
Coleman says the new leadership "brings talents and experience that will result in helpful discussion as we work on projects and areas of concern. I look forward to the coming year as we see record prices and the need to use producer dollars in an ever more prudent manner. We need to keep our exports at record pace, so working with the Chinese and all our other export customers, as well as our domestic partners, will be paramount. Another area I'm focusing on is the need to fund research to increase yields as we race to keep up with demand."
Reelected to three-year terms are Curt Sindergard of Rolfe, District 1; Delbert Christensen of Audubon, District 4; Randy VanKooten of Lynnville, District 5; Jim Andrew of Jefferson and Roy Arends of Alexander are at-large directors.
Other district directors are Brian Kemp, District 1; Wayne Fredericks and Dean Coleman, District 2; Sheila Hebenstreit of Jefferson and Kermit Allard of Cedar Falls, District 4; Rolland Schnell of Newton, District 5; Ben Schmidt of Iowa City and Ed Ulch of Solon, District 6; Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney and Delbert Westphalen of Atlantic, District 7; Cliff Mulder of Pella, District 8; Mark Jackson and John Heisdorffer of Keota, District 9. Ron Heck of Perry and Tom Oswald are at-large directors.
Iowa farmer is appointed to serve on United Soybean Board
Larry Marek, a farmer from Riverside in southeast Iowa was recently appointed to serve on the United Soybean Board by U.S. Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack. Marek is one of six new USB directors who'll be sworn in at the USB annual meeting in December. "I hope to help create greater demand for U.S. soybeans and continue moving the industry forward," he says. "U.S. soybean farmers are a big supplier throughout the world and we need to keep demand moving upward."
The six new appointees will join 63 existing or returning farmer-leaders in volunteering their time to serve as stewards of all U.S. soybean farmers' checkoff investments, ensuring the funds are used effectively to support global demand for U.S. soy and maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. The farmer-leaders focus on investing checkoff funds in 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 industry.
Nominated by the Iowa Soybean Association, Marek joins Iowans Delbert Christensen of Audubon, Laura Foell of Schaller and Jim Stillman of Emmetsburg on the board. "My passion has always been agriculture," says Marek. "I'm a lifelong farmer. I look forward to helping move agriculture forward. My goal is to help U.S. soybean farmers keep meeting global demand for soybeans and keep profits coming back to U.S. soybean farmers."
Iowa Soybean Association, Taiwanese delegation sign letter of intent
On September 30 under the gold dome of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, members of the Taiwan Agricultural Goodwill Mission and the Iowa Soybean Association signed a letter of intent for the Taiwanese purchase of U.S. soy products. The ceremony in the rotunda opened with remarks from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, who welcomed and thanked everyone for attending.
"It takes a lot to get corn and soybean farmers out of their combines," Northey said. "That fact that they're here shows just how important they view this meeting and the opportunity to discuss our continuing business with Taiwan."
Dr. Bao-Ji Chen, head of the Taiwan delegation, said it was great seeing old friends from Iowa, especially Governor Terry Branstad, who built the sister-state relationship between Iowa and Taiwan back in 1989. "We take this opportunity to ensure Taiwan's ability to get a reliable, quality supply of corn and soybeans," Chen said. "Iowa is the last stop on our trip, and we saved the best for last."
Branstad said he looks forward to continuing and growing the relationship with Taiwan. "Iowa agricultural appreciates the strong relationship with Taiwan, who is our fifth largest export producer. Let's hope we can increase that market in the future," Branstad said.A letter of intent was then signed by ISA president Dean Coleman of Humboldt and Han-Yeh Wang, chairman of the Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association (TVOA), stating the intent for TVOA to purchase between 103 million and 110 million bushels of U.S. soybeans in 2012 and 2013. "We're very glad to have the Taiwan delegation in town," Coleman said. "They are an important trading partner. With this signing, they will buy 20% of our soybean production over the next two years."