Bob Haselwood has a new job. The Berryton, Kansas, soybean producer was elected to lead the United Soybean Board for the next year. He was elected by fellow USB farmer-directors.
Haselwood can rely on fellow farmer-directors for input as he moves forward, but he also has the feedback offered from the 2014 Connections event held by the group too. "Having the feedback from the industry-wide Connections meeting really helps us as farmer-directors to lay a path for the future of this organization," he says.
Here's a list of farmer-leaders that will join Haselwood on the executive committee to oversee USB's projects:
Vice Chairman: Jared Hagert, Emerado, North Dakota
Secretary: Dwain Ford, Kinmundy, Illinois
Treasurer: John Motter, Jenera, Ohio
Meal Action Team Chair: Laura Foell, Schaller, Iowa
Oil Action Team Chair: Jimmy Sneed, Hernando, Mississippi
Freedom to Operate Action Team Chair: Bill Beam, Elverson, Pennsylvania
Customer Focus Action Team Chair: John Dodson, Halls, Tennessee
International Opportunities Target Area Coordinator: Dwain Ford, Kinmundy, Illinois
Domestic Opportunities Target Area Coordinator: Lewis Bainbridge, Ethan, South Dakota
Communications Target Area Coordinator: Nancy Kavazanjian, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Past Chairman: Jim Call, Madison, Minnesota
Additionally, Nebraska farmer Gregg Fujan will serve as Supply Target Area coordinator. Keith Tapp, from Kentucky, will serve as Audit & Evaluation Committee chair.
Members of the Strategic Management Committee (SMC) will continue to keep the checkoff’s strategic goals at the forefront. Farmer-leaders who will serve on the SMC include:
Jared Hagert, Emerado, North Dakota
Jim Call, Madison, Minnesota
Mike Beard, Frankfort, Indiana
Larry Marek, Riverside, Iowa
Ron Ohlde, Palmer, Kansas
John Motter, Jenera, Ohio
In addition to electing a new slate of officers, 19 checkoff farmer-leaders were sworn in. Five of these directors are new to the board, with 14 returning.
The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. Learn more at unitedsoybean.org
Source: United Soybean Board