Iowan Named To United Soybean Board Executive Committee

Northwest Iowa farmer Laura Foell appointed as the Meal Action Team leader at USB's recent annual meeting.

Published on: Jan 3, 2014

With the growth in soybean acres, the United Soybean Board (USB) has added a new farmer-leader. That new director, from Mississippi, was sworn in recently along with 12 other new and 22 reappointed directors at USB's Annual Meeting. Shortly after being sworn in, these directors took part in electing new leadership to begin the strategic-planning process for the next year.

The board elected Jim Call, soybean farmer from Madison, Minn., to lead the board as USB Chairman in 2014. "I've been proud to be a part of USB as it takes its work to a new level," says Call. "The checkoff's research to improve and grow demand and preference for U.S. soy really benefits all U.S. soybean farmers."

UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD: The United Soybean Board oversees administration of the national soybean checkoff. The board of 70 soybean growers from across the U.S. makes decisions on how checkoff money will be spent on various projects and programs to improve profitability of soybean production.
UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD: The United Soybean Board oversees administration of the national soybean checkoff. The board of 70 soybean growers from across the U.S. makes decisions on how checkoff money will be spent on various projects and programs to improve profitability of soybean production.

Call won't be by himself in continuing to move the soy industry forward in the areas of meal, oil, freedom to operate and customer focus. He'll be joined by the executive committee (see photo), consisting of these 11 members:

Vice Chairman: Bob Haselwood, Berryton, Kan.

Secretary: Lewis Bainbridge, Ethan, S.D.

Treasurer: Jared Hagert, Emerado, N.D.

Meal Action Team Chair: Laura Foell, Schaller, Iowa

Oil Action Team Chair: Lewis Bainbridge, Ethan, S.D.

Freedom to Operate Action Team Chair: Richard Fordyce, Bethany, Mo.

Customer Focus Action Team Chair: John Motter, Jenera, Ohio

International Opportunities Target Area Coordinator: Dwain Ford, Kinmundy, Ill.

Supply Target Area Coordinator: Gregg Fujan, Weston, Neb.

Communications Target Area Coordinator: Jimmy Sneed, Hernando, Miss.

Past Chairman: Jim Stillman, Emmetsburg, Iowa~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

Additionally, Jim Schriver, soybean farmer from Blufton, Ind., will serve as Domestic Opportunities Target Area Coordinator and David Hartke, soybean farmer Teutopolis, Ill., will chair USB's Audit and Evaluation committee.

Iowan Laura Foell is elected to executive committee, as chair of USB's Soybean Meal Action Team

One of the new members of the USB  executive committee is a checkoff farmer-leader, Laura Foell of Schaller, Iowa. She chairs USB's Soybean Meal Action Team. The partnership between soybean farmers and the animal ag sector helps sustain local farms and produces safe and reliable food for the rest of the world, says Foell.

"It's important that poultry and livestock farmers and soybean farmers continue to work together," she adds. "A healthy animal ag sector supports our local and state economies, our soybean demand and our food supply."

According to a new USB-funded study, hogs are the biggest soybean meal eaters in Iowa, consuming 81%, followed by egg-laying hens at 8%. Poultry, swine and other livestock consume about 97% of the supply of U.S. soybean meal every year in their feed. Last year in Iowa, animal ag used an estimated 3.9 million tons of soybean meal, or the meal from nearly 162 million bushels of soybeans. Overall, U.S. poultry, livestock and fish farmers used more than 30 million tons (the meal from 1.26 billion bushels) in the 2011/12 marketing year, which is an increase of 1 million tons (meal from 42 million bushels) from the previous year.

Animal agriculture is important to the U.S. economy, and the food supply

Iowa animal agriculture sector continues to help support the state's economy by adding 20,500 jobs within the past decade, according to the recent United Soybean Board-funded Animal Agriculture Economic Analysis. A successful animal ag industry also benefits the soybean farmers who depend on animal ag as the biggest market for soybean meal. The report also outlines the economic benefits the poultry and livestock sectors provide at the state and national levels.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

At the recent USB annual meeting, farmer leaders elected the Strategic Management Committee (SMC) to track the progress of checkoff-funded activities to ensure they remain consistent with USB's long-range strategic plan. Farmer-leaders who will serve on the SMC include:

Bob Haselwood, Berryton, Kan.

Todd Gibson, Norborne, Mo.

Nancy Kavazanjian, Beaver Dam, Wis.

Ron Ohlde, Palmer, Kan.

Jim Stillman, Emmetsburg, Iowa

New USB directors who were sworn in include:

Wilfrid Bibus, Chesterfield, N.J.

James Domagalski, Columbus, Mich.

Daniel Farney, Morton, Ill.

Cameron Gibson, Orange, Va.

Gregory Greving, Chapman, Neb.

Derek Haigwood, Newport, Ark.

Ralph Lott II, Seneca, N.Y.

Douglas Simmons III, Leland, Miss.

David Wansley, Vicksburg, Miss.

Grant Watermann, Vona, Colo.

David Williams, Elsie, Mich.

Kevin Wilson, Walton, Ind.

Dallas Wright, Millsboro, Del.

Reappointed directors include:

Lewis Bainbridge, Ethan, S.D.

Bill Beam, Elverson, Pa.

Charles Cannatella, Melville, La.

Delbert Christensen, Audubon, Iowa

Bob Derr, Marshall, Wis.

John Dodson, Halls, Tenn.

Richard Fordyce, Bethany, Mo.

Gregg Fujan, Weston, Neb.

Paul Fruendt, Cuthrie, Okla.

Jared Hagert, Emerado, N.D.

Robb Hanks, LeRoy, Minn.

Bob Haselwood, Berryton, Kan.

Nancy Kavazanjian, Beaver Dam, Wis.

Keith Kemp, West Manchester, Ohio

Steve Moore, Sudlersville, Md.

Ron Ohlde, Palmer, Kan.

Jacob Parker, Columbia, N.C.

Dale Profit, Van Wert, Ohio

Jim Schriver, Bluffton, Ind.

Joel Thorsrud, Hillboro, N.D.

Jim Willers, Beaver Creek, Minn.

Doug Winter, Mill Shoals, Ill.

The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy's customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit the website.