The United Soybean Board and soybean checkoff swore in Keith Kemp, a soybean farmer from West Manchester, among 15 new checkoff farmer-leaders at its recent annual meeting. Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Kemp now begins working to improve on-farm profit potential for not only soybean farmers in Ohio, but also for all U.S. soybean farmers.
"I want to represent U.S. soybean farmers to the best of my ability to get them the best return possible on their investment," says Kemp, who, in addition to soybeans, grows corn and wheat.
The 15 new appointees join 54 existing or returning farmer-leaders in volunteering their time to administer all U.S. soybean farmers' checkoff investments. USB invests checkoff funds in research and promotion programs aimed at helping increase profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers.
"The board should also focus on growing new industrial uses for U.S. soy, especially with the increased interest in bioproducts," says Kemp.
Kemp, nominated by the Ohio Soybean Council, joins Daniel Corcoran, of Waverly; John Motter, of Jenera; and Dale Profit, of Van Wert, in representing Ohio on the board. Ohio's representation on the board increased this year to four farmer-directors as a result of increased soybean acreage in the state.
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.