Soybean Farmers Appointed To Michigan Soybean Checkoff Board

One reappointed to serve while two new comers join the board.

Published on: Jan 1, 2013

Richard (Andy) Welden of Jonesville was reappointed by Governor Rick Snyder to his last three-year term on the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, while Dennis Gardner of Croswell along with Mark Seamon of Saginaw were appointed to their first term on the board.

Andy Welden, farmer and owner of Welden Farm, has been an active participant on the MSPC board since 2003. Welden produces commercial and food grade soybeans in rotation with corn and wheat. Welden has been a leader in the ag industry by serving as a field reporter for USDA, a past township supervisor, and currently serves as county commissioner. Welden also serves on the Farm Service Agency County Committee, Michigan Soybean Association, American Soybean Association, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) board, and the Soy Aquaculture Alliance. For MSPC, Andy represents soybean farmers in District 2 which covers Eaton, Ingham, Calhoun, Jackson, and Hillsdale counties.

Soybean Farmers Appointed To Michigan Soybean Checkoff Board
Soybean Farmers Appointed To Michigan Soybean Checkoff Board

Dennis Gardner, co-owner of Gardner Farms, has been farming for 25 years and raises soybeans, corn, sugar beets, and wheat on 1600 acres. He received his Ag Tech degree from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1991. He was selected to represent Michigan in the 2009 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program and also served as a young leader delegate to Washington, D.C. the same year on behalf of Michigan's soybean farmers. Gardner recently began his first full three-year term on the MSPC board and represents soybean farmers in District 4 which covers Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Additionally, Gardner was elected secretary of the board.

Mark Seamon has farmed for 14 years with his father on their family farm and raise sugar beets, corn, wheat, and soybeans. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from MSU in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in 1991. Seamon has six years of experience working for agronomy input supply businesses and for the past 14 years has been the MSU Extension educator in Saginaw County. He is starting his first full three-year term representing soybean farmers in District 5 which covers Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, and Tuscola counties.

Michigan soybean farmers are represented by seven governor-appointed farmer directors which make up the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. MSPC's mission is to, "Manage checkoff resources to increase return on investment for Michigan soybean farmers while enhancing sustainable soybean production." The other four MSPC directors are: Herb Miller, Niles; Richard Janssens, Monroe; George Zmitko, Owosso; and Benjamin Chaffin, Ithaca.

The board's remaining regular meeting dates in 2013 are: March 27, June 12, August 21, and September 11. Most board meetings are held at the Crops and Soils Teaching and Research Farm at MSU in East Lansing.

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