This summer, Wisconsin soybean grower Jonathan Gibbs of Fox Lake will be among 10 U.S. farmers seeing firsthand how the United Soybean Board puts their soy checkoff to work. Gibbs, who operates a diversified crop farm in Dodge County, was recently selected for the "2013 See for Yourself" program that will take place July 18–26. He, along with other selected farmer-participants, will visit several sites that demonstrate the soy checkoff's efforts to improve the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, ensure soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and meet the needs of U.S. soy customers.
"I look forward to meeting fellow U.S. soybean farmers to talk about industry challenges, ideas and learn what makes each successful," says Gibbs, who is the fourth generation to operate his family's farm in south central Wisconsin. "I am eager to learn directly what U.S. soybean farmers need to do to be the first choice supplier to fill global soybean demands."
Gibbs grows a variety of crops including seed soybeans, food-grade soybeans, corn, seed wheat, canning peas, alfalfa and forage along with raising cattle. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Participants will first meet in St. Louis, headquarters of USB, to receive an overview of the organization and see how the checkoff works on behalf of soybean farmers domestically. The group will then travel abroad to the countries of Panama and Columbia to learn about the demand for U.S. soy internationally and to see the many uses for soy.
To learn more about the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and its work, visit the website at www.wisoybean.org or for more information.