Justin Thomas of the Charleston FFA Chapter in Illinois is the Chapter’s first National Proficiency Finalist and first National Proficiency Winner. Justin credits his FFA Advisor, for “hounding,” him to do the work necessary to become a National Proficiency Winner. After doing some talking of his own, Justin convinced his advisor to take his SAE of restoring tractors and turn it into a fundraiser for the Charleston FFA to raise money, which they have done quite successfully. Justin’s future plans include returning to the home farm and continuing to restore tractors.
With the selection of the primary contractor for USB International Marketing programs completed, IM committee chairman, Jim Call of Minnesota says work will begin on making sure soybean checkoff dollars are being invested in the areas where farmers are getting the most bang for the buck.
The United Soybean Board’s Domestic Marketing committee recognizes the importance of animal agriculture by making it one of their top priorities when it comes to support from the soybean checkoff. USB farmer leader Lewis Bainbridge of South Dakota serves as chairman of the Domestic Marketing committee.
To better understand biotechnology issues both here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world, the United Soybean Board began funding a Biotechnology Initiative about 2 years ago, Missouri soybean farmer and USB director Richard Fordyce serves as the chairman.
Selecting the primary contractor for International Marketing programs was one of the most contentious issues facing directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) here in Birmingham and when the votes were counted, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, USSEC received 55 percent of the vote.
“USSEC came back with a new structure, a new program, new activities, a new accounting system,” said USB Chairman Phil Bradshaw of Illinois. “Our directors agreed they had made changes, now it’s the job to move forward.”
Scott Fritz of Indiana, the immediate past chair of the USSEC board told Brownfield as a member of ASA he’s pleased with the USSEC selection.
“As a member of the American Soybean Association I look forward to representing ASA on the USSEC board and working with my fellow farmers from the United Soybean Board, putting this new USSEC structure together and moving these two organizations and the industry of promoting U.S. soybeans forward,” Fritz said.
The USB meeting wraps up on Thursday, February 18 in Birmingham, Alabama.
While the emphasis of the United Soybean Board’s Production Committee remains soybean yields, there are a number of other areas where the committee invests soybean checkoff dollars, Rick Stern a soybean farmer from New Jersey and Chairman of the Production Committee tells Brownfield one of those is funding a Research Fellow.
At the United Soybean Board (USB) meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with USB CEO John Becherer, they talked about a study looking at the impact on farm gate prices the lack of the biodiesel blenders credit is having, the importance of being involved in consumer awareness campaigns and getting the 10 new board members announced on Friday to the meeting in Birmingham.