INDIANAPOLIS (March 28, 2017) — Tom Griffiths of Kendallville, Ind. has spent quite a bit of time on the road since the beginning of the year representing Indiana Soybean Alliance at events across the state and beyond. Griffiths was elected as chairman of ISA in December 2016.
“From the changes in Washington, D.C. to the challenges we are facing in the farm economy, this is an exciting time to be leading the Indiana Soybean Alliance,” said Griffiths, who is currently serving in his third team representing soybean farmers from northwest Indiana on the ISA board of directors, which manages the soybean checkoff and the soybean membership and policy organization in the state. “It is more important than ever to ensure our soybean checkoff dollars are being invested in projects to bring real value back to our farms.”
Other members elected to the ISA executive committee include: Joe Tuholski of LaPorte as vice chair; Elaine Gillis of Dunkirk as secretary; David Rodibaugh of Rensselaer as treasurer; Jim Douglas of Flat Rock as grain production and utilization committee chair; Craig Williams of Oaktown as marketing and communications committee chair; and Anngie Steinberger of Edinburgh as membership and policy committee chair.
“I believe building demand for our soybeans and their value-added products – like meat, dairy and eggs – is a critical function of the soybean checkoff and I have seen firsthand the benefits these investments have had both domestically and internationally,” said Griffiths.
The ISA Board of Directors also welcomed three new farmer-directors to the board during its December meeting, including: Nancy Cline of Kirklin representing District 1; Mike Koehne of Greensburg representing District 4; and, Phil Ramsey of Shelbyville representing District 4.
ISA works on behalf of nearly 28,000 soybean farmers in Indiana who contribute to the soybean checkoff. The ISA Board of Directors is responsible for the investment of those checkoff funds. Under its three-year strategic plan, the ISA identified six major areas, including grain marketing, livestock, new uses, production and environmental research, aquaculture, and biofuels.
For more information about becoming involved with ISA, visit www.indianasoybean.com.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biofuels, livestock, production and research, grain marketing, new uses, environmental programs, and aquaculture. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 800 dues-paying members. Visitwww.indianasoybean.com for more information.
This communication was funded with soybean checkoff dollars.