INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 6, 2017) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently appointed Indiana farmer Tom Griffiths of Kendallville, Ind. to the United Soybean Board. Griffiths will be sworn in with 18 other directors at USB’s annual meeting in St. Louis on December 6.
"I'm excited to be part of the United Soybean Board and to have the ability to influence how our national checkoff dollars are spent,” says Griffiths. “Through my role as a board member, I’ll offer input on how to allocate funds into new programs that will build value for soybeans in the future while also protecting programs that have gotten us to where we are and have been successful for soybean farmers.”
Griffiths is replacing Mike Beard of Frankfort, Ind. who is rotating off the board after serving three terms on USB. Griffiths is an Indiana Soybean Alliance farmer-director where he currently serves as the board chairman. Griffiths joins three other soybean farmers representing Indiana on the board, including Mark Seib of Poseyville, Ind., David Lowe from Dunkirk, Ind. and Kevin Wilson of Walton, Ind.
“The largest customers of U.S. soy are demanding more value within the bean itself,” said John Motter, USB chair and soybean farmer from Jenera, Ohio. “The expertise and vision of these farmer-leaders will challenge us to look at innovations beyond just growing more bushels to meet the needs of our customers around the world and boost the profit potential of U.S. soybean farmers.”
The 73 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.
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 biodiesel, livestock, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses, and research. 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. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.
This communication was funded with soybean checkoff dollars.