Leadership Opportunities And Election Info

Indiana Soybean Alliance Election Information

Each year, the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) conducts an election to place farmer-leaders on its Board of Directors. The 24-member board is responsible for annually investing Indiana soybean checkoff funds in Market Development, Sustainability, Value Creation and Producer Engagement programs.

If you are a soybean producer and a resident of District 1, 2 or 4, a ballot will be mailed to your home the week of May 24, 2021. If you live in a county located in District 1, 2 or 4 and don’t receive a ballot, you may request one by calling 1.800.735.0195. Ballots must be postmarked by June 30, 2021.

Due to an unopposed race, there will be no election in District 3. Candidates identified below will begin their next terms in January 2022.

District 1 Candidates

Luke Mullet
Leesburg/Kosciusko County

Luke Mullet raises corn and soybeans with his brother, Mark, on Mullet Farms in Kosciusko County. Currently, Luke is an equipment operator for Quality Excavating off the farm. If elected, he hopes to grow as a farmer and be able to serve and advocate for farmers as a board director. He also hopes to work with the board on the soybean market through exports, biodiesel, and new soybean uses.

Shawn Ashby
Camden/Carroll County

Shawn Ashby grows soybeans, waxy corn, hay, and raises beef cattle in Carroll County. Shawn is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Ag Economics. Shawn is involved with Carroll County Farm Bureau, Carroll County Antique Tractor & Machinery Club, and is a Carroll County 4-H volunteer. If elected, he hopes to learn more about how the checkoff works and what it funds.

Allen Buchanan
Fowler/Benton County

Allen Buchanan raises soybeans and corn with his father, Bruce, his wife, Jayme, and children, Mitch, Blake, and Luke on Buchanan Farms Partnership in Benton County. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Ag Economics. He also serves on the FSA State Committee. Allen hopes to continue the work of previous board members by being an advocate for Indiana soybean farmers.

Dylan Christopher
Brookston/Carroll County 

Dylan Christopher raises soybeans, dent corn, popcorn, wheat, cattle, and swine on Christopher Farms, LLC in White, Carroll, Tippecanoe, and Cass counties. Dylan is involved with Farm Bureau, FFA, and 4-H. If elected, he hopes to learn new things with the board and diversify past experiences. Dylan is also looking forward to being involved with programs to help farmers. 

District 2 Candidates

Carey McKibben
LaGrange/LaGrange County

Carey McKibben raises soybeans and corn on McKibben Farms, Inc. in LaGrange County. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Carey has been an ISA director since 2018 and has also served on the Farm Credit Advocate Council and FSA County Committee. If re-elected, he hopes to continue to help administer soybean checkoff dollars and help advocate and lead to help advance soybean product use and demand.

Brian Warpup
Warren/Huntington County

Brian Warpup has raised soybeans and corn on Warpup Farms in Huntington County for 20 years. He is a graduate of Ball State University. Brian is involved with Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees, Economic Development Board, and the Markle & Warren Redevelopment Commissions. He is hoping to help promote and continue the development of soybeans within the current industries and to help find new avenues to keep soybeans a high priority for Indiana farmer’s growth.

Larry Wilkinson
Kimmell/Noble County

Larry Wilkinson raises soybeans and corn on Wilkinson Farms in Noble County in addition to working as an electrician and truck driver. Larry is a Purdue University alumnus and has been an ISA Director since 2018. He also serves on the Board of Child Evangelism and the Board of All Things New. He hopes to continue promoting soy exports, innovations, and educating public and fellow farmers about ISA.

District 3 Candidates

Kevin Cox
Brazil/Parke County

Kevin Cox raises soybeans and corn on TST Farms, Inc. in Parke, Putnam, Vigo, and Clay counties. Kevin also owns and operates TST Trucking LLC and TST LLC. He is active in Indiana Farm Bureau, the Jackson Township Advisory Board and Calvary Baptist Church where he is a deacon and adult Sunday school teacher. He also serves on the Parke County REMC Board of Directors. He believes agriculture needs individuals willing and ready to share their story with the media and those in positions of authority.

Gary McDaniel
Boonville/Spencer County

Gary McDaniel raises soybeans, corn and cattle on McDaniel Farms in Spencer and Warrick counties in addition to owning and operating Tanglewood Wedding and Events Barn with his family. Gary has served as an ISA Board member for four years and is also active in Farm Bureau, Southern Indiana Livestock and on the Grass Township Advisory Board. He hopes to continue to raise awareness on the importance of the checkoff and to promote the agricultural industry to the general public.

District 4 Candidates

Keevin Lemenager
Monrovia/Morgan County

Keevin Lemenager raises soybeans, corn, and cattle on Lemenager Farms in Hendricks, Putnam, and Morgan counties. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in animal production. Keevin has served as an ISA director since 2016 and is active with the Soy Aquaculture Alliance and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He hopes to continue directing checkoff dollars to projects that increase demand for soybeans and bring value back to Indiana farmers.

Roger Bommer
Brookville/Franklin County

Roger Bommer raises soybeans and corn on Bommer’s Springbrook Farm Inc. in Franklin County in partnership with his son, Darren. Roger earned a BS in agronomy from Purdue in 1971 and is active in Franklin Co. Farm Bureau where he was president for 14 years. He has been an ISA Director since 2016. As a director, Roger hopes to help direct soy checkoff dollars to be spent wisely to help move more soybeans and find new uses for soy products. 

Philip Ramsey
Shelbyville/Shelby County

Philip Ramsey raises soybeans, corn, and wheat on Ramsey Farms in partnership with his wife Cindy, and their sons, James and Joey in Shelby, Rush, and Hancock counties; in addition to running Ramsey Farms Ag Enterprises Farm Drainage. He currently serves on the American Soybean Association Board. serves on Shelby Co. Farm Bureau Board, Shelby County Ag Promotion Committee, and is a Shelbyville Church of Nazarene Board Member & Trustee. Philip hopes to continue promotion of biodiesel, encouraging other farms and businesses to use or increase usage of biodiesel, and help grow relationships with other countries.

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American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader Program

The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a leadership program designed for soybean growers and their spouses/significant others who are interested in developing their skills to represent the ideals of soybean growers domestically and internationally, and pursue leadership positions at the state and/or national level. The cost of airline flights, hotel rooms, ground transportation, meals, etc. for all participants and their spouses is included.

AG Leader Source Online Training Modules

AG Leader Source is an online portal of training modules that provides soybean farmers an opportunity to grow and develop their board leadership skills.  AG Leader Source is supported by the state soybean organizations and the United Soybean Board. It is funded solely with soybean checkoff dollars.  Any soybean farmer can participate in the training sessions.

AgriInstitute Scholarships

Indiana Soybean Alliance offers tuition scholarships to soybean farmers who are accepted into the Indiana’s Agriculture Leadership Program, AgriInstitute.

Contact us to learn more about the AgriInstitute program and the scholarship opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Share your story with Indiana consumers at the great Indiana State Fair! ISA is looking for farmers, like you, to volunteer at the Glass Barn during the fair for four-hour shifts.

T-shirt, ticket and meal voucher included!