BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois soybean farmers and farm operators with an interest in advocacy and leadership are encouraged to run this month for one of two potential open director positions representing Illinois on the American Soybean Association (ASA) board.
“Producers need a strong voice in Washington, D.C. We are experiencing uncertain times in our industry, and the farmer perspective in agricultural policy has become even more important,” says Stan Born, ASA director from Lovington, Ill. “From Hill visits with legislators, to outreach and engagement with producers, buyers and customers, my ASA experience has given me the opportunity to engage with others in the soybean industry in a multi-dimensional way.”
Currently Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) has six representatives on the ASA board – Stan Born, Lovington; Jered Hooker, Clinton; Ron Moore, Roseville; Bill Raben, Ridgway; Rob Shaffer, El Paso; and Bill Wykes, Yorkville.
To be eligible to serve as an ASA director, candidates:
- Must be a member of ASA.
- Must be a producer of soybeans as a farm owner, farm manager or farm operator.
- May not be an officer or director of any other national soybean policy organization.
- Must be elected by the ISG board.
Applications can be obtained from Angel Terrell at firstname.lastname@example.org and are due July 20. All eligible candidates will be invited to the ISG board meeting next month to address the board prior to elections. Election for the ASA director position will take place at the Aug. 1, 2018, ISG board meeting. No write-in provision exists for ASA director elections.
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of soybean farmers, and research, promotion and education programs that enhance soybean production and use. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.org.
— Illinois Soybean Growers
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