TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Soybean Commissioners are gearing up to make important decisions at their Dec. 15-17 meeting. The board convenes at the Kansas Soybean Office in Topeka to analyze funding proposals for fiscal year 2024 and conduct additional business.
A total of 51 funding requests were submitted for consideration. Ed Anderson, who joined the Kansas Soybean staff in October as the Commission’s Research Assistant, provided a preliminary review of the proposals to more efficiently select those to be heard in December.
Project leads who received approval make formal presentations at the December meeting before final funding decisions are made. Each day’s meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Project proposal presentations are slated for the first two days of the meeting. The third day is reserved for discussion and final decisions.
Commissioners will also discuss current projects, market-development activities, educational programs and administrative items. To suggest additional topics for deliberation or to obtain a complete agenda or instructions for calling into the meeting, contact KSC Administrator Kaleb Little at email@example.com or call the office at 877-KS-SOYBEAN (877-577-6923).
As the Research Assistant, Iowa native Anderson will serve in a contractual capacity to oversee KSC’s investment process and manage research projects funded by the Commission.
Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Biochemistry from Iowa State University and his doctorate in Molecular Plant Virology and Plant Pathology from the University of Missouri. Following other position in the industry, he joined the Iowa Soybean Association in February 2013 as Senior Director of Research. Anderson also serves as Executive Director of the North Central Soybean Research Program, a 13-state collaboration for checkoff funded regional research and outreach programs aimed at improving soybean farmer productivity, profitability and sustainability.
Research is integral to Kansas Soybean’s mission of improving farmer profitability. On-farm and industrial research projects funded through the checkoff add value by improving growing conditions and building demand for soybeans. Anderson’s expertise will be useful in his work as a contractor to more efficiently evaluate and manage the projects funded by the Kansas Soybean Commission.
–Kansas Soybean Commission