PRINCETON, Ky. — Farmer-leaders of the American Soybean Association Board elected Caleb Ragland of Magnolia, Ky., to a second term as secretary during the ASA December Meeting in St. Charles, Mo.
Ragland, who joined the Kentucky Soybean Association in 2010, was chosen as Kentucky’s Young Leader in 2012 and elected by farmers in his area to represent them on the KSA board in 2014. He was elected to the American Soybean Association board of Directors in 2017, where he was elected to the Executive Committee in 2020 and served as Secretary in 2022.
In addition to his service in KSA and ASA – both policy-driven organizations – Ragland is a member of the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board, where he serves as one of 13 farmer-leaders tasked with investing Kentucky’s checkoff dollars into research, education, and promotion. He also serves as president of the Kentucky Livestock Coalition.
Caleb Ragland is well-known in both Frankfort and in Washington, D.C. and is a vocal advocate for soybean farmers on matters of policy that can impact their operations. He is outspoken on a number of subjects, including freedom to operate in both row-crop livestock production systems.
Ragland is joined on the Executive Committee by Daryl Cates of Illinois as President, Josh Gackle of North Dakota as Vice-President, and Scott Metzger of Ohio as Treasurer. Brad Doyle of Arkansas will serve as Chairman. At-large members of the 2023 ASA Executive Committee include Dave Walton of Iowa, Alan Meadows of Tennessee, Ronnie Russell of Missouri, and Jered Hooker of Illinois.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean-producing states and more than 500,000 soybean farmers.
— Kentucky Soybean Association