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|Roseville Farmer Takes Top Soybean Group Post
|Ron Moore was elected as the Illinois Soybean Association's new chairperson during the Association's board meeting on Saturday, August 1 in Utica.
The Roseville soybean farmer takes over for David Hartke, Teutopolis, who served as chairperson for the last two years. Moore previously served as ISA's vice chairperson, treasurer and American Soybean Association (ASA) director.
"We have a large investment from our farm in checkoff dollars and I want to make sure those and others are spent wisely," said Moore, who farms 1,300 acres and raises 240 head of cattle on his family's farm. "I want to give back to the great soybean industry and community we are part of."
Mike Cunningham of Bismarck was elected as vice chairperson and previously served on the board as treasurer. Doug Winter of Mill Shoals was re-elected as secretary and Bill Wykes of Yorkville takes over as treasurer. Matt Hughes of Shirley was re-elected as assistant secretary-treasurer.
Also joining the Illinois Soybean Association Board of Directors are Donald Guinnip from Marshall in District 14, Wendell Lutz from Dewey in District 11, and Duane Dahlman, an at-large director from Marengo. They replace Pete Pistorius, Ken Dalenberg and Hartke.
"One of the challenges we have is to make sure the money we collect is spent wisely and invested to give us the biggest return to Illinois farmers," Moore said. "Sometimes the dividends may not be immediate but will take 5 to 10 years to develop. One example is aquaculture because it has the potential to use a lot of soybeans in the future. We have to improve markets, soybean traits and provide producers with information about what we're doing on their behalf."
During the board meeting, the directors also approved next year's budget and projects. One new project is the 2010 Yield Challenge. This program will pull together public research, and private company participation, as well as farmer teams in nine districts across Illinois to discover best practices for increasing yield. A farmer friendly database will be developed to link with the Varietal Information Program for Soybeans (VIPS) yield database to track best yield practices.
The association also plans to start developing a new, mobile display that will highlight and promote all new uses for soybeans. The idea is to have a trailer that looks like a house cross section that is full of soybean bio products.
ISA is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers. The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. Contact ISA at 309-663-7692, or visit www.ilsoy.org.
(David Hartke, left, outgoing Illinois Soybean Association chairperson, accepts a plaque from Ron Moore, ISA's new chairperson, during the Association's board meeting on Saturday, August 1 in Utica. Story and Photo submitted by Illinois Soybean Association.)
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