USDA Seeks Nominees for the United Soybean Board by May 19th

united soybean boardThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for positions on the United Soybean Board.

Vacancies for producer member positions will occur in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.  There are alternate vacancies in Alabama, South Carolina, and Texas.

Any soybean producer within the United States that owns or shares the ownership and risk of loss of soybeans can be considered for nomination.  All eligible producers are invited to seek nomination by May 19, 2017.  A soybean producer must be nominated by a Qualified State Soybean Board and submit a completed application.  USDA encourages board membership that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by its industry.

For a copy of the nomination form and the contact information of the Qualified State Soybean Board in your State or region, visit www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/research-promotion/soybean.

Composed of 73 members representing 29 states and 2 regions, the Board administers a research and promotion program authorized by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. The USDA selects appointees from producers nominated by Qualified State Soybean Boards.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 research and promotion boards that are industry-funded and empower agricultural industries with a framework to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. The AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.

For more information, contact James Brow, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Research and Promotion Division, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2610-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, D.C. 20250; tel. (202) 720-0633, email James.Brow@ams.usda.gov; or fax (202) 720-1125.

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