The United Soybean Board prepares to head into the new year with a new executive committee, led by newly elected USB Chairman Marc Curtis, Leland, Miss. Curtis, along with the other 68 volunteer farmer-directors, will begin reviewing priority issues established by representatives of the entire U.S. soybean industry at the recent CONNECTIONS meeting. These issues will be considered in the long-range planning process of the board.

Curtis has been a farmer-leader since 2005, serving as USB vice chairman, treasurer, chair of the USB Global Opportunities Program and member of the Production Research program, among other positions.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my fellow soybean farmers to serve as USB chairman,” says Curtis. “And I look forward to cooperating with the rest of the industry to continue the work of the checkoff especially to increase U.S. soy exports.”

Other members of the executive committee include:
•    Vanessa Kummer, Colfax, N.D., Vice Chairperson
•    Sharon Covert, Tiskilwa, Ill., Secretary
•    Jim Stillman, Emmetsburg, Iowa, Treasurer
•    Jason Bean, Holcomb, Mo., Production Research Chair
•    Jim Call, Madison, Minn., International Marketing Chair
•    Russ Carpenter, Trumansburg, N.Y., Communications Chair
•    Bob Haselwood, Berryton, Kan., New Uses Chair
•    Jim Schriver, Montpelier, Ind., Domestic Marketing Chair
•    Rick Stern, Cream Ridge, N.J, Audit & Evaluation Chair

This group’s extensive experience will guide USB toward working on a plan that will be shared with the industry to further cooperation amongst the full value chain. During the meeting the board approved the creation of a special initiative to help develop aquaculture. This growing industry has the potential to use millions of bushels of U.S. soy in the future.