Illinois Soybean Farmer Elected ASA Vice President


Bloomington, ILL – December 10, 2015 – Ron Moore, soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill., and past Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) chairman was elected today to serve on the American Soybean Association (ASA) Executive Committee as vice president.  Moore is now in line to be ASA president next year.  He, Mike Cunningham, Bismarck, Ill., and Bill Wykes, Yorkville, Ill., represent Illinois on the ASA board of directors.


"We are excited to have Ron on the ASA Executive Committee again this year in a new and well-deserved role," says Daryl Cates, soybean farmer from Columbia, Ill., and ISA chairman. "He will continue to represent Illinois soybean farmers and work with all other farmer-leaders to advocate in Washington, D.C. on key issues that affect our operations."


Moore is a corn, soybean, alfalfa and feeder cattle farmer.  He previously served as ASA secretary and was on the ASA Finance and Administrative Services Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.  He was ISA chairman from 2009-2011, where he was involved with the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research, Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG), Soybean Research and Development Council, Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable and numerous other related groups and committees.


Richard Wilkins from Greenwood, Del., will serve as ASA president.  Wade Cowan, former president from Brownfield, Texas, was elected to serve as board chairman.  Other members of the executive committee include Secretary John Heisdorffer from Keota, Iowa, and second-term Treasurer Davie Stephens from Wingo, Ky.


ASA's at-large governing board includes: Bret Davis of Delaware, Ohio; Kevin Hoyer, West Salem, Wis.; Kevin Scott, Valley Springs, S.D.; and Sam Butler, New Hope, Ala.


Elections were held in St. Louis during ASA's annual winter board meeting.


The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts.  The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education.  Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C.  ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.  For more information, visit the website


ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown. For more information on ASA, visit




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