Press Release

Illinois Soybean Farmer Elected to U.S. Meat Export Federation Executive Board

December 18, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, ILL -- November 18, 2013 – Illinois soybean and hog farmer John Hagenbuch, Utica, Ill., was elected to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Executive Board during their annual meeting earlier this month.  As an Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) director, Hagenbuch represents Illinois interests to USMEF, an organization dedicated to putting U.S. pork, beef and lamb on the world's table by enhancing export demand.

"The global demand for meat is growing, especially in developing countries, and U.S. exports are satisfying that appetite," Hagenbuch says.  "Illinois soybean meal feeds our livestock, and Illinois is uniquely positioned within the U.S. to efficiently raise, pack and ship meat around the world."

As an executive board member, Hagenbuch will have a stronger voice as USMEF works to increase the value and profitability of U.S. meat globally.  ISA specifically supports USMEF projects in Mexico, Central and South America, where pork demand is on the rise.  Hogs consume more than 82 percent of the soybean meal used in Illinois.

"Promoting U.S. pork and other meat exports ensures a local market for our soybean meal and increases incomes, jobs and taxes in Illinois from raising livestock and processing meat," he says.  "Because of our infrastructure, Illinois can cost-effectively ship meat down the Mississippi River to our neighbors in Mexico, as well as to Panama, Chile, Peru and other countries."

University of Illinois economic research finds raising livestock and processing meat and dairy products in Illinois accounts for $27 billion in economic impact and more than 99,000 jobs.  Many of those dollars stay in local economies.

"I look forward to helping Illinois industry grow along with U.S. exports through USMEF," Hagenbuch adds.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 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 www.ilsoy.org.

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For more information, contact:
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