BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – March 16, 2022 – Two Illinois soybean farmer leaders were elected to executive leadership positions with the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) during Commodity Classic in New Orleans. Doug Winter of Mill Shoals, Ill. was elected Chairman of the USSEC Executive committee, and Stan Born of Mahomet, Ill. was elected Vice Chairman of the USSEC Executive committee.
USSEC’s board is comprised of 15 members representing various stakeholders from the U.S. Soy industry. Four members are appointed from the American Soybean Association (ASA), four members are appointed from the United Soybean Board (USB), and seven sub-class seats are elected representing industry, state, and trade organizations.
A fifth-generation farmer, Winter grows soybeans, corn, and wheat on 3200 acres. “I am very proud to continue representing Illinois and U.S. soybean farmers as we work to increase U.S. Soy’s reach and market share worldwide,” says Winter. “We look forward, with high energy and a passion, to creating and maintaining relationships with our global customers who rely on U.S. soy products.”
The momentum we are developing as a Council is second to none,” said newly elected Born. “USSEC works hard to create preference for U.S. Soy in markets all around the world. Our members benefit from the capability of the best team in the industry. USSEC represents our products and enables customers to see for themselves how U.S. Soy is their best value option. I’m honored to serve with this team.”
USSEC members represent the soy supply chain including U.S. Soy farmers, processors, commodity shippers, merchandisers, allied agribusinesses, and agricultural organizations. USSEC is funded by the U.S. soybean checkoff, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) matching funds, and industry. The appointments will run through the 2022/2023 year.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org and www.ilsoygrowers.com.
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