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ISA Elects 2015-16 Executive Committee, Seats New Directors

July 31, 2015

ISA Elects 2015-16 Executive Committee, Seats New Directors


Champaign, Ill., July 31, 2015 - The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) today elected its 2015-16 leadership and seated new directors to its board.


Daryl Cates, soybean farmer from Columbia was elected to serve as new chairman. “I am thrilled to have been elected,” said Cates. “After serving one term on the board already, holding positions and attending as many leadership opportunities as possible, I feel confident in my ability to listen and engage with soybean growers.”


Other Executive Committee members elected include Lynn Rohrscheib, Fairmount, as vice chairman; Stan Born, Dunlap, as treasurer; Doug Schroeder, Mahomet, as secretary; Jered Hooker, Clinton, as assistant secretary-treasurer; John Longley, Aledo, as Production Committee chair; and John Hagenbuch, Utica, as Marketing Committee chair.


Two at-large directors were elected to the board – C.W. Gaffner, Greenville; and John Hagenbuch, Utica. Also seated to the board are new directors William Awe, St. Charles; and Sherri Kannmacher, Martinsville.


Daryl Cates previously served as district director and assistant treasurer-secretary. He farms near Columbia. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in agronomy, and currently raises corn, soybeans and wheat. Cates also is a DuPont Pioneer seed sales representative. He is a director on the American Soybean Association's World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) board. He previously was on the ISA board as a member of the executive committee, as well as the United Soybean Board and American Soybean Development Foundation. Cates is a Farm Bureau member and active in his church.


Lynn Rohrscheib previously served as secretary and at-large director. Rohrscheib farms near Fairmount as part of a family operation that also includes a custom application business. She has a degree in plant and soil sciences from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Rohrscheib was a 2013 member of the American Soybean Association DuPont Pioneer Young Leader class, and has held leadership positions with the Illinois FFA Alumni Council. She is active with the Vermilion County Farm Bureau and is a county election judge.


Stan Born previously served as a district director for ISA and was a member of the Production Committee. He raises corn and soybeans and was previously an ISA Soy Ambassador. He also is the finance team leader at his church.  Born and wife, Theresa, have two children.  He has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Illinois, and more than 30 years of industrial leadership experience with Caterpillar, Inc.


Doug Schroeder is an Illinois Soybean Association district director and member of the ISA Marketing Committee.  He raises seed corn and soybeans.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Illinois Ag Leadership program and was an American Soybean Association DuPont Pioneer Young Leader.  He has been active with the Cunningham Children's Home, Mahomet Area Youth Club and Lion's Club and McLean County Farm Bureau.  He and his wife, Stacy, have three children.  


Jered Hooker previously served as vice chair for the ISA Production Committee and chair of the Political Action Committee Trustees. His farm has been owned by the family since 1875.  Hooker was an ISA Soy Ambassador, and is secretary-treasurer of the Weldon Cooperative Grain Company.  Other activities include Illinois Corn Growers, DeWitt County Farm Bureau and Chicago Farmers.  He earned a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Illinois.


John Longley has been elected to the Production Committee chair.  He farms near Aledo where he raises corn and soybeans and farms with his daughter, Kate Danner.  He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in farm management and a master's degree from the University of Illinois in agronomy.  Longley has served the Mercer County Farm Bureau as president and in other leadership roles and been active in the Illinois Farm Bureau.  He is a previous Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation participant.  Longley and wife, Carol, have two children.


John Hagenbuch has been elected to lead the Marketing Committee. He is from Utica, where he raises soybeans and hogs with his wife, Kate, and is also a precision farming specialist. He previously was an at-large director and vice chair of the ISA Marketing Committee. He has an associate’s degree in swine management. Hagenbuch is a member of the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and is on the executive committee for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). He also is a past DuPont Young Leader and ISA Soy Ambassador.



The Illinois Soybean Association represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state 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. 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




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The Illinois Soybean Association recently elected its 2015-16 officers. They include (left to right)- Front: Doug Schroeder, secretary from Mahomet; Lynn Rohrscheib, vice chair from Fairmount; Daryl Cates. Chairman from Columbia Back: Jered Hooker, assistant secretary-treasurer from Clinton; John  Hagenbuch, Marketing Committee chair from Utica; Stan Born, treasurer from Dunlap; and John Longley, Production Committee chair from Aledo.