Secretary Vilsack Announces United Soybean Board Appointments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of 35 members and three alternate members to the United Soybean Board.
The 35 appointed board members are soybean farmers from across the United States. These volunteer farmers invest soy checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers in projects to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil; ensure U.S. farmers and their customers maintain the freedom and infrastructure to operate; and meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers.
Appointed USB directors representing Nebraska are soybean farmers Gregg Fujan, of Weston, NE and Greg Greving, of Chapman, NE. Both directors have shown strong leadership through their dedication to service on the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) Fujan has served as the District 3 NSB director four terms and Greving has just completed his 4th term as the District 4 NSB director. While on the board Fujan and Greving both served as Chairman of the Board.
Victor Bohuslavsky, executive director for the Nebraska Soybean Board, commend Fujan and Greving for their dedication to the soybean industry. “They had always done a good job of representing the interests of Nebraska soybean farmers. And both brought a wealth of knowledge and business sense to our meetings, and I am confident that they will continue to be a valuable part of USB.”
The 70-member board is authorized by the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act. The Secretary selected the appointees from soybean producers nominated by Qualified State Soybean Boards. All appointees will serve 3-year terms beginning December 2013.
Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress, and date back to 1966, when Congress passed the Cotton Research and Promotion Act. Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 21 research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.