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United Soybean Board Appoints Two New Directors from Michigan
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Michigan soybean farmers are represented by three farmer-leaders on the United Soybean Board (USB) as directors appointed by the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack. Recently, two new directors were notified of their appointments to fulfill the positions that have been held for the past nine years by Mary Lou Smith of Petersburg and Jim Wilson of Yale for the past three years.

Source: Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

Contact: Gail Frahm, gfrahm@michigansoybean.org

United Soybean Board Appoints Two New Directors from Michigan

“Mary Lou and Jim have been exemplary leaders on USB,” said Gail Frahm, executive director of the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC). Both also served on several state boards prior to their appointments to USB, specifically the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and Michigan Soybean Association (MSA). Frahm continued, “On behalf of all Michigan soybean farmers, we thank them for their years of service and dedication to our industry.”

New directors from Michigan are David Williams of Elsie and James Domagalski of Columbus. Neither Dave nor Jim are new to the soybean industry, as both served previous terms on state soybean boards; Jim on the MSPC and Dave on the MSA.

Dave has been engaged in the production of soybeans for 23 years on their farm which has been in the family since 1864. He’s currently farming 3,000 acres, growing soybeans, corn and soft red wheat. He was a railroad train dispatcher for ten years and general manager of an offset printing company for ten years prior to returning to the family farm which he manages with his nephew. A graduate from Ovid-Elsie High School and Michigan State University alum, he’s also participated in many agricultural related seminars, workshops and training sessions.

Jim was born and raised on a dairy/crop farm. Since 1970, he established his own 700 acre farm raising corn, soybeans and wheat. He also raised Michigan Certified Seed (soybean, oats and wheat) in cooperation with his local dealer/elevator. Jim was employed for almost 40 years with Consumers Energy in gas production and transmission and sold soybeans and corn for ten years. Jim attended St. Augustine Catholic High School and one year of college. Jim also served previously on USB for one term, and was MSPC’s liaison on both the National Biodiesel Board for three years and the U.S. Soybean Export Council, a position he currently holds. Jim, like Dave, has been involved in various leadership development programs through the soybean industry.

Jim and Dave join Alan Moore of Bannister on the USB who will be completing his third three-year term on USB in December 2014.

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 the MSPC. All appointees will serve three-year terms beginning December 2013.

Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress, and date back to 1966. 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.

This information is provided by the MSPC which provides state-level research and market development activities in state and nominated both Jim and Dave for the USB. For more information about the MSPC, contact us at 989.652.3294 or visit us on the web at www.michigansoybean.org.