ASA board names two Mid-Southerners

The American Soybean Association board of directors has elected two Mid-Southerners to serve as vice presidents for 2006-07. The board also confirmed Richard Ostlie from Northwood, N.D., as president, and Bob Metz from West Browns Valley, S.D., as chairman.

Johnny Dodson, a soybean farmer from Ripley, Tenn., who is currently serving a term as vice president, and Ted Glaub, a farmer and farm management specialist from Jonesboro, Ark., were named vice presidents along with Alan Kemper, Lafayette, Ind., and Rob Joslin from Sidney, Ohio.

Board members also elected John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa, to serve as first vice president, a position that places Hoffman in line to be ASA president for 2007-08. The elections took place during the ASA’s summer board of directors’ meeting in Washington.

“I will make sure ASA is prepared and strongly represented at the negotiating table to protect the future of our soybean producers,” said Ostlie. “ASA has a long and proud history of strong leadership that has brought us to where we are today. My goal is to follow that tradition by listening to the needs of all soybean producers and to use that guidance to focus my leadership.”

“As chairman of ASA’s Public Affairs Committee, I am looking ahead to extending the biodiesel tax incentive and development of farm bill proposals that enhance U.S. soybean farmer profitability and are compliant with WTO requirements for global trade,” said Hoffman.

“As we prepare for this work, I intend to work closely with state associations and the voting delegates at Commodity Classic to ensure that ASA’s policies are guided and supported by our grassroots membership.”

Also elected to new positions were Bob Rikli from Murdock, Neb., as secretary, and Gary Joachim from Claremont, Minn., as treasurer. All of these soybean producer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee.

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