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Soybean checkoff leaders in Md. soon

July 04, 2006

The 64 farmer-leaders of the soybean checkoff will be gathering July 8-9 in Baltimore to discuss soybean issues.

This year's meeting will focus on meeting customer demands, the board said in a press release.

Topics include soy biodiesel, animal agriculture, international and domestic relations, soybean quality and new soy-based products.

The United Soybean Board farmer-leaders are expected to set budget priorities, meet with commissioners and directors of agriculture from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania; and hear updates on a new industry coalition organized to drive the future of the soy industry, the board said in a press release.

Three of the board members are new.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns appointed USB directors in Maryland, Minnesota and Missouri.

Steve Moore, a soybean farmer from Sudlerville, Md., in Queen Anne's County, will represent soybean farmers in Maryland on the board through 2007.

In Minnesota, soybean farmer Jim Call of Madison will serve through 2006. In Missouri, soybean farmer Richard Fordyce of Bethany will serve through 2007.

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