November 20, 2017

North Dakota Soybean Council Bids Farewell to CEO

After seven years of service as Chief Executive Officer of the North Dakota Soybean Council, Diana Beitelspacher announced that she will be leaving her position on December 15, 2017.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the soybean farmers in North Dakota and to have been a part of the significant growth of our industry these last seven years,” says Beitelspacher. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to develop relationships with farmers, international customers, media and industry leaders on a state and national level and appreciate all the opportunities afforded to me during my tenure,” she adds. “I leave the Soybean Council with a sense of accomplishment and with the confidence that our industry will continue to grow and thrive.”

“We appreciate all of Diana’s valuable contributions to the Council and to our industry,” says Joe Morken, Chairman of the Board. “We thank her for her leadership and service and wish her the very best in the future.”

Detection in 2017 – Protection in 2018 Against SCN and SDS in Soybeans with Bayer

Nematodes cause significant yield loss every year across all soybean-producing geographies.  Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) causes more yield loss in soybeans than any other pest.

University researchers are leading a national effort to combat SCN called the “SCN Coalition,” which is a collaboration of public and private partners whose mission is to more effectively manage SCN nationally.


I visited about the topic with Mike McCarville — a SeedGrowth Tech Service Rep for Bayer, based in Nebraska.

Nematode damage increases in hot, dry conditions – exactly what many counties in the eastern Dakotas experienced this past growing season.

ILeVO seed treatment is the only product that offers effective protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes in the seed zone, resulting in healthier plants and higher yield potential.

  • In 6 years of testing with 337 comparisons, ILeVO provides an average yield increase of 4.7 bu./A vs fungicide/insecticide base with a positive yield response 84% of the time. The yield advantage from ILeVO increases with higher levels of foliar SDS symptoms.

Learn more at Bayer’s Website.

USFRA Announces Four New Board Members

Representing the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, John Deere, DuPont Pioneer and American Egg Board, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s® (USFRA®) newest board members are critical to ensure farmers and ranchers are present in influential conversations about food and agriculture. James Adams, Steve Geick, Amanda Rinehart and Blair Van Zetten join the 18-member Board of Directors. USFRA welcomes these new board members, and the American Egg Board, to our organization which is comprised of more than 100 affiliates and industry partners.

“We’re pleased to have such talented individuals join as Directors and help our organization engage with consumers and food influencers about how their food is grown and raised,” said Brad Greenway, USFRA Chairman and South Dakota crop and livestock farmer. “In my second year as chairman, I am proud to lead this group that is so passionate in answering consumers’ questions about the use of GMOs, animal care and health, as well as other sustainable agricultural practices.”

USFRA elected these four board members at its Fall board meeting on November 7 in Kansas City, Mo:

  • James Adams, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association – Jim is a former chairman of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Wenger Group and Acting Chief Operating Officer of Wenger Feeds, LLC in Rheems, Pa. He resides in Mount Joy, Pa., with his wife, Karen.
  • Steve Geick, John Deere – Steve is the Director of Industry Relations for John Deere’s Agricultural and Turf Division. He works with stakeholders across North America who share an interest in the future of agriculture, and he proactively builds and promotes influential relationships, programs and policies in his role.
  • Amanda Rinehart, DuPont Pioneer – Amanda is the U.S. Marketing Leader for DuPont Pioneer, where she manages a team focused on seed product strategy and promotion as well as strategic account sales management. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Amanda resides in Johnston, Iowa, with her husband Jeremy and their two children.
  • Blair Van Zetten, American Egg Board – Blair is the President of Oskaloosa Food Products, a processor of liquid, frozen and dried eggs. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the American Egg Board and works with his son on their third-generation family farm in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

During the board meeting, USFRA showcased its consumer-facing activities in 2017, including SMART Farm, Straight Talk on Sustainability, Discovering Farmland and Faces of Farming & Ranching. Additionally, USFRA unveiled its upcoming programs and major initiatives for 2018, including the Food Evolution film promotion and enhanced distribution and its new app, engAGe, which aims to activate farmer and rancher voices on digital and social media platforms.

About U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®)
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of more than 100 farmer and rancher led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture, working to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers’ efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture. To learn more, visit our website at You can also find USFRA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.