March 1, 2015

Award Winning Efforts at Commodity Classic




Several members of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association are taking in the sights and sounds of Phoenix for the 20th Annual Commodity Classic event – and they’re bringing home some awards!

We had the pleasure to visit with Association President Jason Mewes of Colgate – and long time member Harvey Morken of Casselton.  They were looking forward to Friday night’s banquet and awards ceremony for the American Soybean Association – where Harvey is going to given a Lifetime Achievement Award with a membership focus.

ND Soybean Growers

The Growers Association is a statewide, not-for-profit, member-driven organization that works on behalf of soybean producers on legislative priorities in Bismarck – and in Washington, DC.  The 15-member board for the Association is composed of representatives from eight geographic districts in North Dakota, three at-large representatives, two American Soybean Association delegates, an agricultural industry representative and a DuPont Young Leader.


ND Soybean Council Open For Director Applications

The North Dakota Soybean Council is looking for farmers interested in filling one of North Dakota’s three director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB).  Jay Myers, soybean farmer from Colfax, ND is eligible for another term.  His position will expire in December 2015.  
ND Soybean Council CEO Diana Beitelspacher.
All checkoff paying soybean producers in North Dakota are eligible to apply, and Beitelspacher says an opportunity for a producer to learn quite a bit.
To be considered for the national leadership position, farmers must complete the required application and “Agreement to Serve” statement and submit them to the NDSC office by noon on April 3, 2015.

The NDSC Board of Directors will submittwo nominations for this vacancy and two nominations for alternate positions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture . The Secretary of Agriculture will make final appointments, and the chosen individual will begin serving the three-year term in December 2015. The individual appointed is eligible to serve up to a total of three terms. 

Speaking of the United Soybean Board – soybean farmers wanting to know more about their customers beyond the elevator are invited to participate in the checkoff’s See for Yourself program. Beitelspacher says that’s another great opportunity for producers.

The program is scheduled to take place July 30August 7, 2015,  and USB will cover all related rooming, meal and travel expenses.

All U.S. soybean farmers over the age of 18 can apply now for the seventh See for Yourself program.


Commodity Classic – Phoenix

Commodity Classic is swinging into full gear at the Phoenix Convention Center.  It’s what many consider to be the premiere gathering for the nation’s corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum producers.  Organizers are anticipating record registration for the event.  Here’s what Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee Co-chair Bart Schott of North Dakota had to say about this year’s event.

Bart Schott CC15

Thursday’s Trade Show opens to the public at noon.  Producers from across the nation will have the chance to see new products and innovations.  There are several drawings and giveaways on the Trade Show floor, as well.

Friday’s General Session will feature U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sharing his thoughts on the top issues affecting agriculture.