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Agromeris LLC

Monday, July 20, 2020
Member Class Allied Class 
Jacob Golbitz
Managing Director

AGROMERIS is a consulting firm focusing on the needs of the food and agricultural industry. Services include development and implementation of specialty, organic and identity-preserved sourcing programs, coordination of processing/packaging, strategic business planning and market intelligence, the evaluation of legal and regulatory initiatives and their impact on food and agricultural markets and trade.

Alabama Soybean Producers

Monday, September 21, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Carla Hornady

The Alabama Farmers Federation Soybean Division is composed of farmers throughout the state who produce soybeans as part or all of their livelihoods. The Soybean Division represents farmers on a national, state and local level and has county committees in 28 counties in Alabama.

Anderson International Corp

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Member Class Allied Class 
Eric Stibora
VP Sales & Marketing

Anderson International Corp designs, supports, and manufactures complete systems for the mechanical extraction of soy oil from soybean.

Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Member Class Allied Class 
Mark Lambert
Director, Commodity Activities & Economics


The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board consists of soybean producers nominated by various producer organizations within Arkansas and appointed by the governor.  This board, with a goal of improving the sustainability and profitability of the soybean industry in Arkansas, is responsible for distributing funds from the checkoff.

Blue Water Shipping Company

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Member Class Allied Class 
Richie Bernard
District Manager

Blue Water Shipping is a full service Ship Agency and Freight Forwarding Service.

CME Group

Friday, March 11, 2016
Member Class Allied Class 
Susan Sutherland
Sr. Director, Ag & Alt Investment Products

Provides contracts to hedge price risk.


Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Karen Lowe
SVP & Manager, Agricultural Export Finance Division

CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving agribusinesses and other vital industries across rural America. Outside the U.S., they provide financing to support the export of U.S. agricultural products to markets around the globe.

Michael Shawver
Vice President of New Business Development

Established in 1999, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC (CIH) provides customized agricultural price management consulting services and educational programs to commercial firms and industry associations. CIH clients are primarily agricultural hedgers including crushing, trading, milling, food, feed and livestock firms. CIH offers a full array of services to meet various clients’ needs such as: Risk Assessment, Advanced Hedge Design and Maintenance, Hedge Policy Development, Internal Reporting Procedures, Profit Margin Management, OTC Consulting, and Education and Training. CIH prides itself on the ability to work one-on-one with clients, allowing them to gain greater expertise and confidence in managing price risk and controlling margins.

Illinois Soybean Association

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Mark Albertson
Director of Strategic Market Development

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.

Indiana Soybean Alliance

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Courtney Kingery

The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) is a statewide organization that serves Indiana soybean farmers. ISA is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB), as defined in the Soybean Promotion & Research Act (SPARC – soybean checkoff program), for the state of Indiana to manage the Indiana soybean checkoff program. The Indiana Soybean Alliance proactively works to improve the viability of Indiana soybean farmers and industry partners.

Insta-Pro International

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Tori Sorensen
Marketing Director

Insta-Pro International works closely with processors to examine challenges and develop chemical free processing solutions for producing protein that can be used in livestock feed, vegetable oils, soy food ingredients, pet food and fish feed. The Insta-Pro Intl method uses an exclusive process with advantages in the following: nutritional quality, digestibility, omproved flavor, longer shelf life. Additional Support includes: quick response to customer needs, nutritional advice, engineering advice, connectivity to raw ingredient suppliers, business partners and consumers. As a result, Insta-Pro Intl’s leadership in mechanical reliability and nutritional excellence has earned us a top reputation in the industry.

Dr. Carlos Campabadal
Instructor/IGP Outreach Specialist

The IGP Institute serves Kansas and U.S. commodity organizations through its global education center housed in the Grain Science Complex on the campus of Kansas State University. This complex is home to the International Grains Program Conference Center, Hal Ross Flour Mill, O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center and the Bio-processing and Industrial Value Added Products Innovation Center. The mission of the International Grains Program is to offer innovative technical programs to enhance the market preference, consumption and utilization of U.S. cereal grains, oilseeds and their value-added products for the global grain industry.


Thursday, January 9, 2020
Member Class Allied Class 
Kenneth Cote
Director Agri USA; Food North America

Intertek is an industry leader with more than 44,000 employees in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. They deliver Total Quality Assurance expertise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our industry-winning processes and customer-centric culture. Whether your business is local or global, Intertek can help to ensure that your products meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. They hold extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements, and our knowledge of and expertise in overcoming regulatory, market, and supply chain hurdles is unrivaled.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Sam Funk
Director, Agriculture Analytics and Research - Senior Economist

Just like the diverse group that founded Iowa Farm Bureau in 1918, today’s members come from all walks of life and easily find common ground in values like family, productivity and quality of life. Whether you farm or not, our work touches you in some way. Through local and state initiatives, Iowa Farm Bureau promotes youth development and education, rural community renewal, health and wellness initiatives, the environment, Iowa’s famous work ethic and many charitable causes.

Iowa Soybean Association

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Karen Long
Project Coordinator

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) develops policies and programs that help farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The Association is governed by an elected board of 21 volunteer farmers and serves more than 11,000 members throughout the state.

Kansas Soybean Commission

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Kenlon Johannes

The Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC) is a farmer-driven organization dedicated to improving profitability, increasing demand and building a strong future for all Kansas soybean farmers. KSC consists of nine farmers elected to serve the needs and interests of Kansas soybean farmers. Those commissioners oversee the investment of 50 percent of Kansas’ checkoff dollars. (The other 50 percent goes to the United Soybean Board.) The farmer-leaders are elected to serve their geographic regions through a process conducted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. KSC primarily focuses on soybean research, marketing and education to support the profit opportunities for Kansas soybean farmers and the soybean industry.

Debbie Ellis
Executive Director

The Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board invests soybean checkoff dollars in research and market development to create opportunities for increased profitability for Kentucky’s more than 7,000 soybean farmers.

Kathy Maurer

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Board is a farmer-driven organization that manages checkoff resources to increase return on investment for Michigan soybean farmers while enhancing sustainable soybean production.

Jeffrey Phillips
International Trade Manager

Connecting Minnesota suppliers of commodities and value-added food products to buyers from around the world.

Tom Slunecka

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of the state’s soybean farmers. The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers to pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. Funds are used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.

John Hensley
Marketing Specialist

Missouri Department of Agriculture is focused on promoting and building Missouri agriculture through domestic and international tradeshows and trade missions, marketing programs that provide funding to Missouri producers and being knowledgeable about markets and trade regulations.

Missouri Merchandising Council

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Gary Wheeler

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) is a farmer-run organization dedicated to improving the profitability of the Missouri soybean farmer through a combination of marketing, research and commercialization programs.

Tom Hammer

National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) is a Trade Association for U.S. Oilseed Processors. NOPA represents companies regularly engaged within the Continental limits of the United States in the actual processing of Oilseeds for Meal and Oil using a solvent extraction process that are members of this Association.

Nebraska Soybean Board

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Victor Bohuslavsky
Executive Director

The nine farmer-directors of the Nebraska Soybean Board oversee the investments of Nebraska soybean checkoff funds to maximize profit opportunities for all 22,000 Nebraska soybean farmers. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

Colleen Klein
Executive Director

The New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association is a grassroots organization representing corn and soybean producers’ interests. The Association works to develop and expand markets, educate members, and enhance public policy for corn and soybean growers in the Empire State. The Association sponsors research on corn and soybean production, utilization, and marketing; and hosts educational programs on management, production, and marketing. The Association is also a Qualified State Soybean Board and administers New York’s soybean checkoff.

Peter Thornton
Assistant Director, International Trade

The NCDA International Trade Office helps bridge the gap between international buyers and North Carolina suppliers of agricultural commodities, value-added foods and forest products.

Owen Wagner

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is the research, promotion, and advocacy organization serving the interest of North Carolina’s soybean producers and their families. For North Carolina soybean producers, the association is putting the checkoff to work for you through: research, market development and communications. They also make voices heard through Soybean Policy Initiatives. The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association represents approximately 8,500 soy growers in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

North Dakota Soybean Council

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Stephanie Sinner

The North Dakota Soybean Council invests checkoff dollars paid by more than 8,000 soybean producers to increase demand and yields, expand overseas markets, strengthen our transportation infrastructure, provide valuable producer education and increase consumer awareness about our industry.

Nancy Johnson
Executive Director

The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA) is a statewide, nonprofit, member-driven organization. NDSGA exists to conduct legislative activities at the state level in Bismarck and national level in Washington, D.C., to improve the sustainable prosperity of its soybean farmer members and the entire soybean industry. The organization is one of 26 similar organizations from soybean-producing states that are affiliated with the American Soybean Association (ASA).

NDSGA’s mission is to create partnerships to proactively improve the profitability and representation of all North Dakota soybean growers and to develop quality community leaders.

Northern Crops Institute

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Mark Jirik

NCI supports regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern-grown crops.

Ohio Soybean Council

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Kirk Merritt
Executive Director

The Ohio Soybean Council invests the Ohio soybean checkoff in marketing, research and education to the benefit of Ohio’s soybean farmers.

Pennsylvania Soybean Board

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Jennifer Reed-Harry
Executive Director

The Pennsylvania Soybean Board (PSB) consists of a farmer-driven board responsible for managing Pennsylvania’s share of funds received from the national soy checkoff program. The soy checkoff helps ensure a strong and profitable future for soybean farmers. Through the checkoff, each farmer contributes one-half of 1 percent of the price of each bushel, which elevators and processors collect at the first point of sale. The checkoff uses the funds for activities to improve the profit potential for all U.S. soybean farmers. PSB primarily focuses on soybean research, marketing and education to support the profitability of Pennsylvania soybean farmers and the soy industry.

R. J. O’Brien

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Bell Chen
Vice President

R.J. O’Brien & Associates LLC is the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States. They provide full-service risk-management solutions to producers and end-users of agricultural, livestock, base metal, softs and energy products.

Lorrin Nassz
Digital Content Manager

Agriculture is a major industry for South Dakota. For the farmers who work the land, agriculture is more than a job – it is a career, a passion, and a way of life.

At least 97% of farms in South Dakota are family owned and operated. Many of these farms have been in the same family for more than 100 years and the average age of a South Dakota farmer is 57 years old. There are nearly 49,000 producers in South Dakota on almost 30,000 farmes or ranches. In 2017, the average size of a farm in South Dakota was 1,443 acres.

South Dakota’s agriculture industry has a $32.5 billion economic impact each year. With more than 19 million acres of cropland and nearly 22 million acres of pastureland, our farmers and ranchers are one of our economy’s key drivers. In addition to generating 33% of our state’s economic activity, production agriculture and its value-added industries employ over 132,000 South Dakotans. This economic impact is a direct result of our production capacity and investment in value-added industries. Businesses ranging from ethanol plants and livestock feeding operations to farmers’ markets and wineries are capitalizing on agriculture’s competitive and comparative advantages for economic development in South Dakota.

Jerry Schmitz
Executive Director

The seven farmer-directors of the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council oversee the investments of South Dakota soybean checkoff funds to maximize profit opportunities for all 13,000 South Dakota soybean farmers. South Dakota soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Member Class Allied Class 
Eric Wenberg
Chief Executive Officer

SSGA is a national alliance of companies focused on production, processing, and shipping of specialty soya and grains worldwide. Its mission is to provide resources that communicate the quality, diversity, and availability of their products.

StoneX Group Inc.

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Rodrigo Martinez
Senior Trader

StoneX Group Inc. (formerly INTL FCStone Inc.), through its subsidiaries, connects clients with global markets across all asset classes – providing execution, post-trade settlement, clearing and custody services through one trusted partner. Clients use its institutional-grade financial services network to pursue trading opportunities, make investments, manage their market risk, and improve their business performance. A publicly traded company (NASDAQ: INTL) headquartered in New York City, StoneX Group Inc. and its 2,000 employees serve more than 30,000 commercial and institutional clients, and more than 125,000 retail clients, from more than 40 offices across five continents.

T. Parker Host

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
William Davis
Head of Agency

T. Parker Host, Inc. is a full service ship agency firm serving ship owners, charterers, operators, receivers, and brokers. We have offices covering all ports along the US East and Gulf Coasts. Their boarding staff has extensive experience in handling coal, grain, minerals, fertilizers, general cargo, project cargo, scrap, cement, livestock, tankers (oil and parcel), container lines, cruise lines and mega yachts.

Park Wells
Executive Director

The Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board (TSPB) is the Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB) for Tennessee producers in the national checkoff program. TSPB promotes the growth and development of the state’s soybean industry by investing checkoff funds in research, advertisement, promotion, education, and market development. The board membership is composed of nine soybean producers from across the state.

The Russell Marine Group

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Bruce Davis

The Russell Marine Group was founded in 1965 and is based in the New Orleans area. RMG offers a single source for supervision, inspection, freight booking/forwarding, testing and logistical coordination.

Thionville Laboratories

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Paul Thionville

Thionville Surveying Co. Inc/Thionville Laboratories was established in 1961 to inspect, supervise, weigh, sample and analyze Agricultural commodities, including soybeans, in the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and many ports in the world through agents. Thionville is recognized as superintendents and analysts for GAFTA, FOSFA as well as analyst for the AOCS.

TransGraph Consulting Pvt.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Member Class Allied Class 
Donald Roux
Senior Vice President, North America

TransGraph is a specialist commodities analysis and consulting firm working with more than 100 clients in over 20 countries. Their coverage includes major global agricultural and soft commodities (Soybeans, Edible Oils, maize, Mentha oil). Services include, in-depth Market lntelligence, Price Analytics and Forecasts, and proprietary software TransRisk, a Value-at-Risk commodity risk management tool.

Keith Long
Director, International Marketing

Established in 1877, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship.

The agency is headquartered in Richmond and has several field offices, four regional diagnostic animal health laboratories and a global network of representatives promoting Virginia products internationally.

Wenger Manufacturing

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Doug Baldwin

Established in 1935, Wenger Manufacturing is the recognized world leader in the design and supply of extrusion processing systems for both animal feed and human food products, with capacities ranging from 1 to 20 MT/h.

Robert Karls
Executive Director

Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the WSMB works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin soybean producers. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board is a grassroots, farmer-led organization dedicated to building demand, creating new uses and focusing on disease research for Wisconsin soybeans. The Board is committed to statewide education and outreach programs to inform consumers about the benefits of soy. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board represents 18,000 Wisconsin Soybean Farmers.