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Alabama Soybean Producers

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

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.

Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Member Class Allied Class 
Matt King
Director of Marketing Information and 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.

CME Group

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

Provides contracts to hedge price risk.

CoBank

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.

Commodity and Ingredient Hedging LLC

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
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.

Ever Extruder

Friday, June 16, 2017
Member Class Allied Class 
Ned Williams
President

Ever Extruder designs and builds high-performance single screw extruders. In addition, to complete machines, the company offers technology and performance upgrades to existing machines, including long life carbide die plates, knives and hub systems, sanitary start up and rear seal systems, carbide protected screws and easily adjustable shaft alignment systems. Based in North American, Ever Extruder also works in Central and South America, Europe, Northern Africa and other international markets.

Illinois Soybean Association

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Craig Ratajczyk
Chief Executive Officer

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 
Jane Ade Stevens
CEO

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 Coordinator

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.

International Grains Program Institute

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
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.

INTL FCStone

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Rodrigo Martinez
Risk Management Consultant

INTL FCStone serves the under-served small and mid-size clients seeking insights and guidance, and larger institutions seeking access to specialty markets. Whether the client is managing risk or investing for gain, INTL FCStone will always help them benefit from their exposure to financial markets. INTL FCStone provides Interest Rate Hedging and Market Information, along with Commodity Hedging.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
David Miller
Director of Research and Commodity Services

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.

Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
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.

Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
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.

Midwest Shippers Association

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

The Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) is a regional trade association cooperative that serves to promote marketing, and facilitate shipping and delivery of Specialty Grains to consumers and the food industry worldwide. Originally established through a grant from the Minnesota Legislature, the Midwest Shippers Association now serves the region of the United States made up of the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Monday, February 22, 2016
Member Class Allied Class 
Jeffrey Phillips
International Trade Manager

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

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Tom Slunecka
CEO

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.

Missouri Department of Agriculture

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Member Class Allied Class 
Casey Chasteen

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 
Tony Stafford
Director of Business Development and New Markets

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.

National Oilseed Processors Association

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Tom Hammer
President

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.

New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Julia Robbins
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.

North Carolina Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services Marketing Division

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
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.

North Carolina Soybean Producers Association

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Taylor Fish
Office Manager

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 
Diana Beitelspacher
CEO

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.

Northern Crops Institute

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Mark Weber
Director

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.

Schillinger Genetics

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Craig Williams

Schillinger Genetics, Inc is dedicated in helping farmers, feed and food companies, and consumer realize benefits and value from our novel products. We are dedicated in providing all sectors throughout the entire chain a better alternative than the typical commodity markets by improving the bottom line, nutritional benefits, or substitution of a more expensive or limited resource products.

South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 

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.

T. Parker Host

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
Finn Host
Executive Vice President

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.

Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
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.

USA Trading, Division of RCG

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Member Class Allied Class 
Bob McKenna
Vice President

USA Trading was founded to service the needs of professional commodity and commodity options traders. Over the past 25 years it has expanded its customer base to include CTA’s, Introducing Brokers, Hedge Funds, as well as domestic and foreign commercial clients.

USA Trading prides itself on the personalized service our team provides to each unique customer.

USA Trading was founded in 1985 by Jake Morowitz catering to the Professional Floor Trader. USA Trading soon became known for clearing Options Traders and pioneered the use of its own dedicated floor network and Option Price Modeling software.

Today we continue the heritage of our early adopter and high touch past. As a Division of RCG, we now serve a large and diverse client base and have always maintained our commitment of service and dedication to the customer.

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.

Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board

Friday, October 9, 2015
Member Class Allied Class 
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.