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USSEC Mourns Dwain Ford


USSEC is mourning the loss of Dwain Ford, who passed away on August 10, at age 65. Mr. Ford was a dedicated advocate and voice for the U.S. Soy industry.
Mr. Ford served on the USSEC board from 2006-2007, representing the American Soybean Association (ASA) and again in 2014, representing the United Soybean Board (USB). He also served on the boards of the Illinois Soybean Association, ASA and USB.
“It was an honor to know and work with Dwain. He was a tireless advocate of U.S. Soy in international markets, having participated in many international missions over the last few years – he was always a great speaker and representative for U.S. Soy as well as being someone who showed great respect for the USSEC team all around the world. His presence, ideas and leadership will all be deeply missed by everyone at USSEC,” said USSEC CEO Jim Sutter.
Dwain and his wife, Melba, co-owned and operated the family farm and M&D Seed Company in southern Illinois where they produced and marketed soybeans, corn and wheat. Their family includes son, Shannon; his wife, Misty; son, Ryan; his wife, Carrie; and many grandchildren.