CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) elected new leaders during its annual meeting in Champaign.
Doug Schroeder, Mahomet, was elected chairman. Schroeder raises soybeans and seed corn along with his wife, Stacy, son, Bob, and son-in-law, Matt. Schroeder previously served as the organization’s vice-chairman for two years.
“ISA continues to advance forward-thinking strategies to help the state’s 43,000 soybean producers, which is especially important this year. Our profitability is challenged by trade wars and the weather, which make checkoff investment decisions even more critical,” says Schroeder. “I look forward to working with the new board to provide insightful, guided industry leadership.”
Other executive committee members include Vice-Chairman Steve Pitstick, Maple Park; Treasurer Jim Martin, Pontiac; Secretary Rick Rubenacker, McLeansboro; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Gaffner, Greenville. Joining the executive committee are David Wessel, Chandlerville, as Production and Outreach Committee chair and Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo, as Marketing Committee chair.
New at-large directors were elected by state soybean producers in attendance and include: Betsey Emerick, Vandalia and Tim Scates, Carmi.
New district directors seated include Dwayne Anderson, Lynn Center, District 3; David Niekamp, Coatsburg, District 8; Ron Kindred, Atlanta, District 9; and Jeff Parker, Belleville, District 15.
Four American Soybean Association (ASA) representatives were elected and include: Ron Moore, Roseville; Stan Born, Lovington; Bill Raben, Ridgway; and Rob Shaffer, El Paso.