ASA WISHH board for 2017 and 18
WISHH Committee members for 2017-18. Front row, from left: Ryan Cahoon, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Dawn Scheier, Secretary George Goblish, Vice Chairman Levi Huffman, and Chairman Daryl Cates. Back row, from left: David Williams, Marypat Corbett, Matt Gast, Gerry Hayden, David Lueck, Jim Wilson, Treasurer Stan Born, Kurt Maurath, Tim Bardole and Bill Wykes. Not shown: Thomas Kentner, Jeff Lynn, Steve Reinhard and Ed Beaman.
Photo courtesy of ASA.
 
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, U.S. – Ron Moore, president of the American Soybean Association (ASA), confirmed 19 fellow soybean growers from across the nation to lead the ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program Committee in 2017-18. Their goal in the long term is market development which was underscored on Aug. 10 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year at 4.38 billion bushels.

“WISHH strives for long-term market development and is always looking over the hill to the next market for U.S. soy,” Moore said, while announcing the WISHH committee. 

Officers are: Daryl Cates, chairman; Levi Huffman, vice-chairman; Stan Born, treasurer; and George Goblish, secretary.

New WISHH Committee Members include: Matt Gast, representing the North Dakota Soybean Council, and Gerry Hayden, representing the ASA. They will serve alongside soybean growers from 11 other states.

Other new faces to the WISHH Committee include: David Lueck, board director of the United Soybean Board; David Williams, a Michigan soybean grower; and Ed Beaman, U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) chief operations officer. All of these individuals will serve as ex-officio members of the committee. 

Returning WISHH committee members include the officers as well as Tim Bardole, Ryan Cahoon, Thomas Kentner, Jeff Lynn, Kurt Maurath, Steve Reinhard, Dawn Scheier, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Jim Wilson and Bill Wykes, representing the ASA.

Moore thanked retiring WISHH Committee members Art Wosick and E.L. Reed as well as USSEC ex-officio member Marypat Corbett.

“WISHH’s Program Committee’s leadership is important to U.S. soybean growers as well as the many companies and customers in developing countries that seek to use U.S. soy in livestock feeds and human foods,” Moore said. “Cooperative efforts between WISHH and these emerging economies increase opportunities for trade.”

Cates added that WISHH leverages U.S. soybean farmer checkoff dollars 6 to 1.

“And that’s just the beginning,” he said. “WISHH further multiplies Qualified State Soybean Board dollars through international private-sector partner investments. The right formula for trade grows markets for U.S. soy farmers, and at the same time, improves lives for people abroad. WISHH works with international companies and organizations that purchase U.S. soy. These buyers invest thousands of their own dollars to research and promote soy-based foods and feeds made with U.S. soy in emerging markets.”