USDA announces United Soybean Board appointments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the appointment of producers to serve three-year terms on the United Soybean Board.

Newly appointed producers in the High Plains Journal readership area are as follows: Jim Carroll III, Brinkley, Arkansas; April Hemmes, Hampton, Iowa; Rochelle Krusemark, Sherburn, Minnesota; Patrick Hobbs, Dudley, Missouri; Tony Johanson, Oakland, Nebraska; and David Iverson, Astoria, South Dakota.

“I truly appreciate the time and expertise these individuals have agreed to give guiding the United Soybean Board,” said Perdue. “Their work is especially important as we work to improve international opportunities for American farmers and ranchers. Together we will help them thrive by increasing domestic and international demand for the nearly 90 million acres of soybeans produced by U.S. farmers.”

The board is authorized by the Soybean Promotion, Research and Information Act and is composed of 73 members representing 29 states and Eastern and Western regions. Members must be soybean producers nominated by a qualified state soybean board.

More information about the board and a list of board members is available on AMS’ Soybean Research and Promotion Program webpage at, and the board’s website,

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity.