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3 Wisconsin soybean farmers appointed to United Soybean Board

Nancy Kavazanjian, Tony Mellenthin and Sara R. Stelter will serve three-year terms ending in December 2025.

December 12, 2022

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SOYBEAN BOARD: The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board recently held its quarterly meeting, where board members set direction to finish out the 2023 fiscal year. Harlen Persinger

Three Wisconsin soybean farmers have been appointed to the United Soybean Board, which was announced Nov. 28 by USDA.

Serving three-year terms on behalf of Wisconsin are:

  • Nancy Kavazanjian, Beaver Dam

  • Tony Mellenthin, Eau Galle

  • Sara R. Stelter, Wautoma

Kavazanjian was elected to a three-year term after a one-year appointment. Mellenthin is in his second term, and Stelter is new to the board.

“We’re excited to have Tony, Sara and Nancy represent Wisconsin soybean farmers on the USB board,” says Pat Mullooly, who chairs the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board. “What I like most about these three is they are very qualified, they come from diverse farm backgrounds, and they represent different levels of experience on the board.”

Kavazanjian, Stelter and Mellenthin are part of a 43-member, four-alternate class. Each will serve three-year terms on USB, starting this December and ending in December 2025.

The appointments come on the heels of the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board’s quarterly meeting, where the board set direction to finish out the 2023 fiscal year, which runs through August. The board approved to fund a crush-plant feasibility study; to work on biodiesel adoption; to join Northern Soy Marketing, which promotes northern-grown soybeans and essential amino acids vs. crude protein; and to set direction to further explore opportunities to export soy through the port of Milwaukee.

“We heard presentations on a variety of projects,” Mullooly says. “I think we had some quality projects. Our directors were engaged and asked tough but important questions, and I believe we set some really good direction. I’m excited for Wisconsin soybean farmers to see some of the good things that will be coming in the future.”

Source: Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board

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