The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) board of trustees has five district seats up for election this year. All eligible candidates interested in running for the OSC board must obtain at least 15 valid signatures on the petition, which is available at soyohio.org/petition.
All petitions must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) by mail. They must be postmarked no later than July 8 and received by July 15.
OSC is the qualified state soybean board for Ohio and manages state soybean checkoff dollars. The OSC board is made up of farmer-volunteers who direct the investments of checkoff dollars to improve the profitability of Ohio soybean farmers.
Here are the districts up for election:
District 7. Includes Auglaize, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties. Incumbent Jerry Bambauer is eligible to run for another term.
District 8. Includes Champaign, Hardin, and Logan counties. Incumbent Bill Bayliss is term-limited.
District 10. Includes Butler, Darke, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Preble counties. Incumbent Scott Denlinger is eligible to run for another term.
District 12. Includes Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Fairfield, Franklin, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties. Incumbent Dave Dotterer is eligible to run for another term.
District 14. Includes Athens, Fayette, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. Incumbent Scott Metzger is eligible to run for another term.
To be eligible for election to the OSC Board, nominees must live in a county in the districts listed; and be a soybean producer engaged in the growing of soybeans in the state of Ohio, who owns or shares the ownership and risk of loss of soybeans at any time during the three-year period immediately preceding Nov. 15 of the current year.
Eligible producers who have contributed to the soybean checkoff and have submitted a petition with the signatures of 15 other eligible soybean producers who reside in the respective district shall be determined by ODA as candidates for election. OSC trustees serve one term of three years and may be elected to serve up to three consecutive terms.
For questions, contact Kirk Merritt, OSC executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.