The American Soybean Association's World Initiative for Soy in Human Health officers and committee members for 2020-2021 have been announced. Officers are Chairman Gerry Hayden, Kentucky; Vice Chair Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Illinois; Treasurer Jim Wilson, Michigan, and Secretary Morey Hill, Iowa.
Two new farmer-leaders joined WISHH: David Niekamp, Illinois, and Adam Redmann, North Dakota. In addition to the four WISHH executive committee members, ASA reappointed: Daryl Cates, Illinois, who was WISHH chair from 2016 to 2020 and now serves on WISHH as a representative of the ASA Governing Committee; Tim Bardole, Iowa; Craig Converse, South Dakota; Scott Gaffner, Illinois; George Goblish, Minnesota; Bob Haselwood, Kansas; David Lueck, Missouri; Bob Suver, Ohio; Dawn Scheier, South Dakota; Craig Williams, Indiana; David Williams, Michigan, who is a USB ex-officio member on WISHH, along with USSEC representative Ed Beaman; and Bill Wykes, Illinois, who also serves as an ASA representative.
“ASA thanks these soybean growers who lead WISHH’s important work to connect trade and development,” said ASA President Bill Gordon. “WISHH is U.S. soy’s catalyst for trade in emerging and developing markets in Africa, Asia and Central America.
“WISHH is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and today’s trade environment validates just how visionary U.S. soybean growers and their state soybean checkoff organizations were when they launched WISHH,” Gordon added. “All U.S. soybean growers benefit from WISHH serving as the long-term market development arm of the U.S. soy family.”
To fill protein gaps in Asia, Africa and Central America, WISHH works with leaders and supply chain partners within countries to build networks and connect value chains for new products or services for soyfoods as well as feeds for livestock, poultry and aquaculture. WISHH educates, mentors and networks as well as provides trade solutions for U.S. soy use.
Soybean checkoff dollars are the core funding that WISHH uses to go out and secure additional resources, such as those available through USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. WISHH has leveraged farmer checkoff dollars at a six-to-one ratio over the last seven consecutive years.