If you wonder why some of Indiana's commodity groups do the things you see them doing, or if you wonder why they don't carry out ideas or projects you believe would be worthwhile, now' your chance. The Indiana Soybean Alliance is seeking nominations for directors that would serve on the Board of directors of the Indiana Soybean Alliance.
Any Hoosier soybean farmer is eligible to complete and submit a petition. Completed petitions are due by Tuesday, March 31. One requirement to petition to be candidate is that you sign what's known as a Director's Expectation Statement. You must also provide certain personal information on a form called the Indiana Soybean Leader profile. You can find both of these forms on the Indiana Soybean Alliance Website. Visit it at: www.indianasoybean.com, or if you prefer technology not quite so modern, call the office at 800-735-0195.
Voting actually doesn't take place until July. Ballots will be distributed by mail to local soybean growers. Estimates are that ISA works on behalf of nearly 28,000 soybean farmers in the state. Those producers elected in July will assume their new position, or stay for another term, beginning in January, 2010.
It's the Board of Directors of the Indiana Soybean Alliance that invests check-off dollars. The current Board, following the strategic plan for ISA, has identified six major initiatives- aquaculture, biofuels, livestock research, grain marketing and new uses.
There are four voting districts within Indiana. Anyone elected to the 24-member state board will serve a three-year term. Currently, the Indiana Soybean Alliance needs to fill two spots in each of the four districts.
There is an unusual quirk in the organization, since it was formed from the merger of the Indiana soybean board and the Indiana Association of Soybean Growers a few years ago. If elected to the ISA Board, a director may choose to represent dues-paying members of the Alliance. Those that choose to do so become involved in developing and promoting public policies that benefit Indiana soybean farmers in the long run.
What qualifies you as eligible? USDA considers you eligible for a director's spot if you were engaged in growing soybeans in Indiana between Setpember '07 and September '09. Candidates must certify that they either own the soybeans, or share the ownership risk of loss on a soybean crop.