Doug Winter, a soybean farmer from Mill Shoals and Illinois Soybean Association treasurer, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to serve on the United Soybean Board. The director position, one of four held by Illinois soybean farmers, will be vacated in December.
"I look forward to serving the remainder of Phillip Bradshaw's term and to representing the interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the national level, hopefully as well as Phil has for the past several years. He has been a great voice and supporter of Illinois agriculture and soybean farmers," says Winter, who will serve the rest of the term that expires in December 2013. "I will be one of 69 farmer leaders from around the nation who are dedicated to wisely investing checkoff dollars and maximizing profit opportunities for Illinois and U.S. soybean farmers."
Winter operates a cash grain farm in partnership with his brother, Richard, producing yellow food-grade and commercial corn, wheat, commercial soybeans and seed soybeans. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and member of the American Society of Agronomists. As an ISA board member, Winter has been affiliated with the USA Poultry and Egg Council, World Aquaculture Society, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and Soybean Research & Development Council. He has a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Bradshaw, a farmer from Griggsville, Ill., is past chairman of USB, the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) and the World Soy Foundation. He served as chairman of the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board and as a board member of the U.S. Soybean Export Council. He currently is vice chairman for the United States Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
The Illinois Soybean Association is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers. The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information, visit: www.ilsoy.org