Yesterday, the New York Corn Growers Association held a news conference to announce that it's changing its name to include soybean growers. As changed, the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association already has been approved by the United Soybean Board to serve as the Qualified State Soybean Board for New York State.
This expansion comes at a time of significant growth in New York's soybean industry, reports the association's Executive Director Rick Zimmerman. Production has been increasing steadily over the past decade to about 10 million bushels in 2009.
The expanded organization will be well-positioned to provide better leadership for both industries and better serve all members including educational events, such as the upcoming summer crop tour Aug. 17.
Last month, the United Soybean Board accepted the Association's application to serve as that Board. A final decision on the designation is pending at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.