Maybe you have a great idea for using checkoff money that you help contribute each year tot eh Indiana Soybean Alliance. Or maybe you have questions about that money is being used now, and want to have a voice on the inside to let your thoughts be known. Whatever the case, there is still time to qualify yourself to be a candidate for the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the deadline is coming fast, so you need to act quickly. Megan Kuhn, communications manager for the Indiana Soybean Alliance, says that you have until Wednesday, March 31 to apply for a seat on the Board. The Indiana Soybean Alliance is the only soybean organization in Indiana, and the one that receives and allocates checkoff dollars. Several years ago, the Indiana Soybean Growers Association and the Indiana Soybean Board merged to make this one, more unified organization.
It is served by staff that also serves the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. The executive director for all three groups is Mark Henderson, who retired from industry, then saw the position as a challenge and began his new role just over one year ago. Kuhn also promotes all three groups. The organizations are co-located, along with Indiana Pork and the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Complete for about a year, the relocation of all groups to one location helps make better use of facilities, and allows each group to stay better informed of the goals and challenges of the other group, officials say.
To be a candidate for the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors, complete an ISA director election application available on the Website at: www.indianasoybean.com. If you prefer you can also receive the necessary information by calling the ISA office at 1-800-735-0195.
Actual voting will take place in July. Ballots will be distributed to Indiana soybean farmers by mail. If you're elected in July, you would begin serving as a director on the board on January 1, 2011.
There are four voting districts for ISA. Farmers elected to the 24-member board serve three-year terms. ISA needs candidates to fill two open seats in each of the four districts.
To be eligible to be a board member, you must have grown soybeans between September 2008 and September 2010, Kuhn says. You must also certify that you own the soybeans, or share the ownership and risk of loss of the soybeans.