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Wisconsin farmers elected to leadership positions on national soybean boards

Wisconsin farmers elected to leadership positions on national soybean boards
Hoyer, Kavazanjian serving on soybean executive committees for ASA and USB

Kevin Hoyer, a soybean producer from West Salem, has been re-elected to the executive committee of the American Soybean Association and Nancy Kavazanjian has been elected to the executive committee of the United Soybean Board.

Hoyer has served on the ASA board for seven years and has been active in the association since 2003. He served two terms as president of the Wisconsin Soybean Association and is a past participant of the DuPont Young Leader Program. Hoyer has served as an agronomist and location manager at a local ag retail company since 1990. In addition, he and his wife Jody operate a 500 acre grain farm. Jody works as a lab technician at a local milk plant as well.

Wisconsin ranks 13th in soybean production among U.S. states.

Nancy Kavazanjian was elected to the United Soybean Board Executive Committee. Kavazanjian, a Beaver Dam grain farmer, has served as a farmer director on USB for several years.

The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy's customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

In addition, Kavazanjian was named chairperson of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, an organization dedicated to leading the national consumer dialogue about how America's food is grown and raised. Previously, Kavazanjian served as a vice chairperson of USFRA which consists of more than 80 farmer and rancher-led organizations and ag partners.

"We're proud of the great leadership that Wisconsin soybean farmers provide at the state and national level," says Bob Karls, executive director of the Wisconsin Soybean programs. "Wisconsin has 11,000 soybean growers enriching our way of life. Wisconsin ranks 13th in soybean production among U.S. states. Wisconsin soybean farmers grows twice as much food as his or her parents did using less land, energy, water and fewer emissions. We're proud of our contribution to the world's food supply."

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