ST. LOUIS — The United Soybean Board and soybean checkoff swore in Keith Kemp, a soybean farmer from West Manchester, Ohio, among 15 new checkoff farmer-leaders at its recent annual meeting. He was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
The 15 new appointees join 54 existing or returning farmer-leaders in volunteering their time to administer all U.S. soybean farmers’ checkoff investments. USB invests checkoff funds in research and promotion programs aimed at helping increase profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers.
Kemp, nominated by the Ohio Soybean Council, joins Daniel Corcoran, of Waverly; John Motter, of Jenera; and Dale Profit, of Van Wert, in representing Ohio on the board.
Ohio’s representation on the board increased this year to four farmer-directors as a result of increased soybean acreage in the state. USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers.