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September 19, 2011

Iowa Soybean Association elects officers

Ankeny, Iowa — September 19, 2011

The Iowa Soybean Association recently held its board elections at its September 8 meeting. Dean Coleman from Humboldt took his seat as president with Mark Jackson of Rose Hill as president-elect. Tom Oswald of Cleghorn was elected treasurer and Wayne Fredericks of Osage of was chosen as secretary. Brian Kemp of Sibley was also elected to the executive committee.

Coleman says the board did a great job selecting the executive committee. “They bring varying talents and levels of experience that will cause great discussions as we work on projects and areas of concern,” Coleman says. “I’m looking forward to this coming year as we see record prices and the need to use producer dollars in an ever more prudent manner. We need to keep our exports at record pace, so working with the Chinese and all our other export customers, as well as our domestic partners, will be paramount. Another area I’m focusing on is the need to fund research to increase yields as we race to keep up with demand.”

Those reelected to three-year terms include Curt Sindergard of Rolfe, representing District 1; Delbert Christensen of Audubon, representing District 4; Randy VanKooten of Lynnville, representing District 5; and Jim Andrew of Jefferson and Roy Arends of Alexander are At Large directors.

Other district directors include Brian Kemp, representing District 1; Wayne Fredericks and Dean Coleman, representing District 2; Sheila Hebenstreit of Jefferson and Kermit Allard of Cedar Falls, representing District 4; Rolland Schnell of Newton, representing District 5; Benjamin Schmidt of Iowa City and Ed Ulch of Solon, representing District 6; Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney and Delbert Westphalen of Atlantic, representing District 7; Cliff Mulder of Pella, representing District 8; Mark Jackson and John Heisdorffer of Keota, representing District 9. Ron Heck of Perry and Tom Oswald are At Large directors.

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