WILSON, DEE AMONG SOYBEAN APPOINTMENTS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Talladega County row crop farmer David Wilson of Lincoln has been appointed to the United Soybean Board by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, and Mike Dee of Dee River Ranch in Pickens County has been named as an alternate member.
Both members of the Alabama Farmers Federation, Wilson and Dee were among 19 members and two alternates named by Schaefer Tuesday. Both will serve three-year terms beginning in December and will represent Mid-South states.
Others representing the Mid-South states include H. Todd Allen of Arkansas, James Sneed of Mississippi, Jason Bean of Missouri and Gerald Caldwell of Tennessee.
The 68-member United Soybean Board is authorized by the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act. The secretary of agriculture selects appointees from soybean producers nominated by qualified state soybean boards.
The mandatory program is funded at the rate of 0.5 percent of the net market price of the soybeans purchased. The board's goal is to strengthen the position of soybeans in the marketplace and to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets and uses for soybeans and soybean products.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service monitors operation of the board.