November 30, 2017
By Debra Davis
Alabama soybean farmer Annie Dee of Pickens County has been reappointed to the United Soybean Board (USB) by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. She is among 19 farmer-leaders from across the country who will be sworn in as USB directors at the organization’s annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, Dec. 6. The appointees include seven new directors, 12 returning board members and three alternates who each serve three-year terms.
Alabama Farmers Federation State Soybean Committee Chairman Colt Clemmons of Lauderdale County was appointed as an alternate USB director. Dee also serves on the Federation’s state committee.
The USB farmer-leaders direct soybean checkoff funds to research, marketing and promotion efforts that maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. Dee said she is honored and thrilled to represent fellow farms on the board.
“It’s important for me and farmers like me to serve on the USB to make sure our interests are being represented,” Dee said. “The checkoff funds research, education and promotion, and by serving on the board, I can help direct how those funds are invested.”
Dee said one of her main passions for serving on the USB is to help find new uses for soybeans and soy meal and oil. Some of those include soy oil used to make tires, soy-based adhesives in forestry products, soy-based foam in automobile seats and soy oil in asphalt.
Dee was appointed to the USB in 2011 and reappointed in 2014. She serves on the USB Soil Oil Demand Subcommittee. She is president of Dee River Ranch near Aliceville, the 2013 Alabama Farm of Distinction. The ranch includes about 4,000 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat plus about 1,000 head of Brahman-Angus crossed beef cattle. Annie’s brother, Mike Dee, is farm manager. Along with 10 siblings and other family members, the Dees operate the 10,000-acre farm.
Federation Soybean Division Director Carla Hornady said the appointments of Dee and Clemmons help all Alabama farmers.
“Serving on a national committee helps ensure our state’s farmers are consideredwhen checkoff dollars are spent,” Hornady said. “How and where those funds are invested are important to the future of soybean farming in Alabama.”
In addition to Dee, other reappointments are Robert Stobaugh, Arkansas; Gary Berg, Illinois; Thomas Oswald, Iowa; Larry Marek, Iowa; Keith Tapp, Kentucky; Belinda Burrier, Maryland; Herb Miller, Michigan; Lewis Rone, Missouri; Mike Korth, Nebraska; Ellie Green Jr., South Carolina; and David Nichols, Tennessee.
Newly appointed board members are Tom Griffiths, Indiana; Dennis Gruenbacher, Kansas; Lawrence Sukalski, Minnesota; Philip Good, Mississippi; Dave Dotterer, Ohio; Marc Reiner, South Dakota; and Andrew Scott Jr., Texas. In addition to Clemmons, alternate directors include Fitzhugh Bethea of South Carolina, who was reappointed, and newly appointed alternate Daniel Berglund of Texas.
USB’s 73 farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. 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.
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