Ja­son Spicer named di­rec­tor on Mary­land soy­bean board

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

SAL­IS­BURY — Ja­son Spicer, a 39-year-old row crop farmer from Dorch­ester County, is the new­est mem­ber of the Mary­land Soy­bean Board.

Spicer be­gan his first three-year term on the board on Oct. 1, suc­ceed­ing Wil­liam Lay­ton, who farms near Vi­enna. Lay­ton com­pleted the board’s max­i­mum three, three­year terms on the 10 farmer-mem­ber board.

Spicer owns and op­er­ates Holly Lane Farms, near Cam­bridge in the area of Church Creek. He is a mem­ber of and the ex­pan­sive and well-known Spicer fam­ily scat­tered through Dorch­ester County.

“If the name is Spicer and they live in these parts, we are all re­lated,” he said.

Holly Lane Farms tills about 1,200 acres — some owned, some rented — in the tra­di­tional ro­ta­tion of corn, soy­beans and wheat. “We bale some hay and straw,” Spicer said, adding that the farm also in­cludes an im­por­tant tim­ber cut­ting op­er­a­tion. “We do log­ging to pay for the farm,” he said with a smile.

Spicer’s wife, Holly, is a teacher at Sandy Hill Ele­men­tary School. The cou­ple has a daugh­ter, So­phie, who will turn three years of age on Nov. 2. Spicer him­self will turn 40 on Nov. 2. “I can never for­get her birth­day, or mine,” he said with a chuckle.

The Mary­land Soy­bean Board ad­min­is­ters soy­bean check­off funds for soy­bean research, mar­ket­ing and ed­u­ca­tion programs in the state. One­half of the check­off funds stay in Mary­land for programs; the other half is sent to the United Soy­bean Board.

In Mary­land, farm­ers grow about a half a mil­lion acres of soy­beans, pro­duc­ing more than 20 mil­lion bushels of beans each year. With a value of $173 mil­lion to the state’s econ­omy, soy­beans are one of Mary­land’s top crops. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Mary­land Soy­bean Board, visit www.md­soy.com.

About Mary­land Soy­bean Board: The Mary­land Soy­bean Board ad­min­is­ters soy­bean check­off funds for soy­bean research, mar­ket­ing and ed­u­ca­tion programs in the state. One-half of the check­off funds stay in Mary­land for programs; the other half is sent to the United Soy­bean Board. To learn more about the Mary­land Soy­bean Board, visit www.md­soy.com.

JA­SON SPICER

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