Of­fi­cers elected to Md. Soy­bean Board

The Star Democrat - - BUSINESS & FINANCIAL -

SAL­IS­BURY — Travis Hutchi­son of Cor­dova, Md., has been elected chair­man of the Mary­land Soy­bean Board. Hutchi­son suc­ceeds Wil­liam Layton, who has re­tired from the statewide board af­ter reach­ing the term lim­its.

Brian John­son of Westover was elected vice chair­man and Danny Saathoff of Den­ton was elected trea­surer at the board’s Au­gust meet­ing. The direc­tors of­fi­cially as­sumed their du­ties Oct. 1.

Ten farmer-direc­tors vol­un­teer their time on the Mary­land Soy­bean Board, which ad­min­is­ters soy­bean check­off funds for soy­bean re­search, mar­ket­ing and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams in the state. Hutchi­son, John­son and Saathoff are joined by Alan Hud­son of Ber­lin, Randy Stabler of Brookeville, Linda Bur­rier of Union Bridge, Joshua Ap­pen­zeller of Milling­ton, Bill Lan­gen­felder of Worton, Jef­frey Griffith of Loth­ian and Ja­son Spicer of Church Creek.

April Cheesman of Per­due Farms Inc.; Jim Lewis of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice and Mark Pow­ell of the Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture serve as ex-of­fi­cio mem­bers.

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.

The check­off pro­gram is funded by farm­ers through an assess­ment of one-half of one per­cent of the net mar­ket value of their soy­beans at the first point of sale. One-half of the check­off funds stay in Mary­land for pro­grams; the other half is sent to the United 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.md soy.com.

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