Nebraska Soybean Board Hosts its First ASA/WISHH International Trade Team

What: Soyfood company leaders from Sri Lanka and Ghana will participate in the first Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB)-hosted trade team with the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH). To provide insight into the quality of U.S. soy and new ways to use soy, the four Asian and one West African food company representatives will tour NSB Chairman Doug Saathoff’s farm at Trumbull and an Ag Processing Inc. processing plant before participating in University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Processing Center Extrusion Workshop. WISHH is using U.S. Department of Agriculture Emerging Markets Program and Market Access Program funding to support the trade team.

Who: Media availability with:

  • NSB Chairman Doug Saathoff (at Monday’s farm tour)
  • ASA/WISHH’s representative in Sri Lanka who can share why the trade team is important to these South Asian food companies’ innovation and growth strategies that include soy protein for cereals and snacks.
  • CEO of a West African food company and WISHH strategic partner who uses soy protein to make nutritious fortified foods. Collaboration with WISHH contributed to him expanding the company to also produce poultry and other animal feeds made with soy. Background video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjsrpejW7_I&t=222s

When: Monday, May 16 (farm tour) – Friday, May 20, 2022

Where:

  • Media are invited to Doug Saathoff farm tour
    • Monday, May 16 – 11:00 AM – 5050 E. Lochland Rd. Trumbull, NE
  • Media are also invited to The Food Processing Center – Room 111
    • Wednesday, May 18 – 2:30 PM – 1901 North 21 Street Lincoln, NE
    • Media will be allowed onto the Pilot Lab floor for photo and video of extrusion process  

Contacts:

  • NSB–Tom Hoxmeier—308-991-3629
  • ASA/WISHH– Charlie Townsend—334-991-0021

WISHH connects trade and development across global market systems, improving food security. Knowing that protein plays an essential role in human nutrition, visionary U.S. soybean growers founded WISHH in 2000 to serve as a catalyst in emerging markets. WISHH brings the power of strategic partnerships to a unique market-systems approach. Local business leaders, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions join WISHH in increasing demand and fueling economic growth for the sustained availability of nutritious and affordable human foods and livestock feeds

Learn more about WISHH at: www.wishh.org/

NSB accepting applications for Research & Extension Coordinator

Description

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) is a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The soybean checkoff program was created as a part of the 1990 Farm Bill in order to maximize profit opportunities for soybean farmers. NSB staff is tasked with carrying out projects passed by the nine members of the board in the areas of communications, domestic marketing, education, international marketing, and research.

The mission of the Nebraska Soybean Board is growing value for Nebraska farmers by maximizing their checkoff investments.

Job Description

The Research & Extension Coordinator’s main responsibility is to implement a strategic soybean research and farmer support program to improve Nebraska soybean farmer profitability. This position will work closely with Nebraska research institutions, national and regional research groups, and the agricultural industry. This position is responsible for seeking projects that align with the NSB strategic plan and mission, maintaining the research budget, and supporting the work of the NSB board of directors.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate program/project development, contract development and compliance, budget preparation, and program/project evaluation. Identify, analyze, and communicate timely and relevant research information that impacts NE soybean producer profitability.
  • Liaising with the NSB board, research committee, and staff to manage strategic investments in research projects and determine long-term research priorities.
  • Facilitate the annual research grant process and implement the research objectives outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Maintain effective relationships with ag organizations, universities, and related ag businesses interested in researching soybeans and soy products. Attend regular industry meetings or meetings of external organizations of which the Nebraska Soybean Board is a member.
  • Soliciting grower input continuingly and representing those interests with researchers, extension personnel, industry colleagues, external stakeholders, and regional/national counterparts.
  • Serve as NSB subject matter expert on applied agronomic research.
  • Support the NSB’s Production and Crop Research Committee in setting long-term research priorities and gauging the success of funded projects.
  • Researching and promoting agricultural strategies to counter the effects of changes in soil, climate, weather, and pest damage.
  • This position requires frequent travel throughout the state and occasionally may require an overnight stay.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Computer skills critical thinking, prioritization, organization, analytical and planning skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in crop/weed science, soil science, plant breeding, plant pathology, entomology, or other closely related agriculture fields; plus 3 years of agriculture work experience.
  • Working knowledge of the soybean industry.
  • Working knowledge of the land grant university system (particularly related to agricultural research and extension).
  • Work experience developing and managing budgets and contracts.
  • Work experience making presentations to groups, including boards.
  • Work experience establishing and maintaining working relationships with a variety of people, including co-workers, farmers, agribusinesses, universities, and researchers.

Benefits
The Nebraska Soybean Board offers a variety of employee benefits including the following:

  • Employee stipend
  • Short & Long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • A match of up to four (4) percent on company 401(k) plan.
  • Up to 12 paid holidays each year
  • Three weeks of paid vacation per year, for the first five (5) years

If you are interested in the position, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Scott Ritzman at scott@nebraskasoybeans.org by May 16th, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Scott at (402) 432-5720.

NSB seeks project proposals for FY23 funding cycle

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) is now accepting proposals for FY23 which strategically align with these four initiative areas: Farmer Support, Production & Crop Research, Community Engagement and Demand & Utilization. The FY23 fiscal year starts October 1, 2022 and ends September 30, 2023.

All project plans should address opportunities for education, research or growing demand for soy, and benefit all Nebraska soybean farmers. More details on the NSB proposal process, including timelines, initiative areas and strategic plan documents can be viewed here: https://nebraskasoybeans.org/fy23-funding-proposals.

“The Nebraska Soybean Board continues to look into opportunities to grow demand for soybeans and added value for Nebraska producers,” said NSB executive director, Scott Ritzman. “This year is exciting as we roll out a new strategic plan and roadmap that works towards accomplishing our mission of growing value for Nebraska farmers by maximizing their checkoff investments.”

For over thirty years, NSB has dedicated soybean checkoff funds to support Nebraska soybean farmers and the industry as a whole. Previously funded work includes research and promotion of biodiesel, increased exports of red meats, bolstering value of exports through the Pacific Northwest, and education projects focused on the importance of soybeans in Nebraska agriculture.

“If you have an innovative idea that aligns with our goals, we encourage you to join us,” said NSB chairman, Doug Saathoff. “It really takes a team to create opportunities for Nebraska soybean farmers and that is a team I am proud to be a part of.”

Proposals will be evaluated on their effectiveness at addressing the needs of Nebraska soybean farmers and the overall alignment with NSB’s current strategic plan.

Proposals are due no later than May 13, 2022. To access the proposal form, please visit: https://nebraskasoybeans.org/fy23-funding-proposals.

Additional questions can be directed at Scott Ritzman at 402-441-3240 or scott@nebraskasoybeans.org.

About the Nebraska Soybean Board: The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one-half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

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NSB accepting applications for Demand & Utilization Coordinator

Description

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) is a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The soybean checkoff program was created as a part of the 1990 Farm Bill in order to maximize profit opportunities for soybean farmers. NSB staff is tasked with carrying out projects passed by the nine members of the board in the areas of farmer support, production & crop research, community engagement and demand & utilization. NSB engages with the industry on behalf of Nebraska soybean farmers to maximize utilization of Nebraska soybeans in the feed, energy, industrial and food markets.

NSB Mission: Growing value for Nebraska farmers by maximizing their checkoff investments.

Job Description
Demand & Utilization Coordinator is responsible for establishing domestic and international demand development strategies for NSB. This position includes, but is not limited to, soybean new uses and technologies, biodiesel utilization, specialty soybean market growth, infrastructure logistics, maintaining existing soybean markets and developing new emerging markets for soybeans internationally.

Essential Functions

  • Work with domestic and international market development industry leaders to establish goals and create a workable plan for NSB’s demand & utilization activities.
  • Evaluate programs and gather feedback from key market audiences to help determine future marketing program direction.
  • Responsible for managing all international marketing and transportation activities, ensuring objectives and expectations are accomplished, projects are conducted within budget, and project deadlines are met.
  • Develop projects that increase exports of Nebraska soybeans and promote international trade.
  • Plan, manage and conduct export market development trips to key markets for Nebraska soybeans and soy-based products.
  • Serve as NSB staff lead for national export promotion organizations, including US Soybean Export Council, US Meat Export Federation, USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, Clean Fuels Alliance America, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, and others.
  • Represent NSB at state and national conferences and trade shows focused on soybean and agricultural exports.
  • Identify and recruit farmer leaders to participate in domestic and international programs.
  • Collaborate with state and national livestock organizations to promote exports of Nebraska and US meat and poultry products.
  • This position requires a significant amount of travel both domestically and international.
  • Review project proposals and make recommendations to the Executive Director and board leadership. Report to the Executive Director and board on status and results of projects. Prepare and present project and program updates to NSB Board and other audiences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Computer skills critical thinking, prioritization, organization, analytical and planning skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, agriculture, communications, or another field related to the position’s duties or at least (4) years’ work experience marketing an agriculture product or service domestically or internationally.
  • Working knowledge of the soybean industry.
  • Work experience marketing with soybean products domestically and internationally.
  • Experience working with contractors, and other state and national organizations in promoting soybeans or other agricultural commodities to potential domestic and international buyers.
  • Work experience with developing and managing budgets and contracts.
  • Work experience with making presentations to groups including boards.
  • Work experience with establishing and maintaining working relationships with a variety of people including co-workers, producers, agribusinesses, boards, and contractors.
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Office.

Benefits
The Nebraska Soybean Board offers a variety of employee benefits including the following:

  • Employee stipend
  • Short & Long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • A match of up to four (4) percent on company 401(k) plan.
  • Up to 12 paid holidays each year
  • Three weeks of paid vacation per year, for the first five (5) years

If you are interested in the position, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Scott Ritzman at scott@nebraskasoybeans.org by April 15th, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Scott at (402) 432-5720.

Road safety campaign aims to keep farmers safe

Creative tools available to help farmers and farm-employees take to the road safely.

Aiding U.S. farmers in getting home safely to their families every night is a priority for your soy checkoff. While farming may be one of the most rewarding occupations, it’s also one of the most dangerous. With the support of the United Soybean Board and state soy organizations, including the Nebraska Soybean Board, the Maryland Soybean Board developed the Find Me Driving “Road Safety” campaign, aimed to raise motorists’ awareness of farm equipment drivers on the roads during the spring, summer and fall. The campaign also offers farmers tools for best practices in driving slow moving vehicles (SMVs) on roadways. Through the campaign, various resources — such as training videos, safety posters and window clings for your tractor and combine — were developed to help keep farmers and others safe on the road.

“Farmers driving SMVs can do so much to raise awareness of their presence on the road to other faster-moving vehicles,” said Anne Meis, Chair of the Nebraska Soybean Board Education and Communication Committee. “It comes down to operational best practices when moving farm equipment from one location to another, and each farm equipment driver should follow the safety tips available from this campaign to help ensure their safety and the safety of others.”

One particular asset created for the campaign is the road safety window cling, which took home a regional first place “Best of NAMA” award this year. The National Agri-Marketing Association’s awards program honors the best work in agricultural communications. Placed in the cab of a slow-moving vehicle, the cling reminds drivers of basic safety checks to make before driving on a public road:

  • Reflective materials and SMV emblem are displayed and clean.
  • Brake pedals are locked together for even stops.
  • Required lights and warning flashers are on; turn off rear facing work lights.
  • Mirrors are clean and adjusted for clear views.
  • Tires are at the maximum recommended pressure and wheel bolts are tight.
  • Route conditions are clear of road construction, bad weather and accidents.

“We encourage all farm organizations to promote the road safety campaign tools with their farmers and share the road safety information with their non-farming neighbors driving the same rural roads with our farm equipment,” concluded Meis.

The Find Me Driving campaign website has a collection of safety-related resources for general motorists and SMV drivers including checklists, training videos, driving statistics and tips, and safety articles.

Nebraska Soybean Board to meet

The Nebraska Soybean Board will hold its next meeting on March 22-23, 2022 at the Embassy Suites located at 1040 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Among conducting regular business, the Board will review FY23 research proposals and other new opportunities. The Board will also participate in strategic planning to create new goals and tactics for the upcoming years. The meeting is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for public discussion. The complete agenda for the meeting is available for inspection on the Nebraska Soybean Board website at www.nebraskasoybeans.org

About the Nebraska Soybean Board: The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one-half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

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Nebraska soybean farmers encouraged to apply for candidacy

This year, the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) will be seeking soybean farmers to represent fellow soybean farmers and the industry in Districts 2, 4 and 8. The candidacy petition period began on December 1 and concludes on April 15.

The following districts are up for election this year:

District 2: Counties of Burt, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne

District 4: Counties of Boone, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk and York

District 8: Counties of Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Brown, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Greeley, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Howard, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Rock, Scottsbluff, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thomas, Valley and Wheeler

“Being on the Board is a great way for you to represent soybean farmers in your district and help make their voice heard,” said Doug Saathoff, chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board. “The future of the soybean industry is really exciting and I would encourage soybean farmers in an open district to run and continue to make that future even brighter.”

Qualified candidates include those who are a resident of Nebraska, are at least 21 years old, reside in the district where election is being held, have been a soybean farmer in Nebraska for at least the previous five years and have submitted a NSB candidacy petition. The election is conducted by mail-in ballot in July for District 2, 4 and 8. Soybean farmers who reside in counties that are up for election will receive ballots and candidate information regarding NSB’s election process via direct mail.

To apply for candidacy in District 2, 4 or 8 you must:

  • Obtain a NSB candidacy petition by contacting NSB’s executive director, Scott Ritzman, at 402-432-5720 or scott@nebraskasoybeans.org
  • Complete the petition and collect the signatures of 50 soybean farmers in their district
  • Return such petition to the NSB office on or before April 15, 2022

Roles and responsibilities for soybean board member representative:

  • Attend every NSB meeting – 8-day fiscal year commitment
  • Attend/participate in other educational events sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board
  • Reimbursed for the expenses incurred carrying out board business
  • Serve a three-year term that would begin October 1, 2022

About the Nebraska Soybean Board: The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one-half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

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Producers urged to work with county Farm Service Agency offices on program enrollment

Producers Urged to Work with County Farm Service Agency Offices Now on ARC/PLC Program Election and Enrollment

The Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is asking producers to work with their county FSA offices as soon as possible to finalize elections and enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2022 production season.

The program election and enrollment deadline is March 15, but county FSA offices need producer engagement immediately to ensure timely service for all. Producers who complete the process now will be allowed to make changes, if so desired, at any point ahead of the application deadline in March.

ARC and PLC are the main commodity crop safety net programs, providing support to help mitigate fluctuations in either revenue or prices for certain crops. Producers can elect coverage and enroll in ARC-CO or PLC, which are both crop-by-crop, or ARC-IC, which is for the entire farm. Although program election changes for 2022 are optional, producers must enroll through a signed contract each year. Also, if a producer has a multi-year contract on the farm and makes an election change for 2022 or has a change to producers or shares on the farm, it will be necessary to sign a new contract.

If an election is not submitted by the deadline of March 15, 2022, the election remains the same as the 2021 election for crops on the farm.

Farm owners cannot enroll in either program unless they have a share interest in the farm.

Producers interested in an ARC/PLC program outlook for 2022 should visit fsa.usda.gov/ne and click on the link to the Center for Agricultural Profitability webinar under the first spotlight story.

 To learn more or schedule an ARC/PLC election and enrollment appointment, contact your county FSA office. To find contact information for the nearest office, visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

Western Region Soybean Board seeks soybean farmers interested in United Soybean Board nomination

The Western Region Soybean Board (WRSB) is looking for soybean farmers interested in filling its one director seat on the United Soybean Board (USB), for a three-year term.

“This is a great opportunity to get involved with your soy checkoff and work toward the common goal of increasing return on investment for all U.S. soybean farmers,” said Scott Ritzman, WRSB Executive Director. “Representing soybean farmers across these 11 western states is also a unique opportunity within this great national program.”

USB is made up of 78 volunteer farmer-leaders who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Soybean farmers make individual checkoff contributions of 0.5% of the market price per bushel each season. Half of that contribution goes toward the national checkoff — USB — and the other half goes toward WRSB. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of meal, oil and sustainability, focusing on programs and partnerships that drive demand and preference for U.S. soy. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.

WRSB invests soybean checkoff dollars from producers in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

All checkoff paying soybean producers in the western region are eligible to apply.

To be considered for the national leadership position, interested farmers need to submit a USDA Background Information Form before the March 17, 2022, deadline. To obtain this form, contact Scott Ritzman at 402-432-5720 or scott@nebraskasoybeans.org.

The USDA has a policy that membership on USDA boards and committees is open to all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and martial or family status. The chosen individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three consecutive terms.

For more information about the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org

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