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Your voting guide for the Nebraska Soybean Board 2021 elections

Ballots will be going out the week of July 12 in Districts 1 and 3. Please follow the ballot instructions carefully to ensure your vote is counted. If you have not received a ballot by July 19, please call 402-564-5827 and request one.

Return ballots should be postmarked by July 30st.

The Nebraska Soybean Board is funded and led by you, its farmers. If you want your voice heard and to see your input reflected in the work NSB does, it’s important that you vote in the election for the NSB board members in July.

We strongly encourage all Nebraska soybean farmers in Districts 1 and 3 to vote and to get to know your board members once they take office. Learn more about District 1 and 3 candidates below.

Anne Meis and her husband, Jim, operate a family farm near Elgin, Nebraska, where they grow corn and soybeans and raise beef cattle. Farming has always been a way of life for Anne as she grew up on her family’s pig farm with daily hog chores.

After graduating from Briar Cliff College, Anne taught math, science and other subjects at various grade levels in Elgin schools. Eventually, she returned full-time to the farm as the operation expanded its land, irrigation, grain storage and livestock. Meis Farms strives for continuous improvement to increase soil health, conserve water and practice quality livestock care.

Anne currently serves as treasurer of the Nebraska Soybean Board and chairwoman of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action (USFRA). She is a graduate of LEAD Class 33, a 10 year 4-H Leader, a member of Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Soybean Association and was the 2016 Ag-Ceptional Woman of the Year. Anne and Jim are the proud parents of three children who are all involved in agriculture.

Comments by Anne: “As a board member, I feel a responsibility to invest your checkoff dollars in programs that will increase the demand and value of our soybeans. I dig deep into proposals for their effectiveness by asking questions, reading outside sources and reviewing past effectiveness. I have been elected as chairwoman of USFRA, which is a national farmer-led organization advancing sustainability leadership of the U.S. food and agriculture sector. I would appreciate your vote to allow me to continue serving soybean farmers in District 1 through my leadership roles at the state and national levels.”

Brandon Rosberg grew up on a farm in southwest Cedar County near Wausa, Nebraska. The family farm is 100% dry land, producing corn, soybeans, alfalfa and cow/calf production.

He attended Northeast Community College and Northwest Missouri State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 2009. After college, Brandon moved back to the Wausa/Bloomfield area and started farming ground on his own, helping his father on the family farm, as well as working in other ag-based, off-farm jobs.

Brandon’s farm consists of both no-till and minimum tillage row crop production and cow/calf production. Brandon volunteers as a fireman with the Bloomfield Fire Department and as an ambulance driver.

Comments by Brandon: “I would like the opportunity to serve on the Nebraska Soybean Board to be a voice for all soybean producers in my district and the state. I would like to see more domestic use of soybeans and soybean products here in the United States. While international trade is very important for our products and existing relationships should be maintained and newly cultivated, domestic demand would create a stronger and more consistent market for producers. I would also like to be a voice for financial discipline of producers’ checkoff dollars.”

Rebecca Kreikemeier is retired from Mid-Plains Cattle Company, which she helped run with her husband, Gary, and son for the past 31 years. They have also farmed near Bellwood for 41 years.

She has three degrees in natural science, journalism and education. She has worked as a certified financial planner and has knowledge working with accounting and insurance. She has been involved with LEAD 30, a Nebraska leadership program, and is currently serving as co-chairwoman for the Cattlemen’s Ball silent auction.

In the past few years, she has traveled to Japan with the former governor, Mike Johanns, and to China with the Broadcasters Association. It was important for her to see how we are challenged abroad to make better decisions at home.

Comments by Rebecca: “I would say my most important concern for the Nebraska Soybean Board would be how we are adapting our current practices and keeping step with the rapidly changing web-based world our farmers are confronted with. We need to look at the world through the eyes of future farmers and not abandon the commitment of excellence of our past producers.”

Ruth Ready and her husband, Sid, farm near Scribner on land that has been in Ruth’s family since it was homesteaded in 1870. They have four adult children and four grandchildren.

Ruth and Sid have a no-till operation growing soybeans, corn, alfalfa and incorporating cover crops. The cover crops are utilized by their small herd of Shorthorn cows. Ruth also raises chickens and turkeys, which along with the beef they produce, are sold directly to consumers.

Ruth has been active with CommonGround for six years and enjoys connecting with consumers to talk about food from production to plate. Ruth was also a member of LEAD 24.

Comments by Ruth: “As a member of the Nebraska Soybean Board, I look forward to helping other farmers be successful in their soybean growing and marketing efforts. The Nebraska Soybean Board has much to offer soybean producers, and I would like to help farmers utilize what is available to them. Strengthening connections with other parts of the soybean complex is also of interest to me. All parts of the soybean production, marketing and utilization chain are vital and need to be supported. I hope to be able to help provide that support as part of the Nebraska Soybean Board.”

The District 6 position on the Nebraska Soybean Board will be taken by Larry Tonniges of Utica. He ran unopposed, therefore no election will be held.

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.