John Motter, a Jenera farmer, was recently appointed to the executive committee of the United Soybean Board, the national organization that uses farmer contributions to market and promote research and development of soybeans and soy products.
He was also appointed chairman of the organization’s Customer Focus Action Team, which deals with the relationship and needs of farmers, processors and buyers in the United States and overseas.
About 57 percent of the U.S. soybean crop is exported, he said. As a result, the committee also is looking at the federal export strategy.
In 2013, there were an estimated 75.8 million acres of soybeans harvested in the U.S., while in Ohio there were 4.43 million acres harvested, according to national agriculture statistics from the federal Department of Agriculture.
This is the first year Motter will serve on the soybean board’s executive committee. He has been on the board of directors for five years.
He also has served on the Ohio Soybean Council board for 10 years, where he is currently past board chairman after a two-year term as chairman.
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