Hemmes Reappointed as United Soybean Board Director

Hampton, Iowa farmer and Iowa Soybean Association District 2 director, April Hemmes, has been reappointed to a three-year term on the United Soybean Board (USB).

Seventy-three farmer-directors from across the country serve soybean farmers as USB directors. They direct soybean checkoff funds to research, marketing and promotional efforts that maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. USB directors aim to develop new and existing markets for U.S. soy, specifically in the areas of meal, oil and sustainability.

 “I’m very honored and privileged to represent Iowa for another three years,” said Hemmes. “I look forward to opening new markets and finding new uses for soybeans both domestically and abroad.”

She was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and will be sworn in at the annual USB meeting in St. Louis in December.

Hemmes was first elected to the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors in 2015 has been farming for more than thirty years, managing a corn, soybean and hay operation in Franklin County.

Funded by the soybean checkoff

The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) develops policies and programs that help Iowa’s more than 40,000 soybean farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The association was founded in 1964 and is governed by an elected volunteer board of 22 farmers. It strives to be honest and transparent, fact-based and data driven and committed to environmental stewardship, collaborations and partnerships.