The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appointed two Iowa soybean farmers to serve as directors on the United Soybean Board. Tom Oswald of Cleghorn and Tim Bardole of Rippey will join the board of 73 farmer directors from across the country; four representing Iowa. (Photos: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)
Iowa Farmers Appointed to United Soybean Board
October 28, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed two Iowa soybean farmers to serve as directors on the United Soybean Board (USB).
Tom Oswald of Cleghorn (bottom left photo) and Tim Bardole of Rippey (top right photo) will join the board of 73 farmer directors from across the country; four representing Iowa. They will accept their appointments at the confirmation hearing in December.
“USB directors play an important role in managing checkoff dollars,” said Bardole, who completed his Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) presidency in September. “Serving as ISA President helped me recognize how important representation is, especially when it comes to being a steward of these funds.”
Bardole and Oswald will play a critical role in overseeing the proper implementation of soybean checkoff funding to support research, market development and promotional efforts maximizing profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers.
“It’s an honor to continue representing soybean farmers through this reappointment,” said Oswald, who has served as a USB director since 2014. “It’s important farmers know who represents them and I encourage soybean farmers to reach out to any of us serving to see how we’re putting checkoff dollars to use.”
Oswald also served as ISA President in 2014. His USB confirmation in December will commence his last term as a national director.
“I’ve seen firsthand the value the soybean checkoff brings to the industry and to every farmer,” he added. “It is a privilege to play a role in the management of these dollars and see up close the many ways the checkoff lends support to new soybean uses that improve our market demand.”
Bardole and Oswald join April Hemmes of Hampton and Lindsay Greiner of Keota as Iowa soybean farmers serving as USB directors.
The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 12,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.