The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appointed two Iowa soybean farmers to serve as directors on the United Soybean Board. Robb Ewoldt of Davenport and Brent Renner of Klemme will join the board of 77 farmer directors from across the country; five representing Iowa. (Photo: Iowa Soybean Association)
Iowa Farmers Appointed to United Soybean Board Leadership
December 1, 2022 | Brock Johnston
Ankeny, Iowa – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed two Iowa soybean farmers to serve as directors on the United Soybean Board (USB). Farmer leadership directly represent all U.S. soybean growers with oversight of national soybean checkoff dollars that support research, market development and promotional efforts to boost farmer profitability and opportunities.
Robb Ewoldt of Davenport and Brent Renner of Klemme will join the board of 77 farmer directors from across the country; five representing Iowa. They will accept their appointments at a confirmation hearing in December.
“USB directors play an important role in managing checkoff dollars,” said Ewoldt, who completed his Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) presidency in September. “Serving as ISA president helped me recognize how important representation is, especially in the decision-making process of allocating these funds.”
Ewoldt will complete a three-year term, while Renner’s one-year appointment fills a vacancy left by the passing of former USB director Tom Oswald of Cleghorn earlier this year. Renner has served on the ISA board since 2017.
“It’s an honor to represent soybean farmers through this appointment and see up close how these investments are bringing real value to our industry and to every farmer,” said Renner.
Ewoldt and Renner join April Hemmes, Hampton; Lindsay Greiner, Keota; and Tim Bardole, Rippey, as Iowa soybean farmers serving as USB directors.
Funded by the soybean checkoff
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.