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Soybean Council

County Agent News
Dan Folske
November 6, 2017 

Soybean Council

            The ND Soybean Council is funded by checkoff funds from the sale of each bushel of soybeans produced and sold in North Dakota. If you are a soybean producer, you are contributing to those funds and you have a voice in how they are spent. Your voice comes through the election of a county representative to the council. As a producer you are eligible to vote in the election of a county representative or to serve as a county representative by being elected through that process.  

            The biggest difficulty in this process is identifying who you are. Even though you may sell soybeans and have checkoff funds deducted from your check, your identity and mailing address is not revealed to the Soybean Council through that process. If you would like to vote or serve on the council you need to let the Council know that you are a producer and would like to be added to their mailing list.

            If you would like to get on their mailing list for the elections and also for other information they may share throughout the year like educational producer meetings and tours you can contact me at the Burke County Extension Office in Bowbells at 701-377-2927, email me at dan.folske@ndsu.edu, text me at 701-339-1133 or stop by the office in the Burke County Courthouse.  You may also email Kathy Wiltse, Administrative Assistant at the ND Soybean Council kwiltse@ndsoybean.org


How do the Elections Work?

The process is conducted by mail ballot. Soybean farmers who reside in counties that are up for election in 2018 will receive instructions regarding NDSC’s election process via mail after January 1.

Roles and Responsibilities of the NDSC County Representatives

  • While there are no regularly scheduled meetings for county representatives to attend, there are many opportunities to serve that do not require a large investment of time or travel. Examples of ways to serve include:
    • Participate in soybean producer outreach efforts – provide feedback on programs and initiatives the Council is interested in pursuing.
    • Provide input to establishing the NDSC’s research priorities for the year
    • Attend at least one meeting a year with the Council board and staff to become more familiar with the work of the Council
    • Attend the annual Soybean Expo to be recognized
    • Participate in the Council and United Soybean Board director election process
    • Attend Council sponsored events and producer education meetings as able
    • Attend a County Representatives orientation session to learn about the work of the Council
    • Help promote, educate and communicate the work of the Council to producers in their counties
    • Communicate issues of concern regarding the soybean industry or the Council to the Council
    • Inform the Council of new soybean producers in their area who we may not have on our mailing list

Roles and Responsibilities of NDSC District Representatives

  • Elected county representatives move on to a district election, where a district representative is elected to serve on the NDSC Board of Directors. Responsibilities for NDSC board members include, but are not limited to:
    • Attending at least four board meetings a year that are held in Fargo.
    • If assigned to participate on a board committee, attending all scheduled committee meetings.
    • If appointed by the board to represent NDSC on outside boards or committees, attending all scheduled meetings at the NDSC’s expense.
  • Attending/participating in educational and leadership opportunities sponsored by the NDSC.

Areas of Focus for the Soybean Industry

As an elected representative to NDSC, you will help guide the North Dakota soybean industry in the areas of domestic and international marketing, research, transportation, producer education/communications and consumer awareness.



Next week I will provide more information about the activities of the ND Soybean Council. You can also find more information on their website at http://ndsoybean.org/

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