The World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program, administered by the American Soybean Association, Tuesday announced 16 U.S. soybean growers from 11 states as WISHH committee members.
Fourteen members are returning, while two new members were appointed: Keith Roberts of Ohio and Jack Trumbo of Kentucky. Selected for committee leadership were David Iverson of South Dakota as WISHH chair, Andy Welden of Michigan as vice chair, Illinois grower Dan Farney as treasurer and Lucas Heinen of Kansas as secretary.
Additional committee members elected include Gary Berg, Ill.; Ron Bunjer, Minn.; Ryan Cahoon, N.C.; Dean Coleman, Iowa; Bret Davis, Ohio Levi Huffman, Ind.; Mike Marron, Ill.; Monica McCranie, S.D.; Joe Murphy, Ill.; and Art Wosick, N.D.
Mary Lou Smith, United Soybean Board Director, and Drew Klein of the U.S. Soybean Export Council will serve as ex-officio members of the committee.
WISHH is an organization founded in 2000 that works to promote and develop the soybean trade in 24 countries. The focus of the group for the coming year will be to continue trade development activities while also bringing soy products to developing countries.
"WISHH is a leader through more than a decade of programs that span entire supply value chains for human foods as well as livestock and aquaculture feeds. U.S. soy improves the diets as well as economic opportunities in these countries," Chairman Iverson explained.
According to ASA, developing countries could be the future of market demand for U.S. agriculture. Some figures estimate that of the billion additional mouths to be fed in the next 12 years, fewer than 5% of them will be in the high-income countries, showcasing the importance of market development programs in lower-income countries.
Also, ASA points out that income growth in developing countries is also on the rise. The middle class in developing countries is projected to increase by 160% by 2020 compared to just 15% in developed countries, according to analysis by Global Insight.
"WISHH is blazing trails to bring the benefits of benefits of U.S. soy to Africa, Asia, Central America and more," ASA President Danny Murphy said. "U.S. soy is an affordable, available, nutritious and delicious protein solution for developing country diets."