It's official. American Soybean Association's elections in early December confirmed that Steve Wellman of Syracuse is the new ASA president. Wellman was featured in a Nebraska Farmer article in the December issue on Page 8.
The ASA Board of Directors, meeting in St. Louis, Mo., also elected Alan Kemper from Lafayette, Ind., as chairman and Danny Murphy from Canton, Miss., as first vice president. Other officers elected were Randy Mann from Auburn, Ken., secretary, and Bob Henry from Robinson, Kan., treasurer. Four vice presidents were also elected--Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa; Bob Worth from Lake Benton, Minn.; Richard Wilkins from Greenwood, Del.; and Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas.
Wellman, a crop and livestock producer, had been ASA's first vice president and has been a member of the organization for nearly 30 years.
"My goals include increasing demand for soybeans and soybean products, addressing regulatory issues to keep farmers competitive globally, seeking fair farm bill provisions for growers, promoting more ag trade and continuing ASA's leadership development programs," Wellman says. "Global demand for soy has increased 145% since 1990 and it is anticipated demand will continue to increase. Policy, including a sound crop insurance program complemented by a revenue program that does not distort planting decisions, is needed to help ensure the U.S. soybean farmer can manage production and price risk while producing soybeans to meet the needs of our consumers domestically and internationally."
Wellman adds, "Membership is the foundation of ASA; policy is our focus; and the future is leadership development."
ASA represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA's advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.