The logo was developed by a committee of the board working in cooperation with Ed Rhodes, an artist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, which donated technology as well as staff time to the project.
There is a four-color version of the logo as well as the black and white one shown here. One of the versions will be used on all stationery and publications produced by the board. It is hoped Arkansas soybean producers will associate the logo with producer-funded programs and activities.
* Designates representatives on the United Soybean Board
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Ford, a member of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, was named to his first three-year term on the USB. He replaces Joe Kirksey, Mulberry, whose term had expired and who asked not to be reappointed. Ford will join Paul McCutchen, Parkin, and Bryan Moery, Wynne, who are the other two representatives from Arkansas on the USB.
The United Soybean Board is the farmer-run organization established through enabling legislation contained d in the 1990 farm bill to administer soybean checkofffunds. One-half of funds collected in Arkansas and all other soybean-producing states are forwarded to the USB to fund their national and international programs.
Mrs. Ratcliffe was nominated by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation to succeed Jack Jones, of Pottsville, whose term expired.
Mrs. Ratcliffe is a soybean and beef cattle producer from Sweet Home in Pulaski County. She will join eight other soybean producers on the board, which is responsible for administering the soybean checkoff program in Arkansas.
County Date Resource Person/Phone# ___________________________________________________________________________ St. Francis Co. Ag Expo Jan. 3 Jim Gooch / 261-1730 Tri-State Soybean Forum Jan. 5 Blair Griffin / 382-4785 AR River Valley Jan. 9 William Nelson / 354-9618 Mississippi Jan. 10 Dave Freeze / 762-2075 Woodruff Jan. 11 Eugene erhune / 347-2556 Cross Jan. 12 Rick Wimberley / 238-5745 Prairie Jan. 15 Hank Chaney / 998-2614 Jefferson Jan. 19 Kent Rorie / 534-1033 Lonoke Jan. 22 Quinton Hornsby / 676-3124 Poinsett Jan. 23 Rick Thompson / 578-4490 Clay Jan. 25 Roger Gipson / 857-6875 Arkansas Jan. 25 Phil Sims / 673-6111 Lee Jan. 26 Lazaro English / 295-7720 Jackson Jan. 39 Randy Chlapecka / 523-7450 Greene Jan. 30 Mark Brawner / 236-6921 Crittenden Jan. 30 Steve Rodery / 739-3239 4-State Ag Expo, Texarkana Feb. 8 Doug Petty / 779-3609 Clark Feb. 13 Ron Matlock / 246-2281 Phillips Feb. 14 Jerry Williams / 338-5540 N.E. AR Expo, Jonesboro Feb. 15 Steve Culp / 993-4565
This decision alters the working relationship of the USB and ASA, refining the role that each has within the soybean industry to increase the profitability of soybean producers
"I truly believe this is a win-win situation for soybean producers," says USB Chairman Barry Mumby, a producer from Fulton, Michigan.
Although this may be a change in the way of doing business for contractors, ASA and USB, change does occur in a dynamic environment. The important thing is how we adapt to the changing needs of consumers, producers and the entire soybean industry," says John Long, ASA president, a producer from Newberry, South Carolina.
Acceptance of financial report; plans for research funding for 1996-97; approval of printing of a new publication, Soybeans Today; adoption of new logo; additional funding of $5,000 for SoyDiesel demonstration project; donation of $300 to the Tri-State Soybean Forum; and setting meeting dates for 1996.
All meetings of the board are open to the public.
The United Soybean Board funded the visit, which was hosted by Cooperative Business International.
A USDA Food for Progress grant gave CBI 65,000 metric tons (more than two million bushels) of soybeans to sell to the Russian Liskinski Oil Extraction Plant and more than 10,000 metric tons of soy meal to sell in the Tver Oblast.
CBI sold the commodities for Russian rubles, which were reinvested into local agribusinesses, including loans to crop farmers and livestock producers.
Jan. 5 Tri-State Soybean Forum, Dumas
Convention Center, Dumas, Ark.
Feb. 7-9 Southern Soybean Conference, Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tenn.
March 1 ASPB Research Committee Meetings, Farm Bureau Center, Little Rock
March 14 ASPB Board Meeting, Farm Bureau Center, Little Rock, Ark.
Aug. 7 ASPB Board Meeting, (Location to Be Announced) (Tentative)
Dec. 11 ASPB Board Meeting, (Location to Be Announced)
Dec. 12 Arkansas Soybean Research Conference (Location to be Announced)
The tabloid publication, Soybeans Today, is an easy read, designed to inform producers about how their checkoff dollars are being used and the results of projects funded by the checkoff. Many of the articles in the tabloid are oriented toward research results that farmers can apply directly to their farming operation.
Soybeans Today is scheduled for mailing immediately after the end of the year and each producer on the mailing list for SOYNEWS should receive a copy. If you do not get a copy and wish one, please call the Soybean Promotion Board office at 501-228-1265.
Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
ATTN: Ewell Welch
P.O. Box 31
Little Rock, AR 72203-0031