ST. LOUIS — American Soybean Association (ASA) President John Heisdorffer confirmed 14 fellow soybean growers from across the nation to lead the ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program Committee in 2018-19.

“Service on the ASA/WISHH Program Committee benefits all U.S. soybean growers by connecting trade and development in countries that have some of the fastest-growing populations in the world,” Heisdorffer said.

2018-19 officers are: Chairman Daryl Cates (IL), Vice Chair Gerry Hayden (KY)), Treasurer Jim Wilson (MI), and Secretary Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare (IL). New WISHH Committee Members include: Craig Converse (SD), David Lueck (MO), and Craig Williams (IN).

Tim Bardole (IA), Daryl Cates (IL), Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare (IL), Kurt Maurath (KS) and Dawn Scheier (SD) are returning for additional terms on the WISHH Committee. They join existing Members: Gerry Hayden (ASA-KY), Bill Wykes (IL), Jim Wilson (MI) Matt Gast (ND), George Goblish (MN), and Jeff Magyar (OH). David Williams (USB-MI) and Ed Beaman (U.S. Soybean Export Council) serve as ex-officio representatives to ASA/WISHH.

Heisdorffer also praised the leadership of outgoing Committee Members Stan Born (IL) Ryan Cahoon (NC), Levi Huffman (IN), and Thomas Kentner (IL), Steve Reinhard (OH) and Jeff Lynn (IL).

ASA/WISHH connects trade and development. As a trailblazer for trade, WISHH grows markets for U.S. soy farmers, and at the same time, improves lives and economic opportunities in developing countries. WISHH works with international companies and organizations that purchase U.S. soy. These buyers invest thousands of their own dollars to research and promote soy-based foods and feeds made with U.S. soy in emerging markets. Over the last five years, WISHH leveraged soybean farmer checkoff investments by a ratio of more than 6-1.

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