Roberts County soybean producer honored with Dedicated & Distinguished award by SD Soybean Association

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Peever, S.D., farmer Bob Metz was recognized by the South Dakota Soybean Association for his dedication, leadership and service with the 2020 Dedicated and Distinguished Award.

“Bob is admired for his tireless devotion to the soybean industry,” said Jerry Schmitz, Executive Director of South Dakota Soybean Association & South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. “Bob has enthusiastically advocated for soybean farmers at the state, national and international levels.”

A fifth-generation farmer, Metz and his wife Karen farm with their sons, Justin and Joshua and son-in-law Steve DeSpiegler. They raise 3,000 acres of soybeans and 3,000 acres of corn.

Throughout his farming career, Metz dedicated significant time and energy to advocating for soybean farmers and the agriculture industry.

Metz is past president of the American Soybean Association and served in many other significant roles including vice president, first vice president and chairman of the Public Affairs Committee. He also served as a member of several American Soybean Association Committees including those on Public Affairs & Audit, Trade Policy & International Affairs, Finance, Public Affairs and Investment.

Metz also represented the American Soybean Association on the International Oilseed Producers Dialogue and the United States Soybean and Export Council. He served as chairman of the American Oilseed Coalition.

In 2005, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman announced Metz’s appointment to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade in Grains, Feed and Oilseeds. He also served on advisory boards to the Chicago Board of Trade and the Monsanto Corporation. Metz served the South Dakota Soybean Association as President in 1998 and vice president in 1997. He also served 11 years on the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

From 2001-2004 Metz served as chairman of the National Biodiesel Board and served as a governance board member. He also served as president of the Northern Growers Ethanol Board.

Metz served on the United Soybean Board for nine years and the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council. “It has been a great honor to represent South Dakota agriculture at the state, national and international levels. Serving is a long-standing tradition in my family."

We have always had the belief that you must give back to your community, church and profession,” Metz said. “American agriculture is made up of amazing individuals. We must be active in telling our story to the world. We need to understand, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”’

Bob Metz