USB Welcomes Nominations of Individuals or Organizations Worthy of Recognition
ST. LOUIS – The United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff currently seek nominations for USB’s 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award and the 2010 Excellence in International Marketing Award.
The USB Outstanding Achievement Award represents the most prestigious form of recognition of service to U.S. soybean farmers bestowed by USB. The soybean checkoff honors an individual, organization or group that has made an outstanding overall positive impact on the U.S. soybean industry and the soybean checkoff.
The USB Excellence Award recognizes outstanding U.S. soy accomplishments and rotates among USB’s five program areas. USB chooses to annually recognize one excellence award recipient. This year, USB will consider nominees and present an award for excellence in the soybean checkoff’s efforts toward increasing international market demand for U.S. soy.
Last year, scientist Sevim Erhan, Ph.D., won the USB Outstanding Achievement Award. Dr. Erhan’s research expanded the markets for soybean oil in the areas of soy-based printing inks, hydraulic fluids and soy-based composites. USB’s Excellence Award last year acknowledged achievements in domestic marketing, recognizing Richard Galloway of Galloway and Associates LLC, a business consulting firm serving domestic and foreign agricultural processing, vegetable oil refining and grain handling industries. He won the USB Excellence in Domestic Marketing Award for his work on major soybean checkoff initiatives, such as efforts to improve the quality of U.S. soybeans and contributions toward the success of QUALISOY.
“The soybean checkoff is proud to recognize these remarkable achievements,” says Vanessa Kummer, chair of USB’s communications program and a soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D. “The award winners undeniably have made a lasting impact for U.S. soybean farmers and the rest of the U.S. soybean industry. Dr. Erhan holds six United States patents on printing inks. Many of her discoveries are licensed to major U.S. corporations and are indicative of the impact of her work on the U.S. soybean industry. Richard Galloway has been instrumental in USB’s efforts to bring improved, healthier soy oils to the market.”
Individuals, groups, media representatives and others can nominate individuals or organizations deemed worthy of recognition. The USB awards will be presented at the 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla.
USB will accept nominations until November 29. For a nomination form, visit www.unitedsoybean.org
or contact Katie Holjevic, Osborn & Barr Communications, 888-235-4332, ext. 1961.
Nominations can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:
USB Awards Program
c/o Osborn & Barr Communications
Attn.: Katie Holjevic
914 Spruce Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
USB is made up of 68 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.