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New NC Soybean Producers President Speaks to Allocation of Checkoff Dollars

Bernard Lennon, Columbus County farmer is the newly minted president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, and as such hosted the annual meeting last week at the Southern Farm Show. Lennon speaks of what he sees for North Carolina soybean production in the next couple of years:

“We had a higher yield this year and the check off money is more money than we have ever had before. We do take it very serious how we use this money. Its very possible that we need to be doing something with this that we are not now doing. We will consider this idea of what we need to be doing with the check off money.

I really don’t have an agenda myself for where the funds should go. We will be meeting as an executive committee in late Feb. I expect some productive ideas out of our group. 

Resistant weed issues are at the top of many producers list and it is with us as well. That is why we are initiating the weed free program that will take work and cooperation with a lot of people to make it work. Some say the “Weed Free NC” program is almost impossible but I do know from experience that if we zero in on one weed at a time it can be done.”

Bernard Lennon, President of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association. For more of our coverage of the Annual NC Soybean producers meeting and the Southern Farm Show, including pictures and interviews with exhibitors, click here is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.