Dodson, Bob Metz of Browns Valley, Minn.; Darryl Brinkman from Carlyle, Ill.; and Gary Joachim from Claremont, Minn., were named vice presidents during the ASA’s summer board of directors meeting in St. Louis.

Board members confirmed Ron Heck from Perry, Iowa, as the new president of the organization and Dwain Ford of Kinmundy, Ill., as chairman. They also elected Neal Bredehoft from Alma, Mo., to serve as first vice president, an office that puts him in line to be ASA president next year.

Also elected were Corwin Fee from Knoxville, Iowa, as secretary, and Rick Ostlie from Northwood, N.D., as treasurer. All of those named form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee that oversees the operations of the organization.

“U.S. soybeans must be competitive in the global marketplace,” said Heck, in an interview after the meeting. “It is in our country’s best interest that the United States negotiate trade agreements favorable to U.S. agriculture, guard against unfair and illegal trade practices that disadvantage U.S. producers and appropriate funding for lock and dam improvements along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to modernize our transportation infrastructure.”

e-mail: flaws@primediabusiness.com