Two Delta soybean growers were among a select group nominated by their farmer-led state soybean boards to three-year terms on the United Soybean Board. The selections were made at the group's recent annual meeting in St. Louis.

Terry Dulaney, Clarksdale, Miss., was selected to serve on the United Soybean Board's (USB) communications and audit and evaluation committees.

Todd Allen, West Memphis, Tenn., was appointed to the Soybean Board's new uses committee.

“It is an honor to serve on the USB communications and audit and evaluation committees,” said Dulaney.

“The accomplishments of the farmer-driven checkoff benefit all U.S. soybean farmers, and this is a volunteer duty that I take very seriously.

“It requires commitment, and it is the responsibility of all USB directors to work toward creating an environment within which U.S. soybean farmers can maximize profits.”

USB has five primary areas designed to increase utilization of U.S. soybeans: international marketing, domestic marketing, new uses development, production research and communications.

“U.S. farmers can be proud of the quality product that we produce. We have worked hard to establish a strong reputation with our customers, and we want to stay on top,” said Dulaney.

The communications committee coordinates activities with other program committees to insure communications efforts are effectively supporting the checkoff. The committee is also responsible for coordinating communications activities between USB and the state soybean boards.

The new uses committee funds research and development projects to find new uses for soybeans in five industrial markets. These markets include adhesives, coatings and inks, lubricants, plastics, and specialty chemicals.

This past year, the new uses committee funded 18 different product applications that were introduced in the marketplace, at least one in each targeted market area. Some of these products include a soy-based adhesive used by the lumber industry, a concrete stain and sealant, and a soy-based paint remover.

The new uses committee is targeting more than 30 potential industrial products for market introduction in fiscal 2002.

“We have outlined a strategic plan and created a goal of developing eight new use products and applications by 2005 that each will utilize 10 million bushels each year,” said Allen.