On Jan. 15, 2021, the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association Board of Directors elected new officers and executive committee members to represent the Association during a socially distanced meeting. David Heath of Dover, N.C. was elected President of the Association. “I humbled and honored to serve as President of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, especially, during such a transitional time that all of agriculture is facing. As an Association we hope to implement new programs that help soybean farmers in N.C. achieve the highest yields possible, educate the public about the importance of agriculture, and continue to advocate for the North Carolina farmer,” said Heath.
Gary Hendrix of Raeford N.C. was elected Vice President, and Philip Sloop of Mount Ulla, N.C. was elected Secretary of the Association. Former board President, Jeff Tyson of Nashville, N.C., transitioned into the role of Treasurer. The Board elected four additional Directors to the Executive Committee: Trey Liverman of Columbia, N.C.; Forrest Howell of Pantego, N.C.; Reggie Baker of Monroe, N.C.; Adrian Locklear of Maxton, N.C.
Earlier that day, during the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association 54th Annual Meeting, soybean growers from across the state elected the following growers to their first term on the Board of Directors:
- Brandon Batten: Johnston
- Keith Caldwell: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancey
- Andy Corriher: Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Davidson, Iredell, Lincoln, Randolph, Rowan
- Terry Hoffner: Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Davidson, Iredell, Lincoln, Randolph, Rowan
- Beth Taylor: Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash
During the Annual Meeting, N.C. soybean producers also re-elected the following soybean growers for their second term:
- Trey Liverman: Bertie, Chowan, Dare, Tyrrell, Washington
- Reggie Baker: Gaston, Mecklenburg, Union
- Andy Bland: Carteret. Craven, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico
- Aaron Kirk: Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes
Directors are eligible to serve two consecutive, three-year terms and are responsible for overseeing the research, marketing, and communications work of the Association, as well as the Association’s advocacy work on behalf of soybean farmers.