The state soybean board welcomed new leaders at its annual meeting on January 16th. Jeff Peed of Aurora was elected president of the board. Jeff is a seasoned veteran of the soybean board and arrives well-prepared to lead the association through what should be interesting times in the marketplace and in North Carolina’s culture and economy. The latter is especially significant as the role of agriculture and rural citizens is changing at a fast pace due to demographic shifts in our state, plus consumers’ perceptions of food and farming can best be described as evolving.
Rounding out the executive leadership is John Fleming of Scotland Neck, newly elected to vice president, Jeff Tyson of Nashville in the office of secretary, and Bernard Lennon our past president now serving as treasurer.
Volunteerism is the heart and soul of the soybean board. We are fortunate to have great leaders filling out our executive committee — Isaac Boerema of Pantego, Michael McPherson of Mebane, David Heath of Ft. Barnwell and Bert Dixon of Maury were elected by their colleagues to serve on the executive committee in 2015.
Congratulations to the board’s newest members, many of whom are taking their first steps into commodity leadership positions: Sydney Dunn, Greg Manning, Ryan Kennedy, Philip Sloop, Jason Starnes, Reggie Strickland and Logan Watson. Welcome to these newest volunteer farmer leaders and we look forward to a productive 2015 at your state soybean association.