Iowa Farmers Appointed to United Soybean Board Leadership

Ankeny, Iowa – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed two Iowa soybean farmers to serve as directors on the United Soybean Board (USB). Farmer leadership directly represent all U.S. soybean growers with oversight of national soybean checkoff dollars that support research, market development and promotional efforts to boost farmer profitability and opportunities.

Robb Ewoldt of Davenport and Brent Renner of Klemme will join the board of 77 farmer directors from across the country; five representing Iowa. They will be sworn in for service during the USB December Meeting in St. Charles, Mo.

“USB directors play an important role in managing checkoff dollars,” said Ewoldt, who completed his Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) presidency in September. “Serving as ISA president helped me recognize how important representation is, especially in the decision-making process of allocating these funds.”

Ewoldt will complete a three-year term, while Renner’s one-year appointment fills a vacancy left by the passing of former USB director Tom Oswald of Cleghorn earlier this year. Renner has served on the ISA board since 2019.

“It’s an honor to represent soybean farmers through this appointment and see up close how these investments are bringing real value to our industry and to every farmer,” said Renner.

Ewoldt and Renner join April Hemmes, Hampton; Lindsay Greiner, Keota; and Tim Bardole, Rippey, as Iowa soybean farmers serving as USB directors.

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