State’s soybean farmers invited to open house
Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:01 pm
All soybean farmers in Tennessee are invited to an open house and a celebration of the state’s soybean industry at the new Tennessee soybean office on July 20.
The open house will showcase the new office building, along with accomplishments of the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board and the Tennessee Soybean Association. The event will run from 2-5:30 p.m. at 100 Executive Drive in Jackson.
“We are asking farmers to bring a container of dirt, about an ice-cream-bucket size, from their farm to add to the grounds at our new office,” said Parks Wells, TSPB and TSA executive director. “We want their land to be a part of our new facility.”
The new soybean office is owned jointly by the TSPB, TSA and the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council (TSPC). The decision for the soybean organizations to purchase the new office building was made by the farmers on the three Tennessee soybean boards. “The new building is an opportunity to go from renting a small space to owning a good building, which is a smart investment for soybean farmers,” said Eddie Sanders, TSPB chairman and a farmer from Franklin.
Farmers that attend are encouraged to visit with TSPB and TSA farmer-leaders and staff to learn about checkoff and association activities designed to benefit Tennessee soybean farmers.
The TSPB is the Qualified State Soybean Board for Tennessee producers in the national checkoff program. The TSPB promotes the growth and development of the state’s soybean industry by investing checkoff funds in research, advertisement, promotion, education and market development. The board membership is composed of nine soybean producers from across the state. The TSPB works cooperatively with the TSA, a membership organization concerned with state, national and international policies that affect soybean producer profits in Tennessee. The TSPC is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the soybean programs of both TSPB and TSA. The council is composed of the chairman and vice chairman of the TSPB, the president and vice president of the TSA, the Tennessee director of the American Soybean Association and the Tennessee directors of the United Soybean Board.
Published in The Messenger 7.13.10