Soybean Marketing Board
Begun in 1983, this market order board has seven members who represent some 18,000 soybean growers. Its purpose is research, new product development, national and international marketing, and education.
The board is responsible for the oversight of an annual assessment that ranges from $500,000 to $600,000. The assessment rate is 2 cents per bushel, with about 100 pounds of soybeans per bushel.
Often called the miracle crop, soybeans are the world's foremost provider of protein and oil. Planted in late spring, the leafy plant produces 60 to 80 pods, each containing three pea-sized beans. A 60-pound bushel produces about 48 pounds of protein rich meal and 11 pounds of oil.
Wisconsin soybean growers harvested 58 million bushels of beans in 2000 and boosted the state's economy by $272 million. They also planted a record 1.5 million acres of soybeans last year, harvesting a record 1.45 million acres. However, yields from a year ago dropped to 40 bushels per acre, declining from 46 bushels per acre a year earlier. Even so, the state ranked 12th in the production of soybeans in 2000, while Illinois was the nation's leader.
The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board directors, each of whom serves a three-year term, are:
- District 1 (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Burnett, Chippewa, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Florence, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn, and Waupaca counties): Paul A. Harrison, Menomonie.
- District 2 (Buffalo, Clark, Eau Claire, Jackson, LaCrosse, Pepin, Pierce, Trempealeau, and Wood counties): Mark Delany, Trempealeau.
- District 3 (Adams, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon counties): Maurice McLean, Lancaster.
- District 4 (Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Manitowoc, Marquette, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, Waushara, and Winnebago counties): Keith Ripp, Lodi.
- District 5 (Rock County): Marvin Barlass, Janesville.
- District 6 (Kenosha and Walworth counties): Mike Cerny, Sharon.
- District 7 (Milwaukee and Racine counties): Edgar H. Skewes, Union Grove.
More information about the board is available by writing to the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board at 2976 Triverton Pike, Madison, WI 53711-5840 or phoning 608-274-7522 or faxing 608-274-3988.