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Bivens names to soybean promotion board

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By Allison Shepherd

 Ryan Bivens, a soybean, corn and wheat farmer in Hodgenville, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board, which is the entity charged with investing Kentucky’s soybean checkoff dollars to create opportunities for increased profitability.

Directors on this board serve as stewards of those funds, investing in production research, promoting animal agriculture, discovering and promoting new uses for soy-based products and keeping soybeans as a top-of-mind commodity with consumers.

Bivens also serves on the Kentucky Soybean Association Board, which is the membership and policy organization for the state’s soybean farmers. Whereas Bivens was elected to the Association Board by his peers, the Promotion Board seat comes by way of an appointment from the Commissioner of Agriculture.

KSPB board members are appointed – four by KSA, two by Kentucky Farm Bureau and one by the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture.

The Kentucky representatives who serve on the United Soybean Board (Keith Tapp of Sebree and Dennis Clark of Sedalia) and the American Soybean Association Boards (Davie Stephens of Wingo and Gerry Hayden of Calhoun) are also members of the KSPB by virtue of those positions.

Other members of the Board are: Jed Clark of Mayfield, Larry Thomas of Elizabethtown, Fred L. Sipes of Guston and Tim Thomas of Sturgis, who were appointed by the Kentucky Soybean Association; Glenn Howell of Fulton and Kim McCoy of Burkesville, who are Kentucky Farm Bureau appointees.