(NAFB)--The soy checkoff has selected 10 U.S. soybean farmers for the 2013 See for Yourself program. This intensive, week-long educational experience helps soybean farmers learn more about their checkoff and industry. United Soybean Board Audit and Evaluation Program Chair David Hartke says there’s an outstanding group of participants for this year’s program. He says all of them have great leadership potential for the ag industry going forward. Those soybean farmers selected through an application process will gather July 18th through the 26th to learn about checkoff and soy industry activities in St. Louis, Missouri and the countries of Panama and Colombia. They will get to see how their domestic and international customers beyond the elevator use soy meal and oil. They will also see their checkoff funds in action by visiting a number of sites that represent their biggest customers - including animal agriculture and the food industry. In addition - participants will visit sites that demonstrate the importance of the farmer’s freedom to operate.
Hartke says past participants have said they had no idea the checkoff works for soybean farmers in as many ways as it does. The program allows farmers to see that and provide feedback directly to farmer-leaders on the checkoff programs they learn about. Hartke says hearing from farmers is one of the best ways to evaluate checkoff investments.
This year’s See for Yourself program participants are Stacey Artz of North Dakota, Peter Bakken of South Dakota, Jonathan Gibbs of Wisconsin, Jeffery Heimerl of Ohio, David Lanners of Minnesota, Rodney Lehman of Missouri, Travis Matthews of Missouri, Quint Pottinger of Kentucky, Austin Rincker of Illiniois and Wallace Willoughby III of Arkansas.