Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce an October 7 webinar focused on “Conservation, Sustainability and Global Demand for U.S. Soy.” This complimentary one-hour program will provide updates on how grower’s sustainability efforts are building new markets and creating future opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers.

“U.S. farmers are global leaders in the journey toward more sustainable production practices,” says Agri-Pulse editor Sara Wyant. “This event will explore how to leverage those efforts into expanded markets and profit opportunities.”

The webinar at 11 a.m. central time is sponsored by the United Soybean Board, the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Speakers will explore global markets, Mississippi River transportation projects, sustainability, new market opportunities and more. You can sign up for this free webinar by clicking on this link.

Speakers include:

Doug Winter is a farmer and serves as Director on the United Soybean Board and Vice-Chair on the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Winter and his wife, Nancy, grow commercial soybeans, seed soybeans, non-GMO soybeans, yellow corn, white corn, and soft red winter wheat on his farm in Mill Shoals, Illinois. In addition to farming, he is a corn, soybean, and wheat sales representative for Pioneer. He is also involved with his local soil and water conservation district, farm bureau, the American Soybean Association, and other organizations. Winter believes open trade in international markets, excessive government regulations, herbicide resistance and neglected infrastructure are issues facing our industry. 

Stan Born is a farmer and has been on the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) board of directors since 2016. He currently serves as ASA Treasurer. Born farms soybeans and corn in Lovington, Illinois. He is also a director on the U.S. Soybean Export Council board and in the past served as treasurer and assistant secretary treasurer on the Illinois Soybean Association’s board. Born has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, a business management certification from Bradley University, and over 33 years of management experience in positions at Caterpillar, Inc.

Belinda Burrier is a farmer and this is her seventh year serving as a farmer-leader on the United Soybean Board (USB), and she currently serves on USB’s Executive Committee and as Chair of the Marketplace Action Team. She was also elected the first female Chair of the Maryland Soybean Board in the fall of 2020. She grows commodity soybeans, high oleic soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa and hay with her husband, nephew and son-in-law on their farm in Union Bridge, Maryland. She also has a small livestock operation, where they finish six hogs and three steers every year. Burrier and her husband David received ASA’s Northeast Region Conservation Legacy Award in 2018.

Mac Marshall serves as the Vice President, Market Intelligence for the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. In this capacity, Marshall works with USB leadership to evaluate and establish long-term strategic initiatives in support of advancing domestic and international market opportunities for the U.S. soybean industry. Prior to joining United Soybean Board, Marshall served as global market analysis and trade lead at Bayer Crop Science, where he worked on international market access issues as part of a global agricultural policy team. Marshall worked in Monsanto’s global strategy group with a focus on commodity market analysis, prior to Bayer’s acquisition. Before joining Monsanto, Marshall served as a staff economist at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics with a focus on agricultural commodities, in addition to serving as the supervisory economist leading a team of economists covering service industries. He holds a B.A. in economics from Vassar College and an M.A. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Rosalind (Roz) Leeck is the Senior Director for Global Market Access at the U.S. Soybean Export Council. She is responsible for worldwide activities monitoring and addressing trade barriers and other market access issues that impact the U.S.’s ability to export soy and soy products. Prior to joining USSEC, Leeck served as the Director of Grain Marketing at the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) and Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA). She has more than 10 years of experience in the grain trade field with previous positions at Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Demeter L.P. She has also worked for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, serving in the Division of Soil Conservation. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, a Master of Business Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant will serve as moderator for the event on October 7 at 11 a.m. CT. Registration for the webinar is free. You can sign up by clicking on this link.