Dedicated and Distinguished Award


Bob Metz, a soybean producer from Peever, SD, is past president of the American Soybean Association (ASA). During the 2004-2005 term, he served as first vice president and served as chairman of the Public Affairs Committee.

Metz previously served two years as a vice president of ASA.  During the 2003-2004 term, he was a member of ASA’s Public Affairs Committee and Audit Committee .  During the 2002-2003 term, Metz served on the Trade Policy & InternationalAffairs Committee and the Finance Committee.  He has also served on the Public Affairs Committee for five years and the Investment Committee for two years.

Metz represented ASA on the International Oilseed Producers Dialogue (IOPD) and  on the United States Soybean and Export Council (USSEC). He also served as chairman of the American Oilseed Coalition (AOC).

On August 22, 2005, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman announced Metz’s appointment to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade (ATACs) in Grains, Feed and Oilseeds, a position in which members served two years.  He has also served on advisory boards to the Chicago Board of Trade (CFTC) and the Monsanto Corp.

He has served the South Dakota Association as President (1998) and vice president (1997). He also served eleven years on the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

Metz served as chairman of the National Biodiesel Board for three years (2001-2004) and served as a governance board member. He also served as president of the Northern Growers Ethanol Board.

Bob served on the United Soybean board for nine years and the U.S. Poultry Export Council.

Metz farms 6000 tillable acres, including 3000 soybean acres and 3000 acres of corn with his wife and family.

Bob and his wife Karen are fifth generation farmers. They farm with their two sons, Justin and Joshua Metz and with son-in-law Steve DeSpiegler.

In his spare time he enjoys flying his airplane, spending time at the lake with family and friends and traveling with Karen.