South Dakota farmer leader elected vice chair of Northern Soy Marketing

July 8, 2024

It’s a new era of growth for Northern Soy Marketing (NSM).

During its June board meeting in Bloomington, Minn., the NSM board elected officers for Fiscal Year 25, which began July 1. South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) Chairman David Struck was appointed as NSM vice chair.

“NSM represents the northern tier of soybean states,” Struck said, “so I’m eager to serve as vice chair and continue giving soybean growers in our member states their own voice.”

As a member of NSM, SDSRPC is investing checkoff dollars toward strengthening export market opportunities for soybeans leaving the U.S. via the Pacific Northwest through education.

“Investing South Dakota soybean checkoff dollars in NSM membership means that our soybean growers have a partner that works around the clock to educate international purchasers about the nutritional and financial advantages of northern-grown soy,” Struck said.

Minnesota farmer Glen Groth (pronounced Growth) was elected as chair, replacing Benson, Minn., farmer Patrick O’Leary, who remains on the board as a director.

“I’m excited to represent NSM and continue promoting our soy quality message to our international customers,” said Groth, who farms near Ridgeway. “We grow a premium product that’s grown with care, and as we move into FY25, I’m looking forward to meeting more customers, learning what their needs are and figuring out ways that we can meet those needs.”

Nancy Kavazanjian, from Beaver Dam, Wis., was slated to return as treasurer.

Along with FY25 officer elections, NSM’s June board meeting featured budget reviews, administrative reports and an FY24 recap. As FY25 begins, NSM is looking forward to capitalizing on the momentum its built and continuing to promote the nutritional and financial advantages of northern-grown soy.

To learn more about NSM visit their website.