The Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association has confirmed Ray Gaesser, Corning, Iowa, as its newest President as part of ASA board and committee selections Thursday in St. Louis at ASA's annual winter board meeting.
Outgoing President Danny Murphy from Canton, Miss., will move to the position of Chairman. Board members also elected Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas, to serve as First Vice President, an office that places Cowan in line to be the association's president in 2015.
"There are so many issues that face the soybean industry today, and I'm excited to lead this organization in addressing each one of them," Gaesser said in an ASA statement. "As we work to see a farm bill enacted, and soybean-friendly policies in place within the trade, transportation, energy and technology arenas, we know that we'll depend on the consistent involvement and cooperative work between all members of the soy family."
Also elected to ASA's nine-member executive committee were Secretary Wyatt Whitford of Ernul, N.C., and Treasurer Richard Wilkins from Greenwood, Del.
Bob Worth of Lake Benton, Minn., Ron Moore of Roseville, Ill., Bob Henry of Robinson, Kan., and Kevin Hoyer of West Salem, Wis., were elected to serve as the association's four vice presidents.
Whitford, Moore and Hoyer are new elections to the Executive Committee, while Wilkins, Worth and Henry were reelected to the posts they held in 2013.
The meeting also served as a venue to celebrate the retirements of Randy Mann of Kentucky, Ron Kindred of Illinois, Rob Joslin of Ohio and Andy Welden of Michigan from the ASA Board. Assuming positions on the Board as new members at the meeting were Gerry Hayden of Kentucky, Ron Moore of Illinois, Jerry Bambauer of Ohio and Matt Stutzman of Michigan.
The Executive Committee will meet in Iowa next week to finalize plans for 2014 and name appointees to ASA's various boards, task forces and committees.