The ASA Board of Directors has confirmed Danny Murphy from Canton, Miss., as President and Steve Wellman from Syracuse, Neb., as Chairman.

Board members also elected Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa, to serve as first vice-president, an office that places Gaesser in line to be ASA President in 2014.

Also elected were Randy Mann from Auburn, Ky. as secretary and Richard Wilkins from Greenwood, Del. as treasurer. Four vice-presidents were also elected: Bob Henry from Robinson, Kan.; Bob Worth from Lake Benton, Minn.; Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas; and Mark Jackson from Rose Hill, Iowa.

These soybean farmer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee. Elections were held during ASA’s winter Board of Director’s meeting in St. Louis.

"My goals include completing the 2012 farm bill, continuing to work with the other organizations in our soy family and impressing upon soybean farmers the need for and value of ASA’s representation in Washington, D.C.," Murphy said.

"ASA will continue working to get a farm bill done in the Lame Duck session or early next year — the drought this year should make it evident how critical crop insurance is to soybean farmers.

“And to meet the demand for food and feed that will be required by the expected world population of 9 billion people in 2050, U.S. soybean farmers will need to sustainably increase our production in the face of increased regulation, competition from other crops, unfounded questions on the safety of biotechnology, and slow approvals of new biotech traits."

Following the elections, committee assignments were announced.

The Board welcomed eight new members: Bret Davis (Ohio), Cory Devillier (La.), Bill Gordon (Minn.), Mark Huston (Canada), John Rivers (S.C.), Dan Roe (Wisc.), Joe Steinkamp (Ind.) and Davie Stephens (Ky.).

ASA also recognized retiring directors Joe Steiner (Ohio), Charles Cannatella (La.), Barb Overlie (Minn.), Kevin Marriott (Canada), M.D. Floyd (S.C.), Tim Goodenough (Wis.), Scott Fritz (Ind.) and Jack Trumbo (Ky.).