Bobby Joe Fisher of Rocky Mount was elected president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association at the 42nd annual meeting in Durham on Jan. 15.

Fisher previously served as association vice-president in 2007 and 2008. He is a retired tobacco warehouse operator and farmer and has served as president of the Nash County Farm Bureau and as Chairman of the Nash County Soil and Water Board.

In addition to Fisher, North Carolina soybean producers elected the following officers for 2009: Vice-president, Jimmy Thomas of Timberlake; secretary, Bernard Lennon of Evergreen; and treasurer, Jacob Parker of Columbia.

New directors

On Jan. 15, soybean producers elected five new directors to serve on the 30-member board. New 2009 directors are: Lon Beasley of Magnolia, Glen Ipock of New Bern, Carrol Mitchem of Vale, Phillip McLain of Statesville, Travis Starnes of Monroe and Jeff Tyson of Nashville.

Directors serve a three-year term and are responsible for overseeing the research, marketing and communications work of the association, as well as the association’s advocacy work on behalf of soybean farmers.

Currently serving directors Morris Shambley of Efland, Steve Mayes of Statesville, Carey Parrish of Edenton, and John Weaver of Kenly were elected by fellow soybean growers to a second term of service on the board.

Service Awards

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association presented Meritorious Service Awards to Alan York of North Carolina State University and to Jacob Parker of Columbia, N.C., at the annual awards banquet on the evening of Jan. 15 York was honored for exemplary service to North Carolina producers in the areas of crop science research and Extension. He is widely regarded as a top expert on weed management and has been influential in adapting conservation-tillage on North Carolina farms.

Jacob Parker, a soybean producer from Tyrrell County, served as president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association in 2007 and 2008 and was recognized for exemplary leadership to the soybean industry.

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is a Raleigh-based soybean trade association responsible for research, education and promotion programs to benefit the state’s soybean farmers. The association is the Qualified State Soybean Board to administer the federal soybean checkoff program in North Carolina.

Yield contest winners

Barrett Flowe, a soybean producer from Cabarrus County, won the 2008 state soybean yield contest with an entry of 78.7 bushels per acre. Flowe receives an expense-paid trip to the Commodity Classic in Grapevine, Texas in February 2009.

The Pasquotank County partnership of Charles Gray & Sons took second place with a yield of 75.6 bushels per acre, and Darren Hubers of Hyde County took third with a yield of 73.4 bushels per acre.

Glenn Pendleton of Pasquotank County took first place in the Most Efficient Yield contest with a winning entry of $4.52 bushels per acre. Pendleton receives an expense paid trip to Commodity Classic.