The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association elected five new members to serve a three-year term on its board of directors at its 45th annual meeting in Durham, N.C.

Six members were elected to serve a second term on the board of directors.



Directors on the state soybean board are responsible for overseeing the soybean checkoff-funded research, marketing and communications work of the association, as well as conducting advocacy work on behalf of the state’s soybean industry.



Newly elected board members are:
 
Wesley Johnson of Dobson N.C., representing Surry County, plus 24 western North Carolina counties; Michael McPherson of Mebane, N.C., representing Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, and Stokes; 

Ryan Cahoon of Fairfield, N.C., representing Bertie, Chowan, Dare, Tyrrell, and Washington; Randy Edwards of Wendell, N.C., representing Johnston County and 

Sherill Jernigan of Godwin N.C., representing Cumberland and Harnett counties.



The following directors have been elected to serve a second term:

 Jeff Tyson of Nashville, N.C., representing Edgecombe, Halifax, and Nash; 

David Heath of Dover, N.C., representing Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow, and Pamlico; 

Phillip McLain of Statesville, N.C., representing Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Davidson, Iredell, Lincoln, Randolph, and Rowan; 

Henry Walker of Mocksville, N.C., representing Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Davidson, Iredell, Lincoln, Randolph, and Rowan; 

Travis Starnes of Monroe, N.C., representing Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Union and Lon Beasley of Magnolia, N.C., representing Duplin County.



North Carolina soybean producers elected the following officers for 2011:  President — Jimmy Thomas of Timberlake, N.C.; Vice-President — Bernard Lennon of Evergreen, N.C.; Secretary — Jeff Peed of Aurora, N.C. and Treasurer — Bobby Joe Fisher of Rocky Mount, N.C.