Indiana soybean farmer and American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Joe Steinkamp was elected to serve on the ASA Governing Committee earlier this month. Joining Steinkamp, Indiana grower Kendell Culp serves on the policy-aimed ASA board. These Hoosier farmers closely watch crucial issues such as international trade agreements, implementation of a new farm bill and ongoing debate about the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
For example, in September, Culp participated in a White House meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and others on the status of the farm economy. In November, Steinkamp traveled to Cuba to assess new market opportunities for U.S. grain.
“Opening doors with Cuba to set the stage for market expansion prospects seems like a win-win for both the U.S. and the Cuban people,” said Steinkamp, who farms near Evansville, Ind. “I was grateful to have the opportunity to work with other commodity crop farmers from around the country to increase understanding and discuss opportunities expand access to our high-quality crops with a nearby population that values wholesome, affordable, U.S-grown food.”
Steinkamp’s ASA Governing Committee is indicative of his long-standing service to soybean farmers. Steinkamp previously served nine years on the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) board.
Source: Indiana Soybean Alliance