The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced in a final rule published in the Federal Register that it is adjusting membership on the United Soybean Board to reflect shifts in soybean production levels that have occurred since 2018.
This rule, which will become effective as of December 8, 2021, decreases membership on the United Soybean Board from 78 to 77 members resulting in Alabama losing one member. Membership on the board is reviewed every three years and adjusted, if necessary, as required by the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act.
The changes will be included in the Soybean Promotion and Research Order and will be effective for the 2022 board appointment process.
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