ST. LOUIS -- QUALISOY(TM), a collaboration among the soybean industry to help market soybeans that result in healthier, more functional products to the marketplace, has announced its 2006 board of directors and executive committee.

At the Board's meeting held in Minneapolis, Chairman Jim Sutter welcomed new board members, including:

  • Todd Allen - director, United Soybean Board

  • Philip Bradshaw - director, United Soybean Board

  • John Jansen - vice president, Product and Process Development, Bunge Oils

  • David Schmidt - past director, United Soybean Board

  • Rob York - vice president, Strategic Commodity Sourcing, ACH Foods

  • Jim Bowman, vice president, product management, Monsanto Company, replaces the seat held by his colleague Kerry Preete, who has assumed a new leadership role within Monsanto.

    The QUALISOY Board of Directors voted the 2006 executive committee as follows:

  • Chairman: Jim Sutter - vice president, Grain & Oilseed Supply Chain/North America, Cargill, Inc.

  • Vice Chair: Ike Boudreaux - director, United Soybean Board

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Dennis Byron - vice president, Crop Development, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.

  • Member-at-Large: Jim Bowman - vice president, Production Management, Monsanto Company

  • Chief Executive Officer: John Becherer - chief executive officer, United Soybean Board

  • "Thanks in part to the leadership of the individuals and organizations represented on the QUALISOY Board, the soy industry has made significant progress in launching products that are helping to meet the food industry's goal of reducing or eliminating trans fats," said QUALISOY 2006 Chairman Jim Sutter. "With increasing interest from the food industry, low-linolenic soybean products are now commercially available and expanded acreage is planned for 2006. The future looks bright for additional trait improvements that will continue to meet marketplace needs of our food and feed consumers."

    The QUALISOY Board also recognized David Durham of Missouri, retiring QUALISOY director, who helped establish QUALISOY and served as its first chairman.

    "David's vision helped lay the necessary groundwork for the initiative's development and direction. Today, as a diverse group of farmer-directors and company representatives, QUALISOY is nationally recognized as a unique and credible collaboration," Sutter said.

    QUALISOY is a collaborative effort among the soybean industry to help market the development and availability of healthier soybeans and soy oil, reduce environmental impacts of livestock production through improved soybean meal, and improve the global competitiveness of the U.S. soybean industry. A diverse 22-member QUALISOY board of directors sets research priorities, evaluates existing and emerging technologies, and determines which traits, products and processes will be eligible to carry the QUALISOY name.

    SOURCE: QUALISOY news release.