ST. LOUIS -- In a brief news release late yesterday, the United States Soybean Export Council Board of Directors said it "has decided to put the CEO of USSEC on administrative leave with full pay and benefits while the Board considers its current direction and the long-term goals of the organization.

"The day-to-day operations of USSEC will continue through the executive staff of the Council.

"The statement speaks for itself and there will be no further comment."

Dan Duran is the CEO of the USSEC.