Ohio Soybean Council announces election of Board of Trustees


Petitions must be postmarked by July 5, 2024

The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees has five district seats up for election this year.

WORTHINGTON, Ohio – The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees has five district seats up for election this year. All eligible candidates interested in running for the OSC Board must obtain at least 15 valid signatures on the petition available at

All petitions must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) by mail. must be postmarked by July 5, 2024 and received by July 12, 2024.

OSC is the Qualified State Soybean Board for Ohio and manages the state’s soybean dollars. The OSC board is made up of farmer volunteers who direct the investment of audit dollars to improve the profitability of Ohio soybean farmers.

Districts up for election are:

  • District 1 – Fulton, Henry, Lucas and Williams Counties
    • Incumbent Todd Hesterman is eligible for re-election
  • District 2 – Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties
    • Incumbent Nathan Eckel is term-limited
  • District 5 – Allen, Hancock and Putnam counties
    • Incumbent Jeff McKanna is eligible for re-election
  • District 9 – Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union Counties
    • Incumbent Mike Ralph is eligible for re-election
  • District 13 – Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland and Warren counties
    • Incumbent David Clark is eligible for re-election

To be eligible for election to the OSC Board, you must reside in a county within the listed districts and be a soybean producer engaged in the cultivation of soybeans in the State of Ohio and who has the ownership and risk of loss of soybeans own or share at any time. during the three-year period immediately preceding November 15 of the current year.

Eligible producers who have contributed to the soybean audit and submitted a petition with the verified signatures of 15 other eligible soybean producers residing in the applicable district will be designated as candidates for election by the ODA. OSC Trustees serve a three-year term and may be elected for up to three consecutive terms.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirk Merritt, OSC Executive Director, at [email protected].

About OSC
The Ohio Soybean Council, headquartered in Worthington, is governed by a volunteer farmer council, which directs the Soybean Promotion and Research Program. The primary goal of the program is to improve soybean profitability by focusing on research and development projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds.

— Ohio Soybean Council

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