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Burrier appointed USB director for Maryland
By BRUCE HOTCHLISS
Belinda Burrier, a Frederick County farm wife and a veteran advocate for the agricultural industry, has been named a director of the United Soybean Board.
She was one a five new members appointed to the board by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
She succeeds Geno Lowe of Hebron, Md., in Wicomico County who had completed his allowed three, three-year terms.
Burrier was advanced for appointment to USB by her colleagues on the Maryland Soybean Board on which she has served for two years. She succeeded her husband, David, on the MSB in 2012.
On Dec. 11 when the new USB directors will be sworn to the 70-member board, Burrier will join three other women directors. They are Angela “Annie” Dee of Alabama, Laura Foell of Louisiana and Nancy Kavazanjian of Wisconsin.
Women have served on the board for many years and in 2011, USB farmer-directors elected Vanessa Kummer of North Dakota as chairperson.
Maryland’s annual soybean production has earned the state two seats on the USB. Burrier will be joining Steve Moore, a Sudlersville, Md., farmer and a veteran of service to the Maryland and national soy industries.
Dave and Linda farm 1,200 acres of soybeans, corn, wheat and hay in Union Bridge, Md. They say they are truly a “family farm.”
They open their farm to various events throughout the year helping encourage people to come to the farm to learn about agriculture and where their food comes from.
David and Linda participated in ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program in 2011 and Linda went on to ASA/Syngenta “Leadership at Its Best 2012-13.” Each program focused on the soybean industry, and involved intense training.
“When we make decisions on our farm, we take into consideration the impact our choice will have on the water, soil, and air,” Linda said. “We feel responsible to make choices that will protect our farm, so we can provide food for not only our family but your family.”
She said of her appointment to the USB, “this is an honor… I can't wait to see the work that goes on to help promote soybeans locally and internationally. It will be a pleasure to work with such an elite group of farmers from across the nation. I want to encourage young farmers, men and women to get involved in their local commodity groups. We need teamwork to grow the food for our nation and the world.”
Her husband David continues his service to agriculture and the soybean industry on another front. He served on the Maryland Soybean Board from 2003 to 2012 finishing out as chairman. He then turned his full attention of the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association of which he is currently vice chairman. He also represents the biofuels industry on the Maryland Agriculture Commission.