Md., Del. have national respect (Editorial)

(Feb. 23, 2016) For the first time, historically, farmers from Maryland and Delaware hold top offices in five of the nation’s major agricultural organizations.
“Top offices?” Absolutely: Three of the farmers are serving as president, one is serving as chairman and the fifth currently is vice chairman and slated for elevation next year to the chairmanship.
Let us introduce them: Jason Scott of Hurlock, Md., is chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates, Richard Wilkins of Greenwood, Del., is president of the American Soybean Association; Chip Bowling of Newburg, Md., is president of the National Corn Growers Association; Chip Councell of Cordova, Md., is vice chairman of the U.S. Grains Council and Lee McDaniel of Darlington, Md., is president of the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts.
It has been rare, indeed, for leaders of national farm organizations to emerge from states in the East, rather than come from the nation’s “bread basket,” or the Corn Belt or the High Plains.
To have five farmers from Maryland and Delaware serving, all at once, at the head of their organizations is astonishing and we are so very proud.
Gentlemen, we salute you.