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Layton eager to begin tenure with United Soybean Board
By BRUCE HOTCHKISS
VIENNA, Md. (Nov. 8, 2016) — William Layton is a devotee of the national soybean checkoff program and the state and national soybean boards which administer it.
Having completed nine years — three three-year terms, the maximum permitted — on the Maryland Soybean Board, Layton, a Dorchester County farmer and vintner, will be sworn in December to a three-year term on the United Soybean Board.
There, he succeeds Steve Moore of Sudlersville, in Queen Anne’s County, and joins Belinda Burrier of as one of two USB delegates from Maryland.
In bidding farewell to his service on the state checkoff board, Layton said he was looking forward to further service in behalf of the soybean industry at the national level.
“I believe that the soybean boards fill an extremely important need,” Layton commented. “ Farmers cannot afford to do their own research and development, or their own advertising or outreach. The soybean boards help to provide that for all farmers, to support their efforts, and their businesses.”
Layton and his wife, Jennifer, own and operate both Lazy Day Farms, a 1,300-acre grain farm, and Layton’s Chance Winery, a 14-acre vineyard and winery.
William handles winemaking at the winery and is currently working on his seventh commercial vintage.
A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in business logistics m he recently completed the winemaking certificate program at University of California-Davis.
Layton has served as president of the Dorchester County Farm Bureau, president of the Chicone Ruritan Club, and as chairman of the Maryland Soybean Board. He was a member of LEAD MD Class 4.
The Layton Family was inducted into the Maryland Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2011.
As the new board is sworn in, Moore, 54, will complete a total of 19 years of service to the soybean industry — nine years on the Maryland board and 10 years on the USB.
In the course of his USB service, he visited five countries — Egypt, Ireland and Japan, on behalf of the board’s biotech initiative, an effort to educate farmers there on using, and not fearing, genetically modified seed, and Brazil and Argentina, this nation’s biggest competitors in soybean world trade.
“I learned a great deal,” Moore said, “and I am very proud of what we managed to accomplish.”
Moore noted that although only nine years on the United Soybean Board is permitted, some farmers who reach that maximum take a year off before reapplying for another term.
“That’s not for me,” Moore said, passing the torch. “That’s now up to a younger generation.”