New Jersey Ag News
Chesterfield’s Bibus given seat on United Soybean Board
By BRUCE HOTCHKISS
CHESTERTFIELD (Oct. 15, 2016) — New Jersey has finally won a full-fledged seat on the United Soybean Board.
It was awarded that seat when its 2015 soybean production reached 3.3 million bushels, 300,000 over the required production level for USB membership.
Filling that seat will be Bill Bibus, a highly respected soybean farmer and ag advocate in Burlington County.
Bibus tills about 700 acres in the usual rotation of corn, soybeans, and small grain.
The Garden State has about 100,000 acres in soybean production, he said, with an average of 200 soybean acres per farm.
New Jersey, for purposes of the national soybean checkoff, has been a member of USB’s Eastern Region, a gathering of states generally along the East Coast, none of which individually reaches the annual 3 million bushel production mark.
Bibus had served for two years, as a USB delegate from the Eastern Region so taking his seat for New Jersey on the USB board will be a familiar responsibility,
New Jersey is one of three new seats on the board, bringing total membership to 73 farmer-leaders. Missouri and Wisconsin increased their soybean production to add another seat each.
Seats on the USB are awarded this way.
In addition to a single seat for 3 million bushels a year, state producing between 15 million and 70 million bushels, two seats; between 70 million and 200 million bushels, three seats; and 200 million or more, four seats.
Bibus and 38 other new directors or those returning for new three-year terms will be sworn in at the USB annual meeting Dec. 9 in St. Louis.