The United Soybean Board farmer-directors have elected Jim Carroll III as Chair at the annual board meeting this week. Additionally, 19 new directors appointed by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue were sworn in by the USDA. Carroll is a farmer from Brinkley, Arkansas. He says, “We’ve made great strides to innovate beyond the bushel and infuse every opportunity we can into growing markets and creating new uses for soybeans. We have a lot to be proud of but also have tremendous potential to further demand as we continue our progress through wise and strategic investments.” Carroll says one of his priorities as Chair will be to recognize the performance and sustainability of U.S. soy and to show their customers its many capabilities as a renewable alternative. The recent USB board meeting included remarks from Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Doud highlighted recent trade negotiations and opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers in the international marketplace. Other session topics included the Global Landscape for U.S. Soy, What’s Next for High Oleic Soybean Oil, and Agriculture’s Advantage in Capturing Carbon.