Missouri Soybean Expanding Grassroots Efforts with Ryan Gill
Missouri’s soybean organizations are raising the bar on farmer-focused programs for 2017 with the addition of a new team member. Ryan Gill, a Portageville, Missouri native, is set to lead grassroots efforts for soybean farmers and their agribusiness partners across the state’s seven soybean districts.
“We’re continuing to build the team representing our farmers on all levels, developing opportunities for Missouri soybean growers and their product,” said Gary Wheeler, executive director/CEO. “Ryan brings great energy to the job and a commitment to the mission of improving the bottom line for our soybean farmers.”
As the industry and producer relations manager, Gill will drive grassroots efforts to connect soybean farmers to available resources through the checkoff, and the many programs of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and Missouri Soybean Association. He’ll be the face of Missouri’s soybean organizations at farmer meetings, trade shows and other events, and the first point of contact for producers working with the Association and Merchandising Council in the field. He’ll also be the Association’s point person on membership, raising awareness of policy and advocacy work and engaging farmers in those efforts.
He joined the staff January 30, and spent his first two weeks meeting the farmer leaders on the Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Councils respective boards of directors, and immersing himself in farmer-focused programming in preparation for his work with growers.
In addition to his roots in one of the top regions for soybean production in Missouri, Gill has a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri, with emphasis in agricultural economics, plant science and agriculture education.
Prior to joining Missouri’s soybean team, Gill worked for a Columbia, Missouri law firm and as an assistant to Jim Spain, Vice Provost for the University of Missouri. Gill also served six years with the Missouri Army National Guard, including deployments to Iraq, Haiti and Qatar. He is the son of Glenn and Marie Gill of Portageville.
The Missouri Soybean Association is a statewide membership organization designed to increase the profitability of Missouri soybean farmers through advocacy and education efforts across the state. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is a statewide, farmer-led organization working to improve opportunities for Missouri soybean farmers though a combination of research, outreach, education and market development efforts through the soybean checkoff.