Alma Farmer Elected to Lead Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council

A Lafayette County soybean farmer was selected by a group of his peers to lead the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. David Lueck of Alma was named the organization’s chairman immediately following a vote by the board of directors.

“It is an honor to serve Missouri soybean farmers and their checkoff as the Missouri Soybean Merchandising council chairman,” Lueck said. “I appreciate the confidence the growers have shown in me and I look forward to building upon our efforts to ensure Missouri farmers have access to the most up-to-date research information and continue to benefit from new market opportunities for their soybeans.”

Lueck’s election took place during the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council’s summer meetings, held at the University of Missouri’s Fisher Delta Research Center in New Madrid County. He will serve a two-year term as the Council’s chairman, leading Missouri’s soybean checkoff efforts on behalf of farmers statewide.

Lueck’s leadership team includes vice-chairman John Kelley, a soybean farmer from Faucett, Mo., and secretary/treasurer Harold Gloe of Hermann, Mo. The outgoing chairman, Will Spargo of Naylor, Mo. in Ripley County, will continue to serve on the 13-member board of directors in a term ending in 2016. Soybean farmer Rex Wood of Meadville, Mo. served as the chairman of the nominating committee.

Prior to being named chairman, Lueck served as the Council’s vice-chairman. Lueck is also active in his community, volunteering with the Santa Fe Agrileaders and as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alma. He and his wife, Debbie, reside on the family farm near Alma where they raised their sons, Brendon and Justin.

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. To learn more, visit the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council online at