Foundation for Soy Innovation
The Foundation for Soy Innovation brings together soybean farmers, their partners in industry, and all along the soy value chain, working collaboratively toward a stronger future. Launched in 2018, the Foundation is working to build upon existing work by its partners.
In 2017, Missouri soybean farmers and stakeholders came together in a strategic planning process to set the path forward for their foundation. Through that process, they established a vision of:
“Strengthening the future for the soy value chain.”
The Foundation for Soy Innovation is further guided by a mission of:
“Building strategic partnerships and leveraging resources throughout the soy value chain to advance innovation and grow demand.”
Capturing the value of future opportunities will come through two channels, partnership and scholarship. Key priorities for the Foundation are to engage stakeholders to build upon the work of Missouri’s soybean farmers in research, business development and marketing, and to educate and empower current and future generations working with soy. One of the primary initiatives of the Foundation will be to pursue grants and develop scholarship programs for hands-on work to advance innovation and create demand for soy.
The Foundation for Soy Innovation is led by Matt McCrate, a farmer from Cape Girardeau. Peter Rost Jr., a farmer from New Madrid, serves as vice-chairman, and Robert Alpers, a farmer from Prairie Home serves as the secretary/treasurer. Soybean farmers John Hunter III of Essex, John Kelley of Faucett, Kyle Durham of Norborne, Doug Thomas of Brashear, and Pat Hobbs of Dudley make up the Foundation’s board of directors.
Gary Wheeler serves as the Coalition’s executive director, and Sarah Ezell will lead fundraising efforts for the group as its director of development.
The Foundation for Soy Innovation replaces the long-dormant Mid-America Research Development Foundation, focusing specifically on opportunities for growth and innovation along the soy value chain.
To learn more about the Foundation, including opportunities to contribute, contact Sarah Ezell via email or at (573) 635-3819.