(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) expands its policy team with the addition of Liz Henderson as the organization’s first policy coordinator. In this newly created role, Liz will work directly with the senior director of policy and chief operating officer, Casey Wasser. Collectively, the policy team is responsible for the continued enhancement of leadership and influence within policy, politics and overall industry relations.
As the policy coordinator, Henderson will execute state and federal policy initiatives favorable to Missouri soybean growers.
“The policy issues facing our soybean farmers are growing,” said Wasser. “Building and executing meaningful solutions to these issues takes time, experience and grit. This position will enable our organizations to better address these challenges and increase Missouri soybean farmers’ voices in J.C. and D.C.”
Protecting soybean farmers’ interests takes many forms beyond policy development, including regulatory outreach and policymaker education. To expand the role beyond the walls of the Capitol, Henderson will work to promote the soybean checkoff program and policy education efforts through the coordination of legislative tours and sponsorships of agricultural meetings and events.
“I look forward to utilizing my years of experience in public policy to advocate for Missouri’s soybean farmers inside and outside of the Capitol,” said Liz. “Missouri’s farmers are vital to the future of our state and nation, and I am excited to work on their behalf.”
Henderson is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration. Previously, Henderson worked as an associate for Brent Hemphill & Associates, Inc. and as a legislative assistant for the Missouri State Senate.
“The Missouri Soybean Association’s advocacy approach is straightforward: protect Missouri soybean growers’ interests and support our supporters,” said Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybeans CEO and executive director. “With the addition of Liz, we can better serve the soybean farmers we represent. We look forward to having her voice represent us in the halls of the Capitol this session.”
The Missouri Soybean Association is a statewide membership organization working 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 focused on improving opportunities for Missouri soybean farmers through a combination of research, outreach, education and market development efforts through the soybean checkoff. To learn more, explore mosoy.org.