Durham to lead Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council
Norborne, Missouri soybean grower Kyle Durham is the new Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council chairman, elected this week by members of that board. The position is important, Durham tells Brownfield, because the soybean growers’ story needs to be told.
“There are, quite frankly, too many people that are unfamiliar with it,” said Durham. “It’s not a shame just that they don’t know, it’s a shame that they don’t know because soy impacts their lives on a daily basis in so many significant ways.”
Durham’s election was during the Council’s summer meeting, where board members also reviewed ongoing research and education efforts. Durham’s lineage is in soybean leadership. His grandfather, Don Heil, was known as “Mr. Soybean”.
“It’s just natural for me,” said Durham. “I’ve always told people I’m a third generation lots of things, whether it’s a farmer, or county Farm Bureau president, or now, serving on behalf of the soybean producers of the this state on the Merchandising Council.”
Part of his goal as chairman, said Durham, is to promote livestock producers, who are soybean growers’ biggest customers.