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									                                           NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Date: December 12, 2007
                                                                 Contact: Karen Simon
                                                                 NCSRP Communications Director

North Central Soybean Research Program holds annual meeting

URBANDALE, Iowa – The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) board of directors held its
annual meeting December 6. The board elected officers, approved co-funding for the 2008 Sentinel Plot
program with the United Soybean Board (USB), and reviewed research pre-proposals for future
investments. The NCSRP annual meeting was held in St. Louis in conjunction with USB and American
Soybean Association board meetings.

NCSRP officers elected
        Directors re-elected Jerry Wyse as president. A soybean grower from Haven, Kan., Wyse will
serve his second one-year term in 2008. John Buck of Bloomington, Ohio, was re-elected to his second
term as vice president and Ed Cagney of Scott, Mich., was re-elected secretary/treasurer.

         Other directors who serve on the NCSRP board include: Fayte Brewer, Romney, Ind.; Doug
Hanson, Elk Point, S.D.; Matt Hughes, Shirley, Ill.; Gene Stoel, Lake Wilson, Minn.; Gary Alpers, Prairie
Home, Mo.; Mike Cerny, Sharon, Wis.; Monte Peterson, Valley City, N.D.; Brian Kemp, Sibley, Iowa; and
Gregg Fujan, Weston, Neb. The board is comprised of volunteer farmer-leaders from the 12 Midwest
states, which produce 80 percent of U.S. soybeans.

Funds for the sentinel plot program
       The board allocated more than $350,000 toward the sentinel plot system to detect and monitor
soybean rust in the United States.

        “The sentinel plot system has been a valuable tool to track the known locations of soybean rust
in the United States,” says David Wright, Ph.D., director of NCSRP’s Plant Health Initiative. “This system
has saved soybean producers millions of dollars in unnecessary fungicide applications. In 2007 soybean
rust was detected as far north as northern Iowa and southern Ontario. Although the economic impact of
soybean rust has been minimal, it is clearly spreading.”
      In addition, the board funded production of an educational brochure focusing on new
management recommendations for soybean aphid.

         NCSRP focuses on improving soybean plant health through innovative, coordinated research at
universities through the United State. Since its inception in 1995, NCSRP has invested more than $25
million in soybean production research designed to improve yield by helping growers manage soybeans
from the ground up.

         For more information about NCSRP, sentinel plots, soybean rust or other soybean plant health
issues, visit

The Plant Health Initiative represents a cooperative partnership between soybean checkoff boards and
land grant universities from 12 North Central states, as well as private industry. The initiative’s goal is to
act as a resource that collects and dispenses valuable management information on a variety of soybean
pests and disease. The Plant Health Initiative receives its funding through soybean checkoff dollars and
private industry support, and is administered by the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP),
its primary sponsor.


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