MANKATO — Following a year as president, Worthington farmer Bill Gordon was named chairman of the American Soybean Association during the organization’s virtual board meeting last week.

Gordon was the sixth Minnesota farmer to serve as ASA president and the 82nd in the organization’s history. He previously served as ASA vice president.

COVID-19 altered the trajectory of Gordon’s term, keeping him close to home for much of 2020. But he said he was grateful for the opportunity, crediting ASA’s leadership for continuing to advocate for soybean farmers despite an unexpected pivot toward electronic advocacy when the pandemic hit in March.

Gordon was an ASA Young Leader in 2004, and later served as vice president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. During his seven years on the ASA board, he delved into public affairs, biodiesel and transportation issues, environmental stewardship and international marketing. In 2019, he represented ASA and Minnesota farmers on international trade missions to Southeast Asia and South America.

South Dakota farmer Kevin Scott will replace Gordon as president. Redwood County farmer George Goblish was named an at-large member of ASA’s Governing Committee.

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