Nobles County farmer heads up American Soybean Association

WORTHINGTON - Nobles County farmer Bill Gordon was elevated to president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Thursday during the organization's December board meeting. Gordon, a Worthington native, is the sixth Minnesota farmer to serve as ASA president and the 82nd in the advocacy organization's history. He previously served as ASA vice president.

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

Gordon, his wife, Dr. Dawn Gordon, and his parents, Galen and Colleen, grow corn and soybeans on their 2,000-acre family farm; an additional 400 acres are set aside for buffer strips and wetlands. In 2019, the Gordons were named Nobles County’s 2019 “Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. The Gordons live on the fourth-generation family farm that celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020. ASA is also celebrating its centennial in 2020. Gordon is the owner of Worthington Tax and Business service, and also serves on the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Board and is a board director for a mutual insurance company. Bill and Dawn are avid scuba divers and raise four children: Luke, Lance, Anna and Liam. 

During his term, Gordon hopes to recruit a more diverse demographic to ASA; he’s aiming to help bring more women and African American farmers into the "soy family."

Gordon will be advocating for a swift resolution to the trade war in China, along with the removal of tariffs, as a primary goal during his year-long presidential term. Working out more robust trade deals with more international markets, ratifying USMCA, extending the Biodiesel Tax Credit, pushing for infrastructure upgrades and more value-added soybeans are also high priorities for Gordon and ASA in 2020. 

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