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John R. McClendon Receives Arkansas Soybean Leadership Award

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board recognized John R. McClendon of Marianna with the Arkansas Soybean Leadership Award at the 2013 Arkansas Soybean Research Summit in Jonesboro on Tuesday December 17th. 

The Arkansas Soybean Leadership Award is given to an Arkansas soybean farmer who has made significant contributions to the soybean industry. McClendon, a longtime soybean farmer in Lee County, served on the American Soybean Association, having served as vice president, first vice president, president and chairman of the board. McClendon is founder of the Stephen M. Yoder Foundation, where he still serves as chairman of the board. He is also a co-founder and past chairman of the Board of the American Soybean Industry Council. McClendon received the 1996 National FFA Hall of Achievement Award. He also recently received the American Soybean Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  
“As a soybean farmer in Arkansas, I’ve devoted many years to making a difference for our industry, including having given more than 200 talks around the world about the soybean industry. I’m grateful to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board for recognizing my work and devotion to soybean farmers in our state.” said McClendon.
The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board consists of soybean producers nominated by various producer organizations within Arkansas. Although board members contribute many hours of their time to administering the program, they serve without pay.
For more information about the Arkansas Soybean Leadership Award, visit 
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