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Bauer new executive director for Md., Del. soybean boards

by | Oct 4, 2019

Danielle Bauer

SALISBURY, Md. — The soybean boards of Delaware and Maryland last week announced Danielle Bauer as their executive director.
Most recently, Bauer worked with a variety of agricultural and natural resource organizations as the programs and public relations director at Thompson Ag Consulting.
She said her work with groups, including the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board and Maryland Pork Producers Association, gave her experience working with commodity groups and checkoff programs.
“I believe strongly in the role our checkoff programs play in the success of our farmers,” said Bauer. “We want to provide the best resources and services to our farmers, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to meet that mission every day.”
She is a graduate of the LEAD Maryland Foundation’s Class X, Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow and completed the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Committee Communications Boot Camp.
“Danielle has established a good working relationship with farmers and stakeholders across Maryland,” said Travis Hutchison, Maryland Soybean Board Chairman. “I am confident that she will be an excellent executive director for our soybean board and be a strong voice for soy farmers.”
“Danielle’s dedication to the agriculture industry is commendable,” said Delaware Soybean Board Chairman Cory Atkins. “The Board of Directors is excited to have someone with her knowledge and passion working with our soy farmers.”  
Bauer grew up on her family’s grain and livestock farm in Howard County, Md. She said farming in an increasingly suburban area gave her unique insight and a strong passion for agriculture from a young age. She studied agriculture and natural resources at West Virginia University, and after graduating, returned home with the goal of making a positive impact on the local agricultural industry.
“I am honored by the confidence and support shown to me by the Board of Directors,” said Bauer. “I look forward to bringing my ag knowledge and expertise to the soybean industry.”
Bauer is also actively involved with the Howard County Farm Bureau, Miss Maryland Agriculture Contest, serves on the county’s Agriculture Education Advisory Committee, and is a superintendent at the Howard County Fair.
Bauer replaces former executive director Susanne Zilberfarb, who is now executive director at the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation. Zilberfarb worked for the Maryland Soybean Board for 25 years, first in communications and then as executive director. Ten years ago, she added the Delaware Soybean Board post to her duties and had helped in DSB communications projects for a decade prior to that.
“The board would like to express our thanks to Susanne for her outstanding service to the soy industry,” Hutchison said. “We are pleased to see that she will continue working within our ag family.”
“We want to acknowledge and thank Susanne for her hard work and commitment in building and growing DSB to what it is today,” said Atkins. “Her initiatives have improved the soy community and we wish her well as she moves on to lead the Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation.”

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