The late Dwain Ford served on the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) board from 2006-2007, representing the American Soybean Association (ASA) and again in 2014, representing the United Soybean Board (USB). He also served on the boards of the Illinois Soybean Association, ASA and USB. Dwain and his wife, Melba, co-owned and operated the family farm and M&D Seed Company in southern Illinois where they produced and marketed soybeans, corn and wheat. Dwain, a dedicated advocate and voice for the U.S. Soy industry, passed away in 2015.