Research & Development and Educational Programs

For The Beet Sugar Industry

Next Executive Vice President Appointed

Anna MurphyThe Beet Sugar Development Foundation (BSDF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Anna Murphy as the next Executive Vice President. Anna will be working with the existing Executive Vice President, Paul Pfenninger, over the next few months as he transitions into retirement. Anna earned her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI, with a degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Since her graduation she has utilized marker-assisted breeding techniques to select for and improve Aphanomyces and Fusarium disease tolerance in sugar beets with Syngenta Seeds. She has also had roles in Product Evaluation/Management at Hilleshog Seed and Supply Management at Magno Seed.

Anna will utilize her technical background and experience in the sugar beet industry to help BSDF advance its long-lasting relationship with USDA-ARS. Working together with USDA-ARS and industry leaders to provide solutions for today’s sugar beet agricultural and processing challenges is the ultimate goal of the Foundation. She will also be responsible for overseeing the McGinnis Institute of Beet Sugar Technology Schools (MIBST), which includes Beet End, Sugar End, along with the Agriculture School. These schools are critical for providing training sessions for the next generation of sugar beet technologists.
As Executive Vice President, Anna will also provide leadership for the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT). The ASSBT’s function is the promotion and dissemination of scientific knowledge. The association’s cooperation with the sugar beet industry, allows the business to remain competitive and successful.

We welcome Anna Murphy to the Beet Sugar Development Foundation. She will be working out of the Denver office and will officially begin on Monday, January 11. We wish her the very best in her new responsibilities.

Mission Statement

The membership of the Beet Sugar Development Foundation (BSDF) consists of Beet Sugar Processing Companies and Sugarbeet Seed Related Companies. The BSDF is active in research and development, education and technical programs of common interest to its members. The BSDF has a close working relationship with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service and with many of the Land Grant Universities in sugarbeet producing states. The BSDF is dedicated to the advancement of sugarbeet production and beet sugar processing through science based research and leading educational programs.

Officers and Executive Committee

Todd Geselius

Todd Geselius

President

Greg Dean

Greg Dean

First Vice-President

Tyler Grove

Tyler Grove

Second Vice-President

Paul Pfenninger

Paul Pfenninger

Executive Vice-President / Secretary-Treasurer

Vince Salzman

Vince Salzman

Immediate Past President

Jim Ruhlman

Jim Ruhlman

Agriculture Representative

Dave Garland

Dave Garland

Operations Representative