The Delaware Soybean Board administers the federal Soybean Checkoff, a 100% farmer-funded program, to benefit First State soybean farmers.

Our mission is to improve the profitability of Delaware soybean farmers by conducting research, marketing and educational activities which result in a stronger soybean industry.



Board of Directors

The Delaware Soybean Board consists of Delaware farmers who serve their fellow soybean farmers in three-year terms on the board.  Bylaws

Cory Atkins, Chairman, Sussex

Dale Blessing, Vice Chairman, Kent

Fred West, III, Treasurer, Sussex

Mike Clay, New Castle

Brett Coverdale, Kent

Rick Dickerson,Sussex

Robbie Emerson, New Castle

Frank Hrupsa, Kent

Tim Rogers, Sussex

Secretary Mike Scuse, Ex-Officio



United Soybean Board Director

Cory Atkins, Sussex



DSB Staff Team

The soybean checkoff requires specialized administration to oversee the funds entrusted to our care. To that end, the DSB has assembled a team to work on various aspects of DSB management.

Delaware Soybean Board
P.O. Box 319
Salisbury, MD 21803


Susanne Zilberfarb is the DSB Executive Director. She specializes in communications and management for nonprofit organizations, and has been working for the region’s soybean checkoff boards since 1993. In 2017, she advanced to also serve as Executive Director in Maryland. Raised on a small farm in Southern Maryland, she has spent more than 20 years on the Delmarva Peninsula, working in the agricultural industry.

Office: (410) 430-2613
Fax: (302) 264-8638


Sandra “Sandy” Davis is the DSB Financial and Compliance Coordinator. Sandy grew up on a 600-acre farm in Caroline County, Md., and began working for the soybean industry in 1980, serving with Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the Northeast Boards. Sandy joined DSB in 2006 to coordinate the financial w. 

Office: (410) 742-9500
Fax: (410) 548-5824


Laurie Adelhardt assists in communication and research initiatives for DSB. A farmer’s daughter from Kansas, Laurie has been a life-long advocate for agriculture. She works on communication projects for ag organizations and leads the MidAtlantic CommonGround program.

Office: (410) 705-3700
Fax: (888) 695-9308


Jo-Ann Walston is the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s marketing specialist assigned to the Delaware Soybean Board. Jo-Ann joined DDA from the Delaware Economic Development Office, with a concentration on marketing tourist. 

Office: (302) 698-4522
Delaware Dept. of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901