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2019 Iowa Corn Director Elections

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is comprised of 12 peer-elected farmers and two industry liaisons that serve as the collective voice for 8,000 corn farmer members, lobbying on agricultural issues at the state and federal level. Elections are held each year to select leadership and representatives from each of the nine crop reporting districts in the state.

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) is comprised of 12 peer-elected farmers and four ex officios who invest funds collected through the Iowa corn checkoff program, with a focus on market development, education and research. Elections are held each year to select leadership and representatives from each of the nine crop reporting districts in the state. Below is election information for 2019.

Iowa Corn Growers Association: Crop Reporting Districts 1, 6, 7

Those elected as ICGA Directors will continue to bring grassroots policy issues forward and be the collective voice for the nearly 8,000 corn farmer-members, lobbying on agricultural issues at the state and federal level. Congratulations to the farmer leaders elected to the 2019-2020 board.

 

District 1

Dean Meyer has been farming for 36 years near Rock Rapids in Lyon County where he raises corn and soybeans, owns a cattle finishing operation as well as a swine finishing operation. He utilizes various conservation practices on his farm including terracing, contour farming, split nitrogen application and cover crops. Dean has developed and managed manure nutrient plans for his swine and cattle operations. 

Dean currently serves as an Iowa Corn Growers Association Director representing District No. 1 and sits on the Animal Ag and Environment Committee. He also is on the Executive Board of the US Meat Export Federation.

In the past, Meyer has served as chair of the Lyon County Pork Producers, president of the Farmers Elevator Co-Op Board and the Lyon County Extension Council. Dean served as chair of the Iowa Corn Animal Ag and Environment Committee two years.  He is also a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Cattlemen, Iowa Pork Producers, Iowa Soybean Association, and the South Dakota Corn Growers. 

Dean and his wife, Linda, have five children. Their sons, Alvie and his wife Alice, and Jacob and his wife Hannah are involved full-time on the family farm. His youngest son Blake is also involved in the operation.

Dean’s desire to continue serving as ICGA Director, is to assist in sustainably growing a demand for corn in all forms, for current farmers and those who come after them in the future.

District 6

Lance Lillibridge farms in Benton County growing corn, soybeans and alfalfa. He also raises red angus cattle and has been farming for over 20 years. Lance employs several conservation practices on his farm including strip tillage and planting cover crops.

Lance currently serves as the Iowa Corn Growers Association Director representing District No. 6 and sits on the Grassroots Network, Membership & Checkoff Committee.

Lance is the former chair of both the Benton County Corn Growers and the Iowa Corn District 6 Committee. He is a member of Iowa Farm Bureau, the Red Angus Association, the North American Red Angus Association and has served as a former 4-H leader. He also sits on the advisory committee for the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Strategy. 

Lance volunteers as a deacon at Oak Grove Christian Church in Shellsburg. He and his wife, Heidi, have two children. His family is passionate about growing food and fuel in a sustainable, wholesome and profitable manner.

District 7

Adam Bierbaum has been farming for nine years on his family’s century farm in Cass County where he grows corn and soybeans. Adam currently sits on the Iowa Corn Animal Agriculture and Environment Committee. Bierbaum is a former member of the Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team (CAT), the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) and is active of the Cass County Corn Growers Board and serves as an Iowa Corn District 7 Board member.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Agronomy. Bierbaum also serves on the Wallace Foundation and is also a member of Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Soybean Association.

His family’s farming operation has practiced no-till farming for over 20 years and he works to incorporate the best environmental practices into his operation using cover crops and other conservation practices to protect the soil.

Adam says his involvement in Iowa Corn at the local, district and state level has taught him how important it is for agriculture to have a strong, unified voice. If elected, he will work on engaging with consumers, increasing farmers' adoption of conservation practices, and support efforts to increase demand for corn, including through ethanol and trade policy.

Adam enjoys farming and spending time with his wife Megan and are excited to be expecting their first child in July.

District 8

Steve Kuiper has been farming for over 30 years growing corn and soybeans on his family’s farm in Marion County. He worked in manufacturing at Vermeer for 30 years. He holds an associate degree from Indiana Hills Community College. 

Kuiper has been a part of a local ethanol plant promotion and participates in a local growers group who develops specialty markets and agricultural investments. He sits on the board of the Marion County Farm Bureau. Kuiper hopes to continue to help develop new markets for corn and corn products, support the growth of Iowa’s ethanol industry and reduce burdensome regulations for agribusiness.

He enjoys farming and spending time with his wife Melinda and their children and grandchildren.

Iowa Corn Promotion Board: Crop Reporting Districts 2, 35, 7 

Since 1978, Iowa corn farmers have elected their peers to serve on the ICPB to oversee the investment of funds generated by the Iowa corn checkoff. ICPB Directors will continue to promote a thriving Iowa corn industry through research into new and value-added corn uses, domestic and foreign market development and providing education about corn and corn products. Congratulations to the farmer leaders elected to the 2019-2020 board.

District 2

Jerry Maier farms near Eagle Grove in Wright County where he raises corn and soybeans. Maier has been farming since graduating from Iowa State University in 1981 with a degree in farm operations and has been actively involved in the Wright County Corn Growers Association for nearly 35 years.

Maier sits on the Iowa Corn Research and Business Development Committee and is a member of the U.S. Grains Council Asia Advisory Team. In the past, he served a three year term as the Iowa Corn Growers Association District 2 Director, vice chairman of the Iowa Corn Research and Business Development Committee, sat on the Iowa Corn Animal Ag and Environment Committee and served on the National Corn Growers Association Food, Feed, and Industrial Action Committee for two years. Maier is also actively involved in his community serving as chairman of the Wright County Board of Adjustment and co-chair of the City of Eagle Grove Planning and Zoning Commission. In the past he has served as president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, a church council member and the Eagle Grove Community Development Commission for 15 years serving as president and vice president.

Maier is passionate in finding new uses and markets for corn as well as educating consumers about ethanol. He and his wife, Susan have two sons, Brett and Brandon, who also remain involved in Iowa Corn.

District 3

Derek Taylor has been farming for seven years outside of Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek County raising corn, soybeans, alfalfa and feeder cattle. Alongside his wife Amy, he also owns an ag consulting business known as Hard Rock Ag.

Born and raised on a dairy farm, Taylor has been active on the farm his entire life. He enjoys trying new things involving conservation including no-till practices as well as cover crops. He is currently an Iowa Corn Growers Association member and has earned his certificate through the Beef Quality Assurance Program.

Taylor believes in promoting the positive image of the Iowa corn farmer by making sure consumers see the positives and finding sustainable markets for value added products consumers want.

Taylor is active in his community serving on the Holy Name Church Committee, CFS School Finance Committee, South Winn Park and Rec coaching multiple sports, South Winn High School assistant basketball coach and enjoys substitute teaching. He and his wife have two children, Evan and Owen.

District 5

Rod Pierce has been farming for more than 40 years on his fourth-generation farm in Boone County raising corn and soybeans and previously cattle and hogs. He farms with his wife Julie, their son Bret and his daughter-in-law Liz. He has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in farm operations, is a certified crop advisor and a former Pioneer Hi-Bred sales representative for 32 years.

Rod says that ethanol has been extremely important to his operation.  If elected, he will focus on promoting the expansion of ethanol sales by taking a stronger stand against the RIN waivers that have cost us millions of dollars and 2.6 billion gallons of ethanol.  He would also like to explore new uses for corn. He wants to ensure that the Iowa corn checkoff dollars are spent wisely and get placed in areas for maximum return, generating the greatest exposure for the product.

He is an active member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Soybean Association and the St. Thomas Aquinas Church of Ames Pastoral Council. He was formerly active in the Boone County Pork Producers and Iowa Pork Producers and has held positions on the ISU Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Eta Chapter Alumni Board, the Farm Credit Services Regional Advisory Board, and the Ogden Community School Board.

Rod and his wife Julie have four married children Jill and husband Bill Stineman, Bret and wife Liz, Matthew and wife Mary, and Mark and wife Lee, and nine grandchildren.

District 7

Ralph Lents has been farming for over 40 years, growing corn, soybeans and hay in Adair County. He has uses conservation tillage and no-till practices including buffer strips working to leave the land in better shape than when he started farming it.

Ralph currently serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director representing District No. 7 and is the vice chair of the Animal Agriculture & The Environment Committee. He also serves as the Beef Superintendent for the Adair County Fair.

He is a graduate of Iowa State University and have served in roles as president of the Adair County Extension, Corn, Soybeans and Pork Producers. He is a member of the Adair County Cattlemen, Pork Producers, Extension Board, past Superintendent of the Adair County Fair.

He was appointed to the Environmental Protection Commission by Governor Branstad in 2015 and previously served on the board of State Extension and the Central Iowa Power Cooperative.

Ralph resides in Menlo and has four children, Erica, Lou, Rob and Katie.

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