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2019 icga director election candidates

Crop Reporting Districts 1, 6, 7, and 8 are up for election. The candidates are as follows:

CROP REPORTING DISTRICT #1 (BUENA VISTA, CHEROKEE, CLAY, DICKINSON, EMMET, LYON, O'BRIEN, OSCEOLA, PALO ALTO, PLYMOUTH, POCAHONTAS, SIOUX)

Chad Harms has been farming for over 25 years outside of Milford in Dickinson County. Alongside his wife Jill, Harms grows corn and soybeans.

Harms currently serves on the ALCECO Coop Board of Directors as vice president as well as on the Ag Partners Board of Directors serving as secretary. He is an Iowa Corn Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, American Soybean Association and Iowa Farm Bureau member. In the past, Harms has served as an ethanol coop board director as well as on the Ag Economic Committee in Hartley.

If elected, Harms’ goals are to increase the support for ethanol and livestock production in Iowa. He also remains active in his community serving as a member of the Okoboji Booster Club, a member of Ducks Unlimited as well as Pheasants Forever. Harms and his wife have two children, Alli and Austin.

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.

CROP REPORTING DISTRICT #6 (BENTON, CEDAR, CLINTON, IOWA, JACKSON, JOHNSON, JONES, LINN, MUSCATINE, SCOTT)

Mikayla Edwards has been farming with her father and grandfather on her family’s fifth-generation farm in Linn County for eight years where they raise corn, soybeans, hay and beef cattle.

Water quality and soil health are front and center for Edwards and her family’s farming operation. She employs several conservation practices on her farm including no-till and minimum tillage, grass waterways, cover crops and a responsible manure management plan. Edwards assists her boyfriend and his uncle with their corn, hay and cow/calf operation where she manages a handful of cows herself. She enjoys helping many local farmers with various chores including a farrowing operation, dairy and several row crop producers. She is currently employed with the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in ecology and agronomy.

Edwards has been active with Iowa Corn Growers Association since joining seven years ago at the age of 15, even participating in many events before then with her grandfather, Gary Edwards. Through Iowa Corn she has traveled the country advocating for Iowa’s corn farmers and building relations with other agricultural industries.

She is a former member of the Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team (CAT), sits on the Iowa Corn Animal Ag & The Environment Committee, the Linn County Corn Growers Board, the Iowa Ag Water Alliance Advisory Council and previously served on the Iowa Corn Grassroots Network, Membership & Checkoff Committee and as the membership liaison for the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. Edwards is also a member of Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

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.

CROP REPORTING DISTRICT #7 (ADAIR, ADAMS, CASS, FREMONT, MILLS, MONTGOMERY, PAGE, POTTAWATTAMIE, TAYLOR)

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.

Drew Nielsen farms outside of Imogene in Fremont County raising corn and soybeans alongside his wife, Amy. He has been no-till farming for over 10 years after starting as a sophomore in high school and slowing growing his operation.

Nielsen has a degree in agricultural studies from Iowa State University. He remains involved in his community in the Son’s and Daughters of Imogene and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Currently working as a seed salesman for Beck’s Hybrids, Nielsen enjoys networking and meeting farmers throughout the agricultural industry. Nielsen currently serves as the Fremont and Page County Corn Growers Association President and is a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Nielsen has been greatly impacted the recent flooding in Iowa and Nebraska and wishes to bring about resolutions to the issue and inhibit future flooding concerns. He believes something needs to be done for the farmers affected and wishes to serve as a voice for farmers to keep those reliable for their actions.

CROP REPORTING DISTRICT #8 (APPANOOSE, CLARKE, DECATUR, LUCAS, MADISON, MARION, MONROE, RINGGOLD, UNION, WARREN, WAYNE)

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.

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