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Iowa Corn Promotion Board Directors


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.

ICPB Board of Directors

Stan Nelson


Stan Nelson has been farming for 42 years in Des Moines County. The southeast Iowa native raises corn, soybeans for seed and hay along with his daughter Valerie, her husband Jared, daughter Emily and her husband Caleb. Stan serves as the President on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and on...

Ralph Lents

First Vice President

Ralph Lents has been farming for 45 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 First Vice President of...

Larry Buss


Larry Buss is a row crop farmer from Logan, Iowa. He has had success at two distinctly different careers at the same time which are engineering for 49 years and farming for 47 years. Larry currently serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Chair and serves on the Research &...

Chad Harms

District 1

Chad Harms has been farming for 25 years in Obrien county where he raises corn and soybeans. Harms also started a trucking business that hauls seed, grain and feed ingredients covering a four-state area and was a former seed salesman for Dekalb and Asgrow. Chad serves as the Iowa Corn...

Joe Roberts

District 2

Joe Roberts farms in Wright County raising corn and soybeans. He has been actively farming with his dad and grandpa as the third generation on their family farm since he was old enough to drive the tractor. They implement various conservation practices from strip till on the corn acres, no-till...

Jason Orr

District 3

Jason Orr is a fifth-generation farmer from Buchanan County, raising waxy corn, grass hay and 40 head of stock cows. On their farm for the past three years, they have used cover crops on every acre and this year will also be converting to strip-till. Currently Jason serves as the...

Ryan Steffensen

District 4

Ryan Steffensen has been row cropping in Winnebago County with his dad and brother for nine years and more recently picked up more farm ground in Guthrie County with his wife, Amanda. They are always looking for ways to better their conservation efforts and increase yields. He is a firm...

Derek Kemper

District 5

Derek Kemper is a 5th generation farmer in Tama County, raising corn and soybeans. He farms along his brother-in-law and father-in-law. On their farm, they utilize cover crops for cattle grazing. He graduated from Buena Vista in Criminal Justice and served in the Iowa Army National Guard for eight years....

Mikayla Colehour

District 6

Mikayla Colehour farms in Linn County where she raises corn, soybeans, oats and hay. Along with her husband, Keith, they also raise bees, a small flock of chickens, ducks, guineas, turkeys and peafowls and have a cow/calf operation. Growing up, Mikayla was always active on her family’s farm and found...

Jerod Flaherty

District 8

Jerod Flaherty has been farming in Clarke County for 16 years producing corn, soybeans and various forage crops as well as raising a cow herd. On his operation he utilizes cover crops as well as rotational grazing. Currently Jerod serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director representing District 8...

Jeff Thomsen

District 7

Jeff Thomsen has been farming in Cass County for 36 years, raising corn, beans, hay and cattle. On their farm they are always trying to improve conservation practices and are currently working with the Pheasants Forever project with the National Corn Growers Association to build habitat and implementing those ideas...

Paul Gieselman

District 9

Paul Gieselman has been farming for more than 25 years in Louisa County raising corn, soybeans, hay, aronia berries and a cow-calf operation. He also runs his own small trucking company. He has traveled to China, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as California and around the Midwest on agriculture...

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