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Iowa Corn Promotion Board Directors

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

Roger Zylstra

President

Roger Zylstra has been farming for over 40 years raising corn, soybeans, finishing hogs and cattle near Lynnville in Jasper County. He has used conservation tillage and no-till throughout his farming career and recycles manure into his nutrient management program. Roger uses precision agriculture, incorporates fall cover crops and is...

Greg Alber

Vice President

Greg Alber has been farming for over 35 years outside of Independence in Buchanan County growing corn and soybeans as well as a cow/calf operation. He currently serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Vice President and serves on the Iowa Corn Exports & Grain Trade Committee. Greg is also...

Wayne Humphreys

Chair

Wayne Humphreys raises corn, soybeans and operates a custom hog feeding operation near Columbus Junction in Louisa County where he has been farming for over 40 years. Wayne currently serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Chair and is the former chair of the Iowa Corn Exports & The Grain...

Kelly Nieuwenhuis

District 1

Kelly Nieuwenhuis has been farming for 36 years in near Primghar in O’Brien County growing corn and soybeans. He also has part ownership in a hog finishing operation. Kelly serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director representing District 1 and is chair of the Iowa Corn Industrial Usage and...

Jerry Maier

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. Jerry...

Derek Taylor

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. Derek serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director representing District 3...

Larry Buss

District 4

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 46 years and farming for 47 years. Larry currently serves as an Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director representing District 4 and serves as...

Rod Pierce

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...

Pete Brecht

District 6

Pete Brecht, third-generation farmer, has been farming for 40 years near Central City in Linn County. On the family farm, he raises corn and soybeans with his brother and son. Pete currently serves as an Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director representing District 6 and serves as chair of the Iowa...

Ralph Lents

District 7

Ralph Lents has been farming for 41 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...

Gary Petersohn

District 8

Gary Petersohn has been farming for over 50 years raising corn, soybeans, hay and maintaining a cow/calf operation. He currently serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director representing District 8 and serves as vice chair of the Iowa Corn Grassroots Network, Membership & Checkoff Committee. Gary is a member...

Stan Nelson

District 9

Stan Nelson has been farming for 39 years in Des Moines County. The southeast Iowa native raises corn, soybeans for seed and hay alongside his son-in-law and actively partners with his other son-in-law and his father’s farming operation. He also leases his cattle feeding facilities to his neighbor. Stan represents...

Mark Heckman

At-Large

Mark Heckman raises corn and soybeans in partnership with his brothers and parents near West Liberty in Muscatine County where he has been farming with his family for over 20 years. Mark currently serves as an At-Large Director on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. He has previously held roles as...

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