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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

Kelly Nieuwenhuis


Kelly Nieuwenhuis has been farming for 39 years in O’Brien County. His farming includes 2800 acres of row crops that he farms with 2 brothers. Also has a Channel Seed business and part ownership in a 4000 head hog finishing facility. Kelly currently serves as President of the Iowa Corn...

Larry Buss

Vice President

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 Vice President and serves on the Export...

Greg Alber


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 Chair and serves on the Grassroots Network, Membership & Checkoff Committee. Greg is also treasurer of...

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. Harms has been on the Board...

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...

Darla Recker

District 3

Darla Recker has been farming in Fayette County for over 36 years, raising corn, soybeans, and seed corn. Along with her husband Tim, their farm is actively using no till, cover crops, and other conservation tactics to build soil health and improve water quality. Darla serves as the Iowa Corn...

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...

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 vice chair of the...

Ralph Lents

District 7

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 Iowa Corn Promotion Board...

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...

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...

Roger Zylstra


Roger Zylstra has been farming for over 40 years raising corn, soybeans, finishing hogs 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 enrolled in...

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