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Corn Checkoff Holds Director Elections

April 22, 2015

Since 1978, Iowa corn growers have elected their peers to serve on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) to oversee the investment of funds generated by the Iowa corn checkoff.  As established by Iowa Code, a portion of the board seats are up for election each year.

On July 21, 2015 corn growers in Crop Reporting Districts 4 (West Central), 5 (Central), 8 (South Central) and 9 (Southeastern) can vote at their local county extension office for their representation on the ICPB for a 3-year term. The Board’s primary activities include domestic and foreign market development, research into new and value-added corn uses, and education about the corn industry. 

Other corn producers within districts 4, 5, 8 and 9 who have produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year (September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014) and are interested in running for a position may still file a petition with the ICPB. Petitions can be obtained by contacting the ICPB office and must contain the signatures of 25 corn producers from the same district as the prospective candidate. Completed and notarized petitions must be delivered to the ICPB office no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2015. Once all grower petitions have been received, a final list of candidates will be generated and all names will be listed on the election ballots.

Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year is eligible to vote in the election.  Producers unable to visit the extension office on July 21 may vote by absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots are available by request May 29 – June 29 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than July 21. 

Current candidates are as follows:

USDA Crop Reporting District #4 (Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, and Guthrie)

  • Larry Buss, Harrison County
  • Brent Drey, Sac County

USDA Crop Reporting District #5 (Webster, Hamilton, Hardin, Grundy, Boone, Story, Marshall, Tama, Dallas, Polk, Jasper, and Poweshiek)

  • Mark Kenney, Polk County
  • Roger Zylstra, Jasper County

USDA Crop Reporting District #8 (Madison, Warren, Marion, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Ringgold, Wayne, and Appanoose)

  • Don Hunerdosse, Warren County
  • Corwin Fee, Marion County

USDA Crop Reporting District #9 (Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington, Louisa, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Davis, Van Buren and Lee)

  • Lance Bell, Washington County
  • Wayne Humphreys, Louisa County

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The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products.  For more information on the ICPB or director elections, please contact the ICPB office at 515-225-9242 or by mail at 5505 NW 88th Street, Johnston, IA 50131.  iowacorn.org

For More Information:

Shannon Textor
Director of Marketing and Communications
Iowa Corn Growers Association

Laura Held
Administrative Coordinator
Iowa Corn Growers Association

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