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Iowa Corn I-LEAD Class 11 Selected for Participation

September 14, 2023

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Iowa Corn is proud to announce the members selected to participate in Class 11 of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) program, which focuses on increasing industry professionals’ knowledge and understanding of the corn industry. This reputable ag leadership program is a two-year intensive learning experience available through the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

I-LEAD Class 11 Members:

  • Chandler Arnold, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach – Adams County
  • Allison Berry, USDA
  • Emily Callison, Iowa Corn
  • Jamie Champion, Dallas County Farm Bureau Federation
  • Levi Cook, Cook Family Farms
  • Jeff Hazlewood, Pioneer & Schaaf Agronomy
  • Brandon Hanson, POET
  • Nathan Hohnstein, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
  • Delaney Howell-Groth, Ag News Daily & AgCulture Marketing
  • Katie Jorgensen, Channel & River Valley Ag
  • Keaton Keitzer, Corn & Soybeans Farmer
  • Derek Kemper, Corteva
  • Nels Leo, Corn & Soybeans Farmer
  • Brett Maier, Bunge North America
  • Donna Meyer, Bayer
  • Mason Meyer, Pivot Bio
  • Matthew Nelson, Bayer
  • Darin Proffit, Independent Seed Dealer
  • Jamie Schechinger, Yara North America
  • Logan Schmerbach, John Deere
  • Rebekah Sletten, America’s Cultivation Corridor
  • Gina White, Valero Renewables
  • Kelli Wicks, National Pork Board


The I-LEAD class will meet ten times over the course of two years providing experience and training by Iowa Corn in areas such as leadership, effective communication, policy, advocacy, and global agriculture. The program includes an experience in Washington D.C., a domestic agricultural mission and an international mission.  

 For more information on the program, visit   

For More Information:

Rachel Zumbach, Public Relations Manager,, 515-225-9242  

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