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Iowa Corn Promotion Board Holds Director Elections for USDA Crop Reporting Districts 2,5,7,8

April 19, 2016

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 19, 2016 corn growers in Crop Reporting Districts 2, 5, 7 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for their representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) for a 3-year term. Crop reporting district 8 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for a 2-year term. The Board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research into news and value-added corn uses, and education and the corn industry.

Other corn producers within districts 2,5,7 and 8 who have produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year (September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015) and are interested in running for a position may still file a petition with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Petitions can be obtained by contacting the Iowa Corn 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 Iowa Corn office no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 29, 2016. 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 local extension office on July 19 may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are available by request June 1-27 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at (515)225-9242 or corninfo@iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than July 19.

Current candidates are as follows:

USDA Crop Reporting District #2 (Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Mitchell, Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright)

  • Monica Lursen, Butler County
  • Tom Renner, Cerro Gordo County

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

  • Michael Fritch, Jasper County
  • Roger Zylstra, Jasper County

USDA Crop Reporting District #7 (Adair, Adams, Cass, Clarke, Decatur, Fremont-Page, Madison, Mills-Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union)

  • Ralph Lents, Adair County
  • Delbert Westphalen, Cass County

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

  • Blake Reynolds, Warren County
  • Gary Petersohn, Ringgold 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, visit iowacorn.org.

For More Information:

Shannon Textor
Director of Marketing and Communications
Iowa Corn Promotion Board
515-225-9242
stextor@iowacorn.org

Lynnette Rohrs
Administrative Coordinator
Iowa Corn Promotion Board
515-225-9242
lrohrs@iowacorn.org

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