Farmers Encouraged to Vote in Iowa Corn Checkoff Director Elections on July 12

WHAT: The Iowa Corn Promotion Board® (ICPB) will hold elections in crop reporting districts 2, 5, 7 and 9. Iowa corn farmers elect their peers to serve on the Board of Directors of ICPB to oversee the investment of funds generated by the Iowa corn checkoff program. The board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research of new and value-added corn uses and education on corn and the farmers who grow it. 

WHERE: Farmers in crop reporting districts 2, 5, 7 and 9 can vote during business hours at their local county ISU Extension office for representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a 3-year term, with the exception of District 9 a 2-year term. 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.  

WHEN: July 12, 2022, or request an absentee ballot. Farmers unable to visit the extension office on July 12 may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are available by request until June 20 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or by filling out this form. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn office no later than July 12. 

Results of the election are announced publicly July 15. 

Current candidates are as follows:   

USDA Crop Reporting District 2 

  • Jerry Maier, Wright County  
  • Joe Roberts, Wright County  

USDA Crop Reporting District 5 

  • Nick Helland, Story County  
  • Derek Kemper, Tama County    

USDA Crop Reporting District 7 

  • Ralph Lents, Adair County   
  • Jeff Thomsen, Cass County  

USDA Crop Reporting District 9 

  • Paul Gieselman, Louisa County   
  • Heath Greiner, Davis County  

To read each candidates full biography, click here. 

For More Information:

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

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