ICPB to Hold Director Elections for USDA Crop Reporting Districts 1, 3, 6 & 7

Since 1978, Iowa corn farmers 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 program.   

On July 11, 2023, corn farmers in crop reporting districts 1, 3, 6 and 7 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. 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.    

Corn farmers within districts 1, 3, 6 and 7 who have produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year (September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2022) and are interested in running for a position may still file a petition with the ICPB. 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 director candidate. Completed and notarized petitions must be delivered to the Iowa Corn office no later than 4:30 PM on April 26, 2023. Once all grower petitions have been received, a final list of candidates will be generated, and candidate 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 ISU extension office on July 11 can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 24 and must be made no later than June 19 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or on our website at www.iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn office no later than July 11. The results of the election are announced publicly on July 14.     

The current candidates are as follows: 

USDA Crop Reporting District 1 

  • Joshua Haack, O’Brien County  
  • Chad Harms, Dickinson County  

USDA Crop Reporting District 3   

  • Caleb Hamer, Black Hawk County    
  • Jason Orr, Buchanan County  

USDA Crop Reporting District 6  

  • Mikayla Colehour, Jones County   
  • Kyle Stahle, Johnson County  

USDA Crop Reporting District 7  

  • Darin Proffit, Page County   
  • Jeff Thomsen, Cass County   

For More Information:

Rachel Zumbach, Public Relations Manager, rzumbach@iowacorn.org, 515-225-9242

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