Growers Urged To Vote In Corn Checkoff Elections

Growers Urged To Vote In Corn Checkoff Elections

Growers in five of Iowa's nine crop reporting districts will vote July 12 to elect five directors to Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Anyone who's produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn in previous year can vote.

Corn growers in five Iowa of Iowa's nine crop reporting districts are encouraged to vote Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Iowa State University county extension offices to elect five directors to the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Elections this year are scheduled in districts 1, 3, 5, 6 and 9.

In total, 17 people serve on the board. Iowa growers elect their peers to serve on the board to oversee investment of funds generated by Iowa's corn checkoff. The board decides how to spend the money. That is, which projects to fund. ICPB's primary activities include both domestic and foreign market development, as well as research into development of new and value-added uses of corn, and investments in education regarding the corn industry. 

Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous year can vote in the election. Producers unable to visit an ISU Extension office on July 12 may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots were available until June 27 and must be postmarked by July 12. 

Here are the districts that will vote and the candidates in each district

District 1 candidates:

* Lowell Appleton raises corn and soybeans near Sanborn in O'Brien County.  He has been farming for 32 years.

* Roger Vander Veen raises cattle, corn and soybeans near Hartley in O'Brien County. He has been farming for 12 years.

District 3 candidates:

* Nick Leibold is a fourth-generation family farmer, raising corn and soybeans near New Hampton in Chickasaw County. He has farmed for 33 years.

* Suzanne Shirbroun farms near Farmersburg in Clayton County raising corn and soybeans with her husband Joe. They have been farming for 12 years.

District 5 candidates:

* Roscoe Eggers grows corn and soybeans near State Center in Marshall County. A corn producer for over 40 years, he farms with his son, Joe, who also has a show pig operation.

* Jason Robinson grows corn and soybeans near Baxter in Jasper County.  He also operates a cow/calf operation and he has been farming for 20 years.

District 6 candidates:

* John N. Airy raises corn and soybeans near Central City in Linn County.  He has been farming for 18 years.

* Mark Heckman raises corn and soybeans in partnership with his brothers and parents near West Liberty in Muscatine County.  He has been farming with his family for over 20 years.

District 9 candidates:

* Wayne Humphreys raises corn, soybeans and has a custom hog feeding operation at Columbus Junction in Louisa County. He's been farming 37 years.

* Patricia Koller raises corn, soybeans, hay, cattle and finishes hogs in Lee County near Donnellson.  She's farmed for 30 years with her husband Kenneth.

For more information on the ICPB or director elections, contact the ICPB office at (515) 225-9242. Here is a biographical backgrounder on all of the candidates:

 IOWA CORN PROMOTION BOARD

DIRECTOR ELECTION CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES

DISTRICT 1:

Lowell Appleton raises corn and soybeans near Sanborn in O'Brien County.  He's been farming for 32 years and has served on the Sanborn Coop Grain Board, the O'Brien County Farm Bureau Board and on the Northwest Iowa Farm Business Association Board. He is also a graduate of the fourth class of the Iowa Corn Leadership and Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) program.

In addition to farming, Lowell is an accountant for Village Northwest Unlimited. He's also an active member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, a Summit Township Trustee and a member of the Prairie View Retirement and Nursing Home board. In his spare time he is a track and field official. Lowell and his wife, Karen have three grown daughters. 

Roger Vander Veen raises cattle, corn and soybeans near Hartley in O'Brien County. He has been farming for 12 years. In addition to farming, Roger is a Pioneer Seed Representative and a Certified Crop Advisor. He's also a graduate of the fourth class of the Iowa Corn Leadership and Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) program. 

Vander Veen serves on the Hartley Economic Development Corporation board and has also served on the Hartley Chamber of Commerce. Roger and wife Jill have one son.

DISTRICT 3:

Nick Leibold is a fourth-generation family farmer, raising corn and soybeans near New Hampton in Chickasaw County.  He has farmed for 33 years, uses conservation practices on his farm and strives to improve the efficiency and profitability of his farm operation by using precision farming technologies. He has participated in the Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm trials for several years testing seeding rates, nitrogen rates, fungicides and seed treatments.

Nick has served six years as a director for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and currently serves on two committees: Research & Business Development and Industrial Usage & Production. He has also served on ICPB's Animal Agriculture & Environment Committee, including two years as chairman.

Leibold has served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experiment Association (ISU Research Farm). He's a member of Fredericksburg Farmer's Co-op, New Hampton's Five Star Co-op, the AgVantage FS Precision Farming Club, Chickasaw County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Grower's Association, and the Iowa Soybean Association. Leibold is an ISU graduate with a degree in Ag Business. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton. Nick and his wife Kendra have one son (Jake and his wife Nicole).

Suzanne Shirbroun farms near Farmersburg in Clayton County raising corn and beans with her husband Joe. They've been farming 12 years. Suzanne serves on Iowa Corn's Animal Ag & Environment Committee and is a member of Clayton County Corn & Soybean Association. She's a volunteer for the CommonGround program and is a 4-H leader for the St. Olaf Junior Farmers 4-H club.

Suzanne is a graduate of the fourth class of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) program. She graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agronomy and Pest Management. In the past she's been an agronomist for Cenex/Land O'Lakes and a chemical representative for Bayer Crop Sciences.

In addition to farming, Suzanne is secretary of the Friends of the Elkader Public Library and is a Sunday School teacher for the Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf. Suzanne and her husband also operate a Pioneer Hi-Bred dealership and are the parents of three boys.

DISTRICT 5:

Roscoe Eggers grows corn and soybeans at State Center in Marshall County.  A corn producer for over 40 years, he farms with his son, Joe, who also has a show pig operation.

Eggers is finishing his first three-year term on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and has already served a three-year term on the Iowa Soybean Association. He is past president of the Marshall County Pork Producers, a past president of the Marshall County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, as well as a member of Iowa Farm Bureau.

He served six years in the Iowa National Guard and graduated from Iowa State University in 1972 with a degree in ag education. In addition to farming, he is chairman of the Board of Trustees of his church, past stewardship chairman of his church and a past president of his local golf course. Roscoe and his wife, Kay, have a son and a daughter, Joe and Jill.

Jason Robinson grows corn and soybeans near Baxter in Jasper County.  He also operates a cow/calf operation and he has been farming for 20 years. Jason is a graduate of the fourth class of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) program.

In addition to farming, Jason is a Certified Crop Advisor and also sells seed and chemicals for Robinson Ag.  He's a member of Bethany United Church of Christ.

DISTRICT 6:

John N. Airy raises corn and soybeans near Central City in Linn County.  He has been farming for 18 years. Airy is currently the president of the Linn County Corn & Soybean Association and a board member for the Linn Co-op Oil Company. He is also a long-time volunteer at the Linn County Fair.

In addition to farming, John has also been a member of his church's board of directors and has been a youth coach for football and baseball. John and his wife Brevity have three children.

Mark Heckman raises corn and soybeans in partnership with his brothers and parents near West Liberty in Muscatine County. He's been farming with his family for over 20 years. Heckman has served as an ex officio director and served as a director for a single term for district six on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Mark is currently serving on ICPB's Utilization and Production Committee. 

He is a graduate of the second class of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development Program (I-LEAD) and is a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.  Heckman is a graduate of Iowa State University. Mark and his wife, Rhonda, have five children ages 12 through 24. 

DISTRICT 9:

Wayne Humphreys raises corn, soybeans and operates a custom hog feeding operation near Columbus Junction in Louisa County. He's been farming for 37 years. He is currently a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau Association. He also currently volunteers to help with the Muscatine FFA chapter.

In the past he has been the president of the Louisa County Cattleman's Association, a director for the Mississippi Valley Farm Business Association and a member of the Farm Credit Nominating Committee. He has also been a National FFA officer. In addition to farming, Wayne is a member of the National Speakers Association and the United Methodist Church. Wayne and his wife Sherry have three children.

Patricia Koller raises corn, soybeans, hay, cattle and finishes hogs near the town of Donnellson in Lee County. She has been farming for 30 years with her husband Kenneth. In addition to farming, Patricia is a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ Church and is a graduate of Leadership Iowa.

Patricia Koller is the assistant commissioner for the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District and a member of the Lee County Extension Council. She is also a member of the Iowa Independent Crop Consultant Association, the Iowa Soybean Association and is one of the founding members of the Iowa Cow Dog Club. In the past she has also served as chairman of the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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