Corn growers in six of Iowa's nine crop reporting districts will vote on 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.
Iowa growers elect 17 of their peers to serve on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board to oversee the investment of funds generated by the Iowa corn checkoff. The board's primary activities include domestic and foreign market development, research into new and value-added corn uses, and education about the corn industry. A portion of the seats on the board are up for election each year.
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 their county Extension office on July 12 may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots will be available from May 24 to June 27 and must be postmarked by July 12.
If you're interested in running, you must file no later than May 14
Other corn producers interested in running for the checkoff board can get on the ballot by filing a nomination petition with ICPB no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 14. Petitions can be requested from the ICPB office in Des Moines; completed petitions must be signed by 25 corn producers from the prospective candidate's district and notarized.
Once all grower petitions have been received, a final list of candidates will be announced by ICPB. For more information on the ICPB or director elections, please contact the ICPB office at 515-225-9242.
As of April 25, 2011, ICPB director candidates include:
Crop District 1: Lowell Appleton from Sanborn, O'Brien County; Roger Vander Veen from Hartley, O'Brien County.
Crop District 3: Nick Leibold* from New Hampton, Chickasaw County; Suzanne Shirbroun from Farmersburg, Clayton County.
Crop District 5: Roscoe Eggers* from State Center, Marshall County; Jason Robinson from Baxter, Jasper County.
Crop District 6: John Airy from Central City, Linn County; Mark Heckman from West Liberty, Muscatine County.
Crop District 9: Wayne Humphreys from Columbus Junction, Louisa County; Patty Koller from Donnellson, Lee County.
*Indicates an incumbent running for re-election.