Twenty-one Iowans from a wide range of backgrounds have been named to the new Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development class that will begin meeting after the 2010 harvest.
I-LEAD was developed and is sponsored by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association. These two boards recognize that the future of Iowa agriculture depends on developing new leaders who have a passion for agriculture. The goal of the two-year program is to provide Iowa's talented men and women with the tools they need to succeed as leaders and spokespeople for agriculture.
"This is the highest number of applicants by far that we've seen for participation in I-LEAD," said Doug Holliday, an ICGA director and chair of the committee that oversees the program. "The applicants we had to choose from this year were outstanding and we believe that this class represents the diverse agriculture industry that exists here in Iowa."
For more information about this program go to www.iowacorn.org
Participants in I-LEAD Class IV, selected through an application and selection process, include: Bart Boehm, Fontanelle; Erin Brenneman, Wellman; Todd Coffelt, Urbandale; Benjamin Furhman, West Des Moines; Todd Gonnerman, Milford; Dennis Heemstra, Primghar; Kyle Jensen, Neola; Terry Johnston, Parkersburg; Will Jones, Sioux Rapids; Mitch Kennedy, Cumberland; Steve Killpack, Logan; Emiliano Lerda, Urbandale; Grant Menke, Ankeny; Ben Rahe, Webster City; Keith Rohwer, Paulina; Brandon Schaaf, Tabor; Maddison Sieck, Glenwood; Drew Sponheim, St. Ansgar; Katie Stutsman, Ames; Jill Vander Veen, Hartley; and Jeff Winslow, West Des Moines.