Two long-time corn grower leaders have been elected to head the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) for the next year.
Heading up the Iowa Corn Promotion Board is Kyle Phillips, a farmer from Knoxville in Marion County, is the new ICPB chair. Phillips, who has farmed for 32 years, served previously on the ICGA board of directors, including a term as president, and on the National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) Corn Board. He has represented the ICPB on the Iowa State University Plant Science Institute's advisory council and on the U.S. Grains Council's Asia Advisory Team.
Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, will serve this year as past chair. Julius Schaaf who farms near Randolph in southwest Iowa, has moved up to chair-elect. Rounding out the officer team is Darrel McAlexander of Sidney, who has been chosen as secretary/treasurer of ICPB.
Bowman heads corn growers association
Bob Bowman, who raises corn near DeWitt in Clinton County, is the new ICGA president. Bowman has been active in agricultural organizations for more than 30 years. He served nine years on the ICPB, as an Iowa corn representative to the U.S. Grains Council and U.S. Meat Export Federation. He's also been president of the Clinton County Farm Bureau, and served as chair of the NCGA's Joint Trade Policy A-Team.
Keith Sexton of Rockwell City will serve as ICGA past president. Tim Recker of Arlington has advanced to ICGA president-elect, and Gary Edwards of Anamosa, has been elected to the organization's leadership team as secretary/treasurer.
The ICPB and ICGA share a common mission to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability, says Sexton. The ICGA represents 6,000 members and lobbies on a variety of agricultural issues important to growers. The ICPB, made up of 17 Iowa growers elected by their peers, collects nearly $7 million in checkoff funds annually to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products.