Grower leaders from opposite ends of the state have been elected to lead the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association for the next year.
- Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Julius Schaaf, a grower from Randolph in Fremont County, has been named the new ICPB chairman. Schaaf, a farmer for 30 years, has served on multiple ICPB committees and as an Iowa delegate to the National Corn Growers Association and on the NCGA's Ethanol Committee. He also represents Iowa on the U.S. Grains Council, where he currently leads the USGC's Asia Advisory Team.
- Kyle Phillips of Knoxville, serves this year as the ICPB past chair, and Darrel McAlexander of Sidney moves up to chair-elect. Tim Burrack, a farmer from Arlington, joins the officer team as ICPB secretary/treasurer.
- Iowa Corn Growers Association. Tim Recker, who raises corn, soybeans and hogs near Arlington in Fayette County, will serve as the new ICGA president. In addition to officer positions, Recker chairs the Iowa Corn Political Action Committee and serves as a delegate at NCGA's policy conference. A farmer since 1986, he has worked to empower local boards and coordinate efforts among agricultural groups. He is also an active member of the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association.
Bob Bowman of DeWitt serves as the ICGA past president. Gary Edwards of Anamosa, advances to ICGA president-elect, and Don Elsbernd of Postville, is newly elected as the ICGA's secretary/treasurer.
The ICPB and ICGA share a common mission to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. The ICGA represents 6,000 members and lobbies on a variety of agricultural issues important to growers. The ICPB is responsible for investing Iowa corn checkoff funds to develop and defend markets, conduct research, and provide education about corn and corn products.