JOHNSTON – Since 1978, Iowa corn growers have elected their peers to serve on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) to oversee the investment of funds generated by the Iowa corn checkoff program.
On July 17, corn growers in Crop Reporting Districts 4, 5, 8 and 9 can vote at their local county ISU extension office for their representation on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a 3-year term. The board’s primary priorities and responsibilities include domestic and foreign market development, research into new and value-added corn uses and education on corn and the farmers who grow it.
Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the previous marketing year is eligible to vote in the election. Producers unable to visit the local ISU extension office on July 17 may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested beginning May 30, requests must be made no later than June 25 by contacting the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or the website at www.iowacorn.org. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the Iowa Corn Office no later than July 17. Results of the election will be made public on July 22.
Current candidates in USDA Crop Reporting District No. 8 (Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Union, Warren and Wayne counties) are Corwin Fee of Marion County and Gary Petersohn of Ringgold County. More candidates may be added after petitions are turned in by the April 27 deadline.