Indiana corn producers are encouraged to vote in the Indiana Corn Marketing Council’s (ICMC) annual election, which runs from August 6-17, 2012 at county Purdue Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state.
The ICMC board manages state corn checkoff investments and determines promotional, educational and research activities that can strengthen Indiana’s corn industry.
“Through this election process, Indiana corn farmers have the opportunity to have a say in who helps direct the investment of our corn checkoff dollars and it is important that there’s good participation state-wide,” said David Howell, vice president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and farmer from Middletown, Ind. “We want farmers who are willing to think about programs that are effective and innovative when it comes to supporting and growing our corn industry here in the state with the end goal of ultimately benefitting all Indiana farmers, including livestock producers who are important consumers of our corn crop.”
According to the Indiana Corn Market Development Law, those who vote in the election of directors to the ICMC Board must be an Indiana corn producer, which is defined as “a person in the business of producing and marketing corn in Indiana under the producer’s own name or in the name of an entity in which the producer has ownership.” Visit www.incorn.org/checkoffinfo for more information.
Any qualified individual unable to vote in person during the election period of Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 17 may request an absentee ballot from now until Saturday, August 4. The absentee ballots can be attained at any county Cooperative Extension Service office or by contacting Melanie Batalis, ICMC program manager, at 1-877-CORN-444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The state is divided into nine districts with one director representing each of the districts and six At-Large seats representing the entire state of Indiana. This year, ICMC has seats up for election in Districts 2, 5 and 8, as well as two At-Large seats. Candidates for each district are:
- District 2: Dean Eppley of Wabash, Ind. is running for re-election. District 2 counties include St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Cass, Miami, Wabash, and Carroll.
- District 5: Mike Shuter of Frankton, Ind. is running for re-election. District 5 counties include Howard, Grant, Clinton, Tipton, Madison, Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Rush, Bartholomew, and Decatur.
- District 8: David Gottbrath of Pekin, Ind. is running for re-election. District 8 counties include Brown, Monroe, Lawrence, Jackson, Orange, Washington, Floyd, Harrison, Crawford, and Perry.
- At-Large seats: Glenn Conner of, Peru Ind., and Dennis Maple of, Greentown Ind. are running for re-election. Herb Ringel of Wabash, Ind. and Mike Beard from Frankfort, Ind. are running as new candidates in the election. The At-Large seats represent the entire state of Indiana.
Newly-elected directors will serve three-year terms beginning October 1, 2012. ICMC directors can serve three consecutive full terms or a total of nine consecutive years.