The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee recently announced a slate of nine candidates for Corn Board elections to be held this summer. The elections will be held during the July Corn Congress meeting in Washington, D.C., and successful candidates will take their seats on the board effective Oct. 1.

NCGA will host a "Candidate Forum" Feb. 25 at Commodity Classic in Austin, Texas, so that Corn Congress delegates and others can get better acquainted with the Corn Board candidates.

Candidates nominated for election to the NCGA Corn Board are (in random order):

-Steven Yoder, of Dalhart, Texas, operates a family farm, growing irrigated corn, wheat and alfalfa. He is a member of the NCGA Public Policy Action Team and CornPAC. Steven says, "It is an exciting time in the industry and I would like to be a part of bringing NCGA's policies and goals to fruition."

-Scott Wall, of Yuma, Colo., is a corn and wheat grower whose family also operates an agricultural marketing corporation. Wall, an incumbent board member, says, "I will always push to make sure we are following the mission: to create and increase opportunities for corn growers."

-Ron Obermoller, of Brewster, Minn., grows corn and soybeans and raise livestock on a fourth-generation farm. He's been heavily involved in the development and promotion of value-added agriculture in the state. Ron says, "I get to see every day the benefits to the small rural communities of a locally owned value-added industry. It is easy to get excited about the NCGA agenda as it works to expand the farmer-owned value-added concept."

-Brent Rockhold, of Arbela, Mo., raises corn, soybeans and hay and manages a beef cow/calf operation. His family also operates a custom grain hauling and harvesting business. Brent says, "I feel I can understand the concerns of corn growers from all areas of the country...I'm a proven leader who takes time to consider all sides, then works hard to do the right thing."

-Dave Nelson, of Belmond, Iowa, raises corn, soybeans, oats, hay and vegetable crops. He is also president of the board of directors for a farmer-owned ethanol plant. Dave says, "I would like to serve on the NCGA Corn Board because I like the philosophy of NCGA serving the state organizations, which in turn serve their members."

-Ken McCauley, of White Cloud, Kan., manages a family farm that grows no-till corn and soybeans. He is actively involved in one of Missouri's first ethanol plants and a food processing mill. McCauley, who currently sits on the Corn Board, says, "NCGA is a powerful voice in agriculture, not only for its members, but for the entire corn industry both here in the U.S. and abroad."

-Daryl Haack, of Primghar, Iowa, grows zone-till corn and no-till soybeans. He's been involved in his local farm bureau and the Iowa checkoff board for the last nine years. Daryl says, "An attribute I can offer is the ability to work with a wide variety of people and move projects along toward a goal, something I have done on the ICPB board,the NCGA Ethanol Committee, and as one of the founders of Little Sioux Corn Processors, one of the first of the new generation farmer-owned ethanol plants in Iowa."

-Darrin Ihnen, of Hurley, S.D., grows irrigated and dry-land corn and soybeans, raises stock cows and manages a contract hog-feeding operation. He is also chairman of the board of a local farmer-owned ethanol plant. Darrin says, "NCGA allows producers from all corn producing areas to exchange ideas and viewpoints that will help all of our farms maintain prosperity."

-Ron Olson, of Waubay, S.D., operates a corn and soybean farm. A current member of the Corn Board, Ron says, "NCGA must concentrate its priorities on issues that all members can support, get excited about and rally behind."

Source: Association Release