Illinois Department of Ag Announces Commodity Board Candidates

Illinois Department of Ag Announces Commodity Board Candidates

Election day is July 6 for corn, soybeans and sheep and wool commodity groups.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently announced the candidates for three state commodity boards. 

Producers will vote July 6 to determine members of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board and Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.

Anyone who produces and markets the commodity that each board represents is eligible to vote.  Ballots may be cast at county Extension Offices during regular operating hours.

"I encourage producers to cast a ballot," Agriculture Director Tom Jennings says. "The decisions that these boards make will affect the future of their industry."

Checkoff dollars come from assessments levied at the first point of sale. State law sets the assessment for corn at 3/8 of 1 cent per bushel.  For soybeans, the rate is 1/2 of 1% of market value and, for sheep and wool, it is 2 1/2 cents per pound.

Write-in candidates are permitted for the Sheep and Wool Marketing Board, Soybean Program Operating Board and Corn Marketing Board.  However, write-in candidates for the soybean and corn boards must file a "Declaration of Intent" with the Director of Agriculture before 5 p.m., June 28, to be eligible for election.  The declaration of intent form is available by contacting the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Some Extension offices may have limited hours due to budget cuts.   Therefore, producers are encouraged to call their local Extension office and find out whether it will be open on election day.  If an office will be closed, producers may request an absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture by written request and must be returned to the department by July 1.

Election results will be announced by Aug. 1.  Winners will receive three-year terms.  A list of commodity districts holding elections this year, the counties they include and the names and hometowns of the candidates follows:

 

Illinois Corn Marketing Board

District

Counties Represented

Candidate

1

Boone, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Will                           

 

Glenn Ginder, Peotone

4

Whiteside, Lee, Bureau, Stark, Marshall, Putnam

James A. Rapp, Princeton

7

Woodford, McLean, Dewitt, Macon,

Piatt, Moultrie

William Christ, Metamora

 

10

Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Greene,                  

Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin       

William Long, Franklin

 

13

Marion, Clay, Richland, Lawrence, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, White

Donald R. Duvall, Carmi

 

 

Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board

District

Counties Represented

Candidate

1

Jo Davies, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Whiteside, Lee

Barb Hintzche, Rochelle

(write-in candidate)

4

Bureau, Putnam, LaSalle, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell

Helen Hettinger, Eureka

(write-in candidate)

7

Madison, Bond, Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, St. Clair, Clinton, Washington, Marion, Jefferson, Clay, Wayne, Richland, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash, Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton, White, Monroe, Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski, Massac                              

Carl Dillow, Anna

(write-in candidate)

 

 

 

Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board

District

Counties Represented

Candidate

1

Jo Davies, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Lee

 (write-in candidate)

5

Knox, Peoria, Marshall, Putnam, Tazewell                                  

Dan Farney, Morton

 (write-in candidate)

7

Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion

Michael Morron

(write-in candidate)

9

Mason, Logan, Cass, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon

Tim Seifert, Auburn

 

12

Pike, Scott, Calhoun, Greene, Macoupin, Jersey

Mark Sprague Hull

(write-in candidate)

13

Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Marion

Gary Berg, St. Elmo

 

 

 

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