Farmers who would like to run this year for a three-year term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board or Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board can now start circulating nominating petitions.
Petitions are available at county Extension offices and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The deadline to complete and return them is May 15 for corn and soybean board candidates and May 31 for sheep and wool board candidates.
Producers must be at least 18 years old, have produced and marketed the pertinent commodity during the 2011 commodity year, reside in the district to be represented and have submitted a valid petition by the filing deadline to be eligible for election.
Elections for all three boards will be held July 6. For more information, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture at (217) 782-6675 or write to: Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Marketing and Promotion, P.O. Box 19281, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., 62794-9281.
A list of counties holding commodity elections follows:
Corn Marketing Board
District 1: Boone, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Will
District 4: Whiteside, Lee, Bureau, Stark, Marshall, Putnam
District 7: Woodford, McLean, Dewitt, Macon, Piatt, Moultrie
District 10: Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Greene, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin
District 13: Marion, Clay, Richland, Lawrence, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, White
Soybean Program Operating Board
District 1: Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Lee
District 5: Knox, Peoria, Marshall, Putnam, Fulton, Tazewell
District 7: Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion
District 9: Mason, Logan, Cass, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon
District 12: Pike, Scott, Calhoun, Greene, Macoupin, Jersey
District 13: Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Marion
Sheep and Wool Marketing Board
District 1: Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, Cook, Du Page, Whiteside, Lee
District 4: Bureau, Putnam, LaSalle, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell
District 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