Corn growers in the Alta area will be able to vote to elect fellow producers who will represent them on the Iowa Corn promotion Board during a District 1 election on July 8.
Balloting will take place at the Buena Vista County and Cherokee County Extension Offices between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Any grower who produced and marketed at least 250 bushels of field corn in the past year is eligible to vote in the election
Any grower who cannot visit their county extension office on July 8 can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested by calling the ICPB at 515-225-9242 no later than June 23. Absentee ballots must be returned to the ICPB with a postmark no later than July 8.
ICPB directors establish policies that govern Iowa corn checkoff program investment and decide how dollars should be split among research, education and market development projects. Directors can serve up to three consecutive three-year terms on the 17-person board.
Candidates for District 1 are Richard Harves and Larry Peelan.
Harves grows corn, soybeans and hay in Clay County near Dickens, and has been farming for the past 33 years. He and wife Ann have two daughters.
Harves has served on the Iowa Corn Growers Association board of directors for the past three years, and is a member and treasurer of the Clay County Corn and Soybean Growers Association. He is also treasurer of the Clay County Corn Growers test plot board, secretary of the West Bend Elevator Co. board of directors, and serves on the Farm Credit Service Advisory Council and the Agriculture Committee for the Spencer Chamber of Commerce.
Peelan, who has been farming for 45 years, raises corn and soybeans in partnership with his son near Sanborn in O'Brien County. He and wife Frances have four children.
A member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau, Peelan serves on the O'Brien County Value-Added Committee. He also chairs the dairy committee for Ag Ventures Alliance, and sits on the O'Brien County Farm Bureau Board and the Farm Bureau's dairy advisory committee.
Peelan has also served as a 4-H leader for 29 years, and has been on the county extension committee, the water board and on the Dairy Herd Improvement Association board.