NORMAL, Ill.—Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, has been elected president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) for 2016-2017 at their re-organizational meeting, which was held today immediately following the organization’s annual meeting.
Durdan has served on the ICGA board for five years, most recently as vice president. He will continue his role as District 5 Director for the duration of his term as president, serving members in Grundy, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Livingston Counties.
Joining Durdan in leadership roles are Vice President Aron Carlson of Winnebago, Treasurer Grant Noland of Decatur, and Secretary Mike Homerding of Plainfield.
The Exports Committee will be led by Chairman Bill Leigh of Minonk and Vice Chairman Randy DeSutter of Woodhull. Elected to lead the Industrial Committee were Ted Mottaz of Elmwood and Vice Chairman Marty Marr of Jacksonville. Grassroots Committee leadership for the coming year are Chairman Jeff Jarboe of Loda and Vice Chairman Don Guinnip of Marshall.
ICGA members elected two new directors in this cycle. For District 7, Bill Christ of Metamora will represent farmers in DeWitt, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, and Woodford Counties. And for District 13, Matt Rush from Fairfield will represent farmers in Clay, Edwards, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties.
Three directors were re-elected and will continue in their positions as directors. They are Mike Homerding for District 1, Bill Leigh for District 4, and Marty Marr for District 10.
Dennis Green of Lawrenceville will serve as Interlocking Director with the Illinois Farm Bureau. Newly elected At-Large Directors include Grant Noland of Decatur and Dave Rylander of Victoria.
Illinois Corn Growers Association is a state-based organization that represents the interests of corn farmers in Illinois, including by maintaining a high profile on issues in Washington, DC, and Springfield, IL. They aim to create and maintain opportunities for Illinois corn farmers to capture more value for their product. In order to fulfill this mission, the organization conducts governmental affairs activities at all levels, market development projects, and educational and member service programs. For further information regarding their work and involvement, visit their website www.ilcorn.org.