BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois, was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board for the 2017-18 term.
Jeschke, a Grundy County farmer, has served on the Board for five years. As Chairman, Jeschke represents the organization and continues his obligations to corn farmers in District 5, covering Grundy, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Livingston Counties.
Also elected to officer positions were Don Duvall (Carmi) as Vice-Chairman, Roger Sy (Newman) as Treasurer, and Dirk Rice (Philo) as Secretary.
Five districts held corn checkoff board elections earlier this summer. In each of those elections, the incumbent candidate retained the seat. The district elections included Pat Dumoulin (Hampshire) in District 1, representing Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. For District 4, Mark Wilson (Toulon) was re-elected to represent Bureau, Lee, Marshall, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside Counties. Jim Reed (DeLand) was re-elected to represent Dewitt, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, and Woodford Counties in District 7. Bill Long (Franklin) retained the District 10 seat to represent Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Sangamon, and Scott. Counties. And for District 13, Don Duvall, newly elected Vice-Chairman, will continue to represent Clay, Edwards, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties.
The Illinois Corn Marketing Board was established in 1982 to manage the voluntary checkoff investment that corn farmers in the state agreed to implement that year. The farmers that make up ICMB are elected by their peers to serve unpaid, three-year terms. The ICMB farmer leaders are tasked with developing and maintaining markets for corn which is Illinois' highest valued agricultural commodity. Find out more about ICMB at www.ilcorn.org and the family farmers who contribute to the checkoff at www.watchusgrow.org/corn.