BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Don Duvall, a farmer from Carmi, Illinois, was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board for the 2018-19 term.
Duvall, a White County farmer, is currently in his seventh year of service on the board. As Chairman, Duvall represents the organization and continues his obligations to corn farmers in District 5, covering Clay, Edwards, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties.
Also elected to officer positions were Roger Sy (Newman) as Vice-Chairman, Dirk Rice (Philo) as Treasurer, and Mark Wilson (Toulon) as Secretary.
Five districts held corn checkoff board elections earlier this summer. The district elections included Jon Rosenstiel (Pearl City) in District 2, representing Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. For District 5, Paul Jeschke (Mazon) was re-elected to represent Grundy, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Livingston Counties. Mike Wurmnest (Deer Creek) was re-elected to represent Cass, Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties in District 8. Tim Lenz (Strasburg) will occupy the District 11 seat to represent Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, and Shelby Counties. For District 14, Dale Haudrich (Waterloo) will represent Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washington 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.