(Posted Mon. Feb 3rd, 2014)
Nine corn growers from around the country have been nominated for election to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. New board members will be elected by state delegates at the Corn Congress this July in Washington.
“We were thrilled to see so much interest from the corn growers who want to step up and help lead our organization,” said Pam Johnson, NCGA chairwoman and chair of the nominating committee. “Each of these candidates will serve our industry well, and we thank them for getting involved. This next year promises to be an exciting one for corn growers and NCGA.”
Those nominated are, in alphabetical order:
Bob Bowman, of DeWitt, Iowa. Bowman is running for reelection to the Corn Board, and serves as liaison to the NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team. He also is president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and a past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. Bowman and his son farm together, growing row crops, including some identity-preserved production, in addition to running a custom fertilizer and pesticide application business.
Lynn Chrisp, of Hastings, Neb. Chrisp also is running for reelection, and is liaison to NCGA’s Ethanol Committee. Chrisp farms a highly productive irrigated operation in south central Nebraska consisting of 1,150 acres. With his son and part-time seasonal help, Chrisp raises mostly corn with some soybeans. During harvest, he works with his neighbor to jointly harvest 2,900 acres annually.
David Howell, of Middletown, Ind. Howell is a member of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, and serves as a director for the U.S. Grains Council and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. Howell and his wife operate a first-generation family farm where, with their two sons, they grow corn and soybeans as well as processing tomatoes and pumpkins marketed to major retailers nationwide.
Jim Reed, of Monticello, Ill. Reed serves as chair of the NCGA Public Policy Action Team and is a former chair of the NCGA CornPAC as well as past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. Reed, along with his family, farms 1,200 acres of corn and soybeans in addition to performing custom farming operations for his relatives. The proud owner of a Centennial farm, his is the fifth generation of his family to farm in his community.
Bruce Rohwer, of Paullina, Iowa. Rohwer is chair and past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and chair of the state’s CornPAC, as well as a member of the NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team. Rohwer operates a corn and soybean farm, along with his son and daughter, in addition to owning a drainage tillage business. Along with a neighbor, he also runs a sow farrow farrow-to-finish operation.
Kevin Skunes, of Arthur, N.D. Skunes is running for reelection to the Corn Board and is a past chairman of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and Corn Board liaison to the NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. He is also a former chairman of the North Dakota Farm Bureau. Skunes, his wife, Betty, and their two sons farm 4,900 acres of corn and soybeans.
Dean Taylor, of Prairie City, Iowa. Taylor is a former chair of the NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team and is a member of the NCGA Public Policy Action Team. He is also a past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. Taylor operates a multigenerational corn and soybean farm in central Iowa with his brother.
Paul Taylor, of Esmond, Ill. Taylor is running for reelection to the NCGA Corn Board and is a former vice chair of the NCGA Ethanol Committee. He also is past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and former president of the Wisconsin Soybean Association. Taylor continues a farming tradition on land which has been in his family for nearly 100 years in northern Illinois. There, he raises corn, seed corn, food grade non-GMO soybeans and canning vegetables for Del Monte, including sweet corn, lima beans and green peas.
Jim Zimmerman, of Rosendale, Wisc. Zimmerman is chair of the NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team and a director of the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board. He also is a past president of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. Zimmerman farms corn, soybeans and wheat in east central Wisconsin. A strong advocate for innovation in agriculture, his operation utilizes precision farming techniques and no till/strip till practices.
More information about these candidates will be released in the Nominating Committee Report at the upcoming NCGA Corn Congress, to be held Feb. 27 and March 1 at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.