(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2011)
Next week, delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association Corn Congress in Washington will elect five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board. Taking office in fiscal year 2012, the leaders selected will help shape the policies that guide the organization and will best serve corn farmers across the United States.
Corn Board Candidates for 2012 are Keith Alverson, Chester, S.D.; Martin Barbre, Carmi, Ill.; Chip Bowling, Newburg, Md.; Bob Bowman, DeWitt, Iowa; Lynn Chrisp, Kenesaw, Neb.; and Don Elsbernd, Postville, Iowa. The four new members receiving the most votes will begin serving three-year terms Oct. 1. The candidate elected to the board receiving the fewest votes will serve a one-year term beginning the same day.
“Again this year, we are lucky to have dedicated, experienced candidates running for our Corn Board,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “The candidates’ willingness to give of their time to serve in this capacity is a testament to NCGA and the effectiveness of our efforts on behalf of corn farmers.”
Alverson, a former vice president of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and currently chairing NCGA’s Ethanol Committee, grows corn and soybeans. He has also served as both secretary and treasurer of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and graduated from NCGA’s Leadership Academy program in 2009.
Barbre, a former president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and currently serving on the NCGA Corn Board, farms corn, white corn, non-GMO corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and tobacco in partnership with his son, Brandon. Barbre has previously chaired the NCGA Biotech Working Group and served on the Ethanol Committee.
Bowling grows corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and grain sorghum near Washington, D.C., in coastal Maryland. A graduate of NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Academy, he currently serves on the Public Policy Action Team and has previously served as president of the Maryland Grain Producers Association.
A past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the executive board of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, Bowman now serves on NCGA’s CornPAC Committee and chairs the Iowa Corn Promotion Board’s Export and Grain Trade Committee. Bowman farms with his wife, Jean, on a multi-generational operation producing corn, soybeans and livestock.
Chrisp, a member of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association Executive Committee since 1992, has previously chaired the NCGA National Corn Yield Contest and served on the NCGA Public Policy Action Team and Research and Business Development Action Team. Along with his wife, Michele, Chrisp grows corn and soybeans on his irrigated operation in south-central Nebraska.
A former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Elsbernd currently serves on the NCGA Public Policy Action Team and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Elsbernd and his wife, Trish, farm no-till corn and soybeans in northeast Iowa.
The NCGA Corn Board represents the organization on all matters while directing both policy and supervising day-to-day operations. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokespeople for the NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.