New Officer Team Elected by Indiana Corn Marketing Council Board
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6. 2015) — The Indiana Corn Marketing Council Board recently elected a new executive committee to lead the organization’s efforts to support corn farmers throughout Indiana.
Dennis Maple of Greentown was re-elected president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) at its December board of directors meeting. Maple has served on the ICMC board since 2007.
Other members elected to the executive committee include: David Gottbrath of Pekin as vice president; Mike Beard of Frankfort as secretary; Dennis Whitsitt of Huntingburg as treasurer; Gerald Gauck of Milan as demand committee chairman; and Ronnie Mohr of Greenfield as supply committee chairman.
ICMC oversees the investment of state corn checkoff funds in programs to strengthen domestic and international demand for corn and corn products. With its three-year strategic plan, the ICMC board is focusing on five major areas, including ethanol, livestock, grain marketing, new uses and production issues.
“Continuing to seek out new markets for our corn crop – whether that’s getting more drivers to use ethanol, growing our livestock industry within our state, or exporting more corn foreign markets – is our number one priority moving into 2015 as we have a record crop on our hands,” said Maple. “Investing corn checkoff dollars in projects that bring value back to each and every corn farmer across the state is our goal as a board.”
In addition to the new officer team, four ex-officios were named to represent the Indiana General Assembly on the ICMC board: Sen. Jim Arnold, Sen. Jean Leising, Rep. Don Lehe and Rep. David Niezgodski.
Leising, representing Indiana senate district 42, and Lehe, representing Indiana house district 25, have previously served on the ICMC board. Leising of Oldenburg, Ind. currently serves as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Lehe of Brookston, Ind. is chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Niezgodski of South Bend, Ind. represents Indiana house district 7 and is on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Arnold of LaPorte, Ind. represents Indiana senate district 8 and serves as the senate democratic caucus chair.
For more information about Indiana Corn Marketing Council, visit www.incorn.org.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.