Officer Team Elected, New Directors Installed by Indiana Corn Checkoff Board
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2015) — The Indiana Corn Marketing Council Board welcomed two new farmer-directors and elected a new officer team at its December meeting in Indianapolis, including David Gottbrath of Washington County as president.
“As the farmer-directors of ICMC, we want to invest the checkoff dollars in projects and efforts that directly benefit Indiana’s corn farmers and grow the local, national and international demand for Indiana corn,” said Gottbrath, of Pekin. “Indiana corn is a vital player in countless industries – including renewable fuel and livestock – and our goal is to ensure that we increase the value of Indiana corn through our work with the corn checkoff dollars.”
Other members elected to the executive committee include: Gerald Gauck of Milan as vice president; Dennis Whitsitt of Huntingburg as secretary; Dennis Maple of Greentown as treasurer; Mike Beard of Frankfort as demand committee chairman; and David Howell of Middletown as supply committee chairman.
Established in 2001, ICMC oversees the investment of state corn checkoff funds in programs to strengthen domestic and international demand for corn and corn products. ICMC is led by 17 farmer-directors who are elected by Indiana corn farmers.
In the 2015 ICMC elections, two corn farmers were re-elected and two corn farmers were elected to serve their first terms on the board, including:
- Sarah Delbecq from Auburn, Ind. was elected to serve as an at-large director representing the entire state of Indiana.
- Kelly Whiteman Snipes of Rochester, Ind. was elected to serve as an at-large director representing the entire state of Indiana.
- Mike Beard from Frankfort, Ind. was re-elected to represent District 5, which includes Howard, Grant, Tipton, Madison, Clinton, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Rush, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Bartholomew, and Decatur counties.
- Herb Ringel from Wabash, Ind. was re-elected to represent District 2, which includes St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Wabash, Miami, Cass, and Carroll counties.
In addition to the new farmer-directors, four non-voting members were appointed to represent the Indiana General Assembly on the corn checkoff board. Sen. Jim Arnold, Sen. Jean Leising and Rep. Don Lehe were all re-appointed to the board. Rep. Melanie Wright joined the ICMC board for her first term.
Sen. Leising of Oldenburg, Ind. represents Indiana senate district 42 and currently serves as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Sen. Arnold of LaPorte, Ind. represents Indiana senate district 8 and serves as the senate democratic caucus chair.
Rep. Lehe of Brookston, Ind. represents Indiana house district 25 and is chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Wright of Yorktown, Ind. represents Indiana house district 35 and is a ranking minority member of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.
For more information about Indiana Corn Marketing Council, visit www.incorn.org.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council board of directors recently elected a new officer team at their December meeting. Back row (from left) are Dennis Whitsitt of Huntingburg, secretary; and Dennis Maple of Greentown, treasurer. Front row (from left) are David Gottbrath of Pekin, president; and Gerald Gauck of Milan, vice president.
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 farmer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.