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The board represents all six of Growmark's governance zones, with multiple directors per zone.

September 3, 2012

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The results of Growmark's director elections, held at their annual meeting in Chicago, were announced last week.

Five of the cooperative's 16 director seats, established by geographic zone, were elected and will serve three-year terms. Growmark's six established governance zones cover all of North America; there are multiple directors per zone. One at-large director represents Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin Farm Bureaus. Growmark is affiliated with Farm Bureau in those states.

The directors elected include:


Zone A – Rick Nelson of Paxton, Ill., has served on the Growmark Board since 1990. He was elected vice chairman in 2004. He and his wife Pat operate a 2,100 acre cash grain farm. He is also president of the Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Board.

Zone A – Kevin Malchine of Waterford, Wis. was elected to his first term on the board. He operates a 2,100 acre farm in partnership with his brother and nephew. He and his wife Kelly have three daughters, Stephanie, Shannon, and Shauna. Malchine serves on the board of Conserv FS, Inc.

Zone B – David Uhlman of Tremont, Ill., was elected to his first term on the board. He farms with his brother and son. They raise row crops, canning pumpkins, and have a cow-calf herd. He and his wife Joan have three children. Uhlman serves on the Ag-Land FS, Inc. board of directors.

Zone C – Dennis Neuhaus of Hoyleton, Ill., was elected to his first term on the Growmark Board. His five-generation family farm includes dairy and beef cattle and 1,300 acres of row crops. He and his wife Pam have three daughters, Stacey, Jenell, and Megan. Neuhaus is a member of the Gateway FS, Inc. board of directors.

Zone D – Allen Tanner of Creston, Iowa, has served on the board since 2004. He and his wife Candi farm 2,000 acres and manage a cow-calf operation. He has served on the board of New Century FS and its predecessor companies since 1989.

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