The Indiana Corn Growers Association elected nine farmer-members to serve on its board of directors during its annual meeting on Dec. 2 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Glass Barn.
Earlier this year, the ICGA board voted to change the association's districts to align with Indiana's nine Congressional districts. The goal of realigning the districts is to allow the board to stay more closely connected with legislators in each district.
"We had a great response from corn farmers across the state stepping up to not only run for board seats but also to vote in the election," said Herb Ringel, ICGA president and farmer from Wabash, Ind. "We are looking forward to coming together as a board to work on behalf of Hoosier corn farmers at the statehouse and in Washington D.C. as we move into 2015."
One farmer from each congressional district was elected during ICGA's annual meeting. Newly elected directors include:
District 1: Michael McIntire, Lowell, Lake County
District 2: Herbert Ringel, Wabash, Wabash County
District 3: Sarah Delbeeq, Auburn, Dekalb County
District 4: Michael Beard, Frankfort, Clinton County
District 5: Ralph Kauffman, Atlanta, Tipton County
District 6: Ronnie Mohr, Greenfield, Hancock County
District 7: George Morton, Lebanon, Boone County
District 8: Michael Nichols, Rockport, Spencer County
District 9: Mike Flock, Ramsey, Harrison County
ICGA held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Joint Policy Forum, co-hosted by Indiana Soybean Alliance's Membership and Policy Committee. The forum featured panels on federal, state and local issues facing farmers today, and speakers from the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, and Indiana Farm Bureau.
"We appreciated hearing from Sen. Jean Leising and Rep. Don Lehe about what might happen in the General Assembly later this winter," Ringel said. "The theme throughout the panels was that we as farmers, need to know what is happening at all levels of our government and we need to be engaged with our elected officials whether that is in our county or in D.C."