Sad news was announced recently by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. Gary Lamie, 53, West Point, passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb. 22 and was laid to rest on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Lamie was very active in farm organizations, particularly commodity groups. He had just assumed the reins of leadership of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council from past president Mike Shuter, Frankton, late last year. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council is the group that is responsible for operating and overseeing the corn check-off in Indiana.
Indiana Prairie Farmer spoke to Lamie earlier this year about the program. His comments about the future for the Council appeared in a story in the February issue. He indicated he looked forward to a bright future for the Council.
Poor yields leading to fewer donations prompted the story. The checkoff is a set amount per bushel, not based on a percentage of corn price. So with fewer bushels, even at higher prices, the Council will take in less money of the 2012 crop year. However, Lamie indicated that the Council had anticipated the concern as far back as late summer, and had taken steps to hold the budget in check without harming key programs supported by the Council.
Jane Ade Stevens, executive director of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, issued a statement on Feb. 24 indicating that those tied to Gary through his efforts in commodity groups statewide and even nationally were saddened to learn of his passing. He was past president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Currently, he was also serving as vice-chairman of the National Corn Grower's Association Research & Business Development Action Team.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen.
The Indiana Prairie Farmer article in February also outlined recent accomplishments of Purdue University students in developing and exploring new uses for corn. Lamie was very involved in the student development program. He also routinely hosted groups at his farm, both students and adults.