Recent elections for the two Wisconsin Corn Program Boards resulted in just one change at the top: Whitewater Corn Grower Casey Kelleher is the new vice president of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.
Kelleher, who is serving his third year as a WCGA director, replaces former vice president Jim Kruger, who retired from the board this winter after serving the maximum three, 3-year terms. WCGA is a membership organization that represents the interest of state corn growers in the growing and managing of corn grown both for on-farm feeding and commercial sale.
WCGA works with other organizations in areas of mutual concern, including biotech issues, sustainability, farmland preservation, conservation, and the environment. WCGA brings together corn growers to provide information and education at regional corn conferences and at the annual Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo. As part of the National Corn Growers Association, WCGA represents corn grower interests nationally and internationally and also sponsors the annual corn yield contest.
At the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board earlier this month, directors re-elected the entire executive team of President David Adams, Lake Geneva, representing district 8; Vice President Cal Dalton, Endeavor, representing district 4, and; Secretary/Treasurer Tom Gillis, River Falls, representing district 2. WCPB is a producer-elected group responsible for administering the state's corn checkoff funds, under guidelines provided by a state marketing order.
The primary objective of Wisconsin's corn marketing order, which has been in place for 30 years, is to maintain and expand sales of Wisconsin corn. This includes development of new products and markets; improving corn production, marketing and handling methods; and educational programs for producers, handlers and consumers relating to the quality or nutritive value of corn and corn products. Wisconsin's corn checkoff, which collects one-half cent for every bushel of Wisconsin corn sold, is one of the oldest checkoff programs in the country.
Source: Wisconsin Corn Growers