INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 1, 2016) — The deadline for Indiana soybean farmers to cast their votes in the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) annual election is July 31. There are two contested races this year. Soybean farmers from the northwest and the southeast regions of the state will elect directors to ISA’s 24-member board.
The board is responsible for investing Indiana soybean checkoff funds in programs to increase the viability of Indiana soybean farmers. Currently, ISA has seven major areas of focus, including grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, consumer education, sustainability programs, and new uses for soybeans.
“The ISA board gives voices to the needs, concerns and interests of Indiana farmers as they decide how to invest the soybean checkoff funds,” said Joe Steinkamp, president of ISA and farmer from Evansville, Ind. “When farmers fill out their ballots and vote for ISA board members, they are influencing how their checkoff dollars benefit their farms and Indiana agriculture.”
ISA has contested races in two of its four districts this year. Ballots have been distributed to Indiana soybean farmers in Districts 1 and 4 by mail, and ballots must be postmarked by July 31.
The candidates from District 1 are Nancy Cline from Kirklin in Tipton County, Jeanette Merritt from Peru in Miami County and John Wildermuth from Macy in Miami County.
District 1 counties include: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lake, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Tipton, Wabash and White.
The candidates from District 4 are Chris Cherry from New Palestine in Hancock County, Mike Koehne from Greensburg in Decatur County and Phil Ramsey from Shelbyville in Shelby County.
District 4 counties include: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Perry, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Switzerland, Union and Washington.
Farmers who vote in the election of directors to the ISA Board must have grown a soybean crop within the past two years, must vote in the county they reside, and may vote once per farm entity. Farmers in these two districts who have not received a ballot can request one by calling 1-800-735-0195.
Those farmers elected in July will begin serving on the ISA board of directors in December 2016 and will serve a three-year term.
There is no formal election process for Districts 2 and 3 because of uncontested races. However, the districts did have candidates who will serve a three-year term on the ISA Board of Directors.
The candidates from District 2 are Matthew Chapman from Springport in Henry County and Elaine Gillis from Dunkirk in Jay County. District 2 counties include: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Dekalb, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Huntington, Jay, La Grange, Madison, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wayne, Wells and Whitley.
The candidates from District 3 are Levi Huffman from Lafayette in Tippecanoe County and Craig Williams from Oaktown in Knox County. District 3 counties include: Clay, Daviess, Dubois, Fountain, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Spencer, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren and Warrick.
For full bios of each candidate, visit www.indianasoybean.com/elections or call Hannah Vorsilak, ISA Director of Education and Training at 1-800-735-0195.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, biofuels, environmental programs, and new uses for soybeans. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.
This communication was funded with Indiana soybean checkoff dollars.