BLOOMINGTON, ILL.—April 15, 2013 — Petitions are available for growers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Petitions can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture, county extension offices listed below or from the ISA office by calling 888-826-4011.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2013.

Growers also have the option to be a write-in candidate.  The deadline to request a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate is 5:00 p.m. on June 25, 2013.  Letters of request should be sent to IDOA, Attn. Bob Reese, POB 19281, Springfield, IL  62794-9281 or

Six Illinois districts, with counties listed, will hold director elections this year:

District 3:       Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, Whiteside

District 4:       Bureau, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle

District 6:       Livingston, McLean, Woodford

District 8:       Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Schuyler

District 15:     Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair

District 18:     Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac,

                        Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson                                         

Due to the tenure provision, as specified in the soybean checkoff program, the directors in District 3 (Rowen Ziegler, LaHarpe, Ill.), District 4 (Bill Wykes, Yorkville, Ill.), District 8 (David Niekamp, Coatsburg, Ill.) and District 15 (Lyle Wessel, Waterloo, Ill.) are not eligible for re-election.  The directors presently serving in District 6 (Rob Shaffer, El Paso, Ill.) and District 18 (Bill Raben, Ridgway, Ill.)  are each eligible to serve another three-year term.

To be eligible to serve as a director, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and a resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and be a contributor to the soybean checkoff.  Petitions filed with the Illinois Director of Agriculture must contain signatures of at least 250 (or five percent, whichever is less) of the qualified soybean producers from the district.  The number of signatures required for the current election is:  District 3, 174; District 4, 142; District 6, 154; District 8, 144; District 15, 91; and District 18, 105 signatures.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at county extension offices in the districts where vacancies exist.  Those elected will be seated for a three-year term on August 1, 2013.

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) manages and invests Illinois soybean checkoff funds in research, promotion and education programs that enhance soybean production and use and support national and international market development.  For more information, visit the website


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Amy Roady