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Illinois Soybean Board Director Elections to be Held July 6

July 05, 2017


Illinois Soybean Board Director Elections to be Held July 6

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – July 5, 2017 - Six Illinois districts will hold elections July 6 for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Voting will take place at county University of Illinois Extension offices during regular operating hours in districts where vacancies exist.  All eligible soybean farmers and checkoff contributors are encouraged to vote.

“Voting is an easy way to not only show encouragement for a candidate, but also for the association that your checkoff dollars are supporting,” says Lynn Rohrscheib, ISB vice-chair and soybean grower from Fairmount, Ill. “You will be making a choice on who will represent you and your concerns as a district.”

Official candidates announced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture include:

  • District 12 (Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Pike and Scott counties): Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo, Ill.
  • District 13 (Bond, Fayette, Marion and Montgomery counties): Edward Murphy, Farmersville, Ill.

Write-in candidates are those people who sent in a notarized letter of intent to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, but did not garner the signatures required to be an official nominee. Write-in candidates this year include:

  • District 1 (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties): Paul Rasmussen Jr, Genoa, Ill.
  • District 5 (Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam and Tazewell counties): W. Stan Born, Lovington, Ill.
  • District 7 (Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion counties): Tom Kentner, Danville, Ill.
  • District 9 (Cass, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan and Sangamon counties): Carrie Winkelmann, Tallula, Ill.

To be eligible to serve as an ISB 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.

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB), through the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program, funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit


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