Press Release

Illinois Soybean Board Director Elections to be Held July 7

June 28, 2016



Illinois Soybean Board Director Elections to be Held July 7


BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - June 28, 2016 - Six Illinois districts will hold elections July 7 for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Voting will take place at county 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 15 (Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties): Daryl Cates, Columbia, Ill. 


Write-in candidates are those that 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 3 (Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Whiteside counties): John Longley, Aledo, Ill.
  • District 4 (Bureau, Grundy, Kendall and LaSalle counties): Sharon Covert, Tiskilwa, Ill.
  • District 6 (Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties): James Martin, Pontiac, Ill.
  • District 8 (Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties): Dale Asher, Sutter, Ill.
  • District 18 (Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson counties): Rick Rubenacker, McLeansboro, Ill. and Sam Stratemeyer, Metropolis, Ill.

To be eligible to serve as an ISB director, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and 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 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


For more information, contact:
Amy Roady




Angel Terrell