Press Release

Petitions Available for Illinois Soybean Board District Director Elections

March 22, 2017



Petitions Available for Illinois Soybean Board District Director Elections


BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - March 23, 2017 - Petitions are available for growers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, local University of Illinois Extension offices and the ISB office.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2017.


Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:

District             Counties in District

District 1:        Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago

District 5:        Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Tazewell

District 7:        Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion

District 9:        Cass, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon

District 12:      Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Pike, Scott

District 13:      Bond, Fayette, Marion, Montgomery


Due to the tenure provision, as specified in the soybean checkoff program, the director in District 13 (Gary Berg, St. Elmo, Ill.), is not eligible for re-election. The directors presently serving in District 1 (Paul Rasmussen, Genoa, Ill.), District 5 (Stan Born, Dunlap, Ill.), District 7 (Tom Kentner, Danville, Ill.), District 9 (Carrie Winkelmann, Tallula, Ill.) and District 12 (Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo, 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 producers from the same given district in which the candidate is seeking office.

Any person deciding to run as a write-in candidate must also meet the eligibility requirements, and submit a Declaration of Intent form to the Illinois Director of Agriculture no later than 5 p.m., June 30, 2017. Elections for ISB district directors will be held at county extension offices in the districts where vacancies exist on July 6, 2017.

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 information, visit



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Angel Terrell