Farmers who would like to run for a three-year-term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB), the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board (ISPOB), or the Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board (ISWMB) can now start circulating nomination petitions.
Petitions are available through the commodity organizations and at the Illinois Department of Agriculture in Springfield. The deadline to complete and return these petitions is May 15th for the Corn Marketing Board and Soybean Program Operating Board candidates, and May 31st for the Sheep and Wool Marketing Board candidates.
The local seats up for election include: District 7 on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, which includes Woodford, McLean, Dewitt, Macon, Piatt, and Moultrie counties; and District 9 on the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board, which includes Mason, Logan, Cass, Menard, Morgan, and Sangamon counties.
To be eligible, each candidate must be at least 18 years old, have produced and marketed the
pertinent commodity, reside in the district to be represented, and have submitted a valid petition by the filing deadline.
Elections for both boards will be held on July 6, 2017. Ballots can be cast at your local county extension office.
For more information, visit www.agr.state.il.us.