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Commodity Board Seats Up For Election

Election season isn't over locally.


Farmers who would like to run for a three-year-term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) or the Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board (ISWMB) can now start circulating nomination petitions.


Petitions are available at county Extension offices and the Illinois Department of Agriculture in Springfield.  The deadline to complete and return these petitions is May 15th for the Corn Marketing Board candidates and May 31st for the Sheep and Wool Marketing Board candidates. 


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.


District Six of the ICMB has openings, which includes Champaign, Ford, Iriquois and Vermilion Counties.


District Six of the ISWMB has openings as well. Those counties include Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Moultrie, Sangamon and Shelby counties.


District Three has openings and those counties include Fulton and Knox Counties.


Elections for both boards will be held on July 7, 2016.  For more information, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture at (217) 524-9130 or visit our website at www.agr.state.il.us.

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