The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is making notice that applications are available for farmers interested in becoming candidates for at-large director positions. Two of the six at-large director terms will expire July 31, 2017.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents the interests of more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the ISA checkoff program and membership efforts. ISB, which is one of the entities of the ISA organization, manages and invests Illinois soybean checkoff funds.
Interested farmers must notify the ISB of their desire to become a candidate by sending a letter of interest via certified mail with return receipt requested to the Illinois Soybean Association at 1605 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704. The letter must be deposited in the U.S. mail with postage fully prepaid and postmarked no later than March 8, 2017. Letters of interest may also be sent via email to email@example.com. Same deadlines apply.
An application form will be mailed to all interested individuals upon receipt of a letter of interest. Completed applications must be returned to the same address above, and be postmarked no later than March 15, 2017. Applications may also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Same deadlines apply.
Individuals will be nominated by a majority of the ISB Board of Directors sitting in a quorum at a board meeting to be held after the March application deadline. Two of the nominated individuals will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the ISB meeting, July 27, 2017, in Champaign, Ill. No write-in provision exists for at-large director elections.
To be eligible to become a candidate, each person must be an affected soybean farmer residing in Illinois and of legal voting age. More information can be obtained by calling 888-826-4011. ISA will provide more details and seek candidates for open ISA district elections at a later date.
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 more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.