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Nomination Petitions Open for Illinois Commodity Boards
Illinois Ag Connection - 03/17/2017

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.

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. Ballots can be cast at your local county extension office. Some offices will be closed that day including Edwards, Gallatin, Perry, and Jersey (closing at noon). If you live in one of these counties you may request an absentee ballot.

For more information, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture at (217) 524-9130 or visit our website at www.agr.state.il.us.

A list of counties holding commodity elections are as follows:

- Illinois Corn Marketing Board

District 1 -- Boone, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Will

District 4 -- Whiteside, Lee, Bureau, Stark, Marshall, Putnam

District 7 -- Woodford, McLean, Dewitt, Macon, Piatt, Moultrie

District 10 -- Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Greene, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin

District 13 -- Marion, Clay, Richland, Lawrence, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, White

- Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board

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

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

District 7 -- Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion

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

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

District 13 -- Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Marion

- Illinois Sheep & Wool Marketing Board

District 1-- Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Whiteside, Lee

District 4 -- Bureau, Putnam, LaSalle, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell

District 7 -- Madison, Bond, Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, St. Clair, Clinton, Washington, Marion, Jefferson, Clay, Wayne, Richland, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash, Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton, White, Monroe, Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski, Massac

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