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2012-02-08 / Farm & Ranch

Checkoff referendum passes, directors elected

The referendum held by the Texas Corn Producers Board in January to increase the statewide assessment amounts of corn and silage passed by more than the required two-thirds vote. Additionally, in the tenth statewide election since TCPB became a statewide entity in 1990, five board members were elected or re-elected in the organization's biennial elections held in conjunction with the referendum. Each person elected will serve a six year term, or until the year 2018.

Corn producers voted in favor of a checkoff assessment of up to $0.074 per ton of silage and $0.01 per bushel of corn, which is produced and sold in Texas, to be collected and submitted to TCPB, effective June 1, 2012.

"This is an encouraging step for producers," TCPB Chairman Scott Averhoff said. "This assessment will allow the board to continue serving the industry with research, education and promotion that is essential to corn producer profitability, while compensating for reduced acreage and higher operating costs from when the original assessment was determined in 1980."



David Ford of Dumas and Bart Thoreson of Gruver were re-elected to their seats in Voting Region One, which encompasses the Northern Panhandle. Scott Averhoff of Waxahachie was re-elected to his seat in Voting Region Three that reaches from northeast Texas to El Paso. Additionally, Jay Beckhusen of Buckholts was elected to serve his first term as a TCPB director from Voting Region Three. Charles Ring of Sinton was re-elected to his seat in Voting Region Four, which covers the Coastal Bend.

Prior to the elections, TCPB divided the state into five separate "voting regions" so board members would more closely represent the corn interests of a particular region of the state. Likewise, all Texas corn producers would have representation on the board. As there are 15 board seats on TCPB, the voting regions are designed for each seat to represent 1/15th of the total corn production in Texas as reported by the Texas Crop Reporting Service.

The Texas Department of Agriculture ratified the results of the referendum and elections.

The five board members will be sworn in on April 3, 2012 during TCPB's quarterly board meeting in Lubbock by Lance Williams, Texas Department of Agriculture.

News releases and legal notices on the referendum and elections were sent to all major newspapers in the state. The voting period was from Jan. 9-23, 2012.

The next election will be in 2014 with five seats up for election.

The Texas Corn Producers Board is a statewide board funded by a voluntary checkoff program. Checkoff funds are used for research, education and promotion to further the corn industry in Texas, and to create better marketing opportunities for producers.

For more information, visit www.TexasCorn.org or contact Communications Director Stephanie Pruitt at stephanie@texascorn.org.

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