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Checkoff report - October 3, 2018

CMPM now accepting grant proposals for corn research

LANSING, Mich. — The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) is accepting grant proposals for corn research for 2019. Proposals are due Nov. 20 by 5 p.m.

In the interest of moving the entire industry ahead, CMPM has worked with the Michigan Corn Growers Assoc. (MCGA) to define the needs of the state corn industry. By working together and leveraging the talents of both boards, both organizations are better able to serve the interests of Michigan’s corn growers.

Proposals will be reviewed by the CMPM board of directors, which is made up of corn producers from across the state. The projects selected for funding will be announced in February 2019. Projects are sought that meet one or more of the following priorities:

•Enhancing the value of Michigan’s corn industry through new and expanded corn markets and value-added uses

•Supporting research that looks at corn production systems that are sustainable, protective of the environment and economically feasible

•Supporting research that improves the financial future for farm families and businesses

The 2019 Request for Proposals can be accessed online at

For answers to questions, contact Natalie Rector at or 517-668-2676.

Miller elected to board of directors for U.S. Grains Council

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana Corn Marketing Council Board member Josh Miller was elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). USGC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but has a full-time presence in 13 key markets around the world and operates programs in more than 50 countries.

Miller will serve until July 2019. He is the fifth generation to work on his Madison County farm near Anderson. The farm produces 850 acres of corn with additional acreage in soybeans. His passion to expand U.S. export markets for corn inspired him to seek a position on the USGC board.

A world traveler, Miller served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked overseas as a finance officer for Lockheed Martin. He is the second Hoosier elected as a board member to the Council, which was launched in 1960.

Miller’s wife, Jennifer, is a veterinarian for Elanco Animal Health and they have two children.

Commodity Classic releases 2019 schedule of events

ORLANDO, Fla. — Commodity Classic has released its tentative schedule for the 2019 show slated for Feb. 28-March 2 in Orlando. Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused educational and agricultural experience.

The 2019 schedule includes extended trade show hours, allowing attendees to spend even more time with the wide array of exhibitors on the huge trade show floor. A full slate of educational sessions will provide information on a wide range of critical topics important to America’s farmers.  The Main Stage on the trade show floor returns in 2019 and will offer a full slate of outstanding presentations from agribusiness leaders, well-known ag personalities and other speakers.

The popular General Session, which typically features an inspirational speaker and commodity association leaders, is scheduled for that Friday morning. Other scheduled events include What’s New and Mini What’s New sessions, which feature emerging services and technologies, and awards banquets and policy development sessions for the sponsoring commodity associations.

Commodity Classic also offers plenty of opportunities to network with thousands of fellow farmers from across the nation and around the world. The 2019 Commodity Classic will conclude on Saturday night with the Evening of Entertainment, which traditionally features a nationally known performer.

A detailed outline of educational sessions, speakers and events for 2019 will be available this fall. To view the 2019 schedule and stay updated on the latest information, visit and sign up for email updates.

Seven elected as Iowa Soybean Assoc. directors

ANKENY, Iowa — Seven farmers were elected in August to advance the competitiveness of the Iowa soybean industry as directors of the Iowa Soybean Assoc. (ISA).

Brent Swart of Spencer was newly elected as District 1 director and will serve a three-year term. Farmers reelected were: April Hemmes, Hampton (District 2); Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg (District 3); Robb Ewoldt, Davenport (District 6); Jeff Jorgenson, Sidney (District 7); Pat Swanson, Ottumwa (District 9); and Tim Bardole, Rippey (At-Large).

Iowa farmers were also elected to state and national leadership positions at the September meeting of the board of directors. Those tapped to serve as ISA officers were: Bardole, president-elect; Ewoldt, treasurer; Dave Walton of Wilton, secretary; and Randy Miller of Lacona, executive committee.

Lindsay Greiner of Keota accepted the gavel as president and welcomed the newly elected state soybean leaders to their key posts. ISA directors also reelected Wayne Fredericks of Osage and Dean Coleman of Humboldt as directors of the American Soybean Assoc.