Nebraska Corn Board Elects New Officers

David City6LINCOLN, NEB. — The Nebraska Corn Board met and elected officers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year at their board meeting on Monday, August 31 at The Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln. The board met to conduct regular board business and hold election of officers.

David Merrell, District 7 director from St. Edward, Nebraska, was elected chairman. Merrell previously served as the vice-chairman of the board and has been a director on the Nebraska Corn Board since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanized Agriculture (Biological Systems Management). He and his wife, Cyndee, have three children and have been farming for over 20 years around St. Edward, located in Boone County, Nebraska.

Dennis Gengenbach, District 6 director from Smithfield, Nebraska, was elected vice chairman. Gengenbach previously served as the secretary/treasurer and was chair of the board’s biofuels committee. He has been a director on the Nebraska Corn Board since 2006.

David Bruntz, District 1 director from Friend, Nebraska, was elected secretary/treasurer. Bruntz previously served on the board’s biofuels committee and has been a director on the Nebraska Corn Board since 2013.

Tim Scheer, District 5 director from St. Paul, Nebraska, will now serve as the past-chairman of the board. Scheer has been a director on the Nebraska Corn Board since 2007.

“It’s an honor to be elected chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board,” said Merrell. “This organization represents an industry that is vitally important to our state and we are fortunate to have farmer leaders and staff members who are extremely dedicated to it. I look forward to working with the board, staff and industry leaders to continue the positive momentum of Nebraska’s corn industry in the areas of market development, research, promotion and education.”

“On behalf of the board, I want to thank Tim for his dedication and efforts over the past years of serving as chairman and Alan Tiemann for serving as past-chairman,” added Merrell. “Both of these farmer leaders have contributed substantial time, shown great commitment, and brought innovative ideas to our industry over the last three years.”

The Nebraska Corn Board is funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/2 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research, promotion and education.

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Editor’s Note: Pictures of the 2015-2016 officer team, can be found on the Nebraska Corn Board’s Flickr page, under the “2015-2016 Nebraska Corn Board” set (Click Here).

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