Keith Truckor, a farmer from Metamora, was elected chairman of the Ohio Corn Checkoff for 2016, during their December meeting at the Ohio Corn & Wheat office in Delaware.
Truckor has served on the Ohio Corn Checkoff board for two years, most recently as chair of the domestic demand committee. As District 1 Director he represents corn farmers in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas and Williams counties.
Putnam County farmer, Dennis Vennekotter, was elected as vice-chairman. He is in his fourth year of service and previously served on the National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Action Team. He represents corn farmers in District 4: Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties.
Doug Longfellow, beginning his fifth year on the board, will serve as secretary. Longfellow farms with his father in Darke County in addition to selling seed. As District 11 Director, he represents corn farmers in Darke, Preble and Montgomery counties.
Gail Lierer of Butler County was elected as Ohio Corn Checkoff treasurer. Lierer farms with her husband in Okeana. She is in her fourth year of service to the checkoff and she previously served as secretary. She represents corn farmers of Butler, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties in District 13.
Newly elected to serve on the state checkoff board are:
- District 3 – Lamar Liming of Mineral Ridge representing farmers in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.
- District 9 – Josh Yoder of Plain City representing farmers in Champaign, Delware, Logan and Union counties.
The Ohio Corn Checkoff board – which invests in research, market development and promotion, and education to increase corn producers’ profitability – consists of 15 directors representing specific districts.