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Minnesota Wheat Council Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors

Minnesota Wheat Council Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors

September 23, 2019

The Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council is seeking candidates for three positions on its board of directors. Members of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council are elected to direct Minnesota wheat checkoff dollars to benefit wheat producers.

Board members must be wheat producers willing to serve as leaders and advocates for the Minnesota wheat industry and to work to improve industry profitability and viability. To be considered, a person must have shared in the profits and risk of loss from producing wheat during the current or preceding marketing year.

Directors are elected to serve three-year terms, and the board meets approximately six times throughout the year. The following positions are open:

Area 1 Representative: One (1) Position open: No Incumbent, open position
Area 1 includes the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake and Roseau.

Area 2 Representative: One (1) Position open: Incumbent is Mark Jossund, Moorhead.
Area 2 includes the counties of Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Traverse, Wilkin, Aitkin, Becker, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kanabec, Lake, Mahnomen, Morrison, Norman, Pine, St. Louis, Todd and Wadena.

Area 3 Representative: One (1) Position open: Incumbent is Scott Lee, Benson.
Area 3 includes all counties south of Traverse, Grant, Douglas and Todd counties.

To become a candidate in the election, please contact MN Wheat or MN Department of Agriculture for the nomination paperwork. Their contact information is below. Nomination deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019.

Council elections will be held at multiple polling locations throughout Minnesota. These locations will be in conjunction with the Small Grains Update meetings the week of January 7-10, 2020 and January 20, 2020.  Alternatively, eligible producers can request an absentee ballot by December 3, 2019. Request a ballot by calling the MWRPC office at 218.253.4311, emailing, or by calling the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at 651.201.6013.  Absentee ballots need to be returned with a postmark of December 19, 2019.

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Charlie Vogel
MN Wheat Executive Director