SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Farmers who would like to serve three-year terms on Illinois commodity boards may start circulating petitions.
Seats are available on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board and the Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.
Candidates may pick up petitions at county extension offices and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
They must be completed and returned by May 15 for the corn and soybean boards and May 31 for sheep and wool board.
Candidates must be at least 18 and have produced and marketed the commodities represented. They must also meet residency requirements and file required paperwork.
Elections will be July 2.
The boards decide which industry promotions and research projects get funded by "check-off dollars," which are assessments on commodity sales.