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GROWMARK Director Elections Announced

GROWMARK, Inc., Bloomington, Ill., announced the results of director and officer elections, held in conjunction with the regional cooperative’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Five of the cooperative’s 16 director seats, established by geographic zone, were elected and will serve three-year terms. GROWMARK’s six established governance zones cover all of North America; there are multiple directors per zone. One at-large director represents Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin Farm Bureaus. GROWMARK is affiliated with Farm Bureau in those states.

GROWMARK directors elected include:

Zone A – Rick Nelson of Paxton, Ill., was elected to the GROWMARK board in 1990; he has served as vice chairman of the board since 2004. He also serves on the board of directors for Ludlow Cooperative Elevator and Heritage FS, Inc. He and his wife Patricia farm more than 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans.

Zone B – Larry Garlisch of Forest City, Ill., has served on the GROWMARK Board since 2006. He has been a director of Sunrise Ag Service Company since 2002 and has served as the vice president of Fulton FS since 2000. He and his wife Nancy, along with his cousin Robert, specialize in irrigated seed corn, specialty corns, row crops, and a variety of specialty crops.

Zone C – Randy Newcomb of Ashley, Ill., has served on the GROWMARK Board since 1987. He is currently serving as president of AgriPride FS, Inc., Red Bud, Ill. and Washington County Farm Bureau. He and his wife Chris farm 5,500 acres in southern Illinois with their son, Alan.

Zone D – Allen Tanner of Creston, Iowa, was elected to the GROWMARK Board of Directors in 2004. He has been a board member of AGRILAND FS, INC. since 1989, where he has held the offices of president, vice president, and secretary. He and his wife Candi operate a 2,000 acre corn and soybean farm and manage a beef cow herd.

Zone E – Bill Hanson of Dodgeville, Wis., was elected to the GROWMARK Board of Directors in 1991. He has served on cooperative boards of Frontier FS Cooperative and its predecessors since 1974. He and his wife Nancy raise corn, soybeans, oats, and alfalfa hay on 600 acres.

The GROWMARK Board also announced its officers for 2009-2010:

Chairman of the board and president – Dan Kelley, Normal, Ill.

Vice chairman – John Reifsteck, Champaign, Ill.

Vice chairman – Rick Nelson, Paxton, Ill.

Secretary – Chet Esther, Frederick, Ill.

GROWMARK, Inc. is a regional cooperative providing agriculture-related products and services and grain marketing in the Midwest and Ontario, Canada. FS brand farm supplies and related services are also marketed to farmers in the northeastern United States and by GROWMARK subsidiaries. Additional information is available at

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