The Indiana Corn Marketing Council elected its 2014 officer team during its December board meeting. Officers are (from left) Gerald Gauck of Milan, treasurer; Dennis Maple of Greentown, president; David Gottbrath of Pekin, vice president; and Mike Beard of Frankfort, secretary
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council elected its 2014 officer team during its December board meeting. Officers are (from left) Gerald Gauck of Milan, treasurer; Dennis Maple of Greentown, president; David Gottbrath of Pekin, vice president; and Mike Beard of Frankfort, secretary

INDIANAPOLIS — Dennis Maple of Greentown was elected president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council at its December board meeting.

Also elected were David Gottbrath of Pekin as vice president, Mike Beard of Frankfort as secretary and Gerald Gauck of Milan as treasurer.

The council is responsible for investing state corn checkoff funds in programs that strengthen the demand for corn and corn products.

With its new three-year strategic plan, the board is focusing on five major areas, including ethanol, livestock, grain marketing, new uses and production issues.

Maple stepped in to fill the president role after the passing of Gary Lamie in early 2013. He has served on the ICMC board since 2007.

“As we move into the first year of a new strategic plan, I see tremendous opportunities for our corn checkoff organization to implement programs to enhance the value of the corn we raise in Indiana,” said Maple, who also serves on National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team.

“We are going to focus our efforts on areas where our checkoff investments can make the most difference to Indiana corn farmers.”