You have until July 31 to mail in ballots for elections to the Nebraska Soybean Board. Elections will be held in Districts 3 and 6.
District 3 consists of Butler, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. Richard Bartek of Ithaca, the current District 3 director, is seeking re-election. The other candidate for this district is Jeff Shaner of Ft. Calhoun.
District 6 comprises Fillmore, Jefferson, Gage, Saline, Seward and Thayer counties. Greg Peters is the current board director and is seeking re-election. Marc Hroch of Wymore also is a candidate for District 6.
Ballots will be mailed out to soybean producers in these two districts, according to Victor Bohuslavsky, executive director of the Nebraska Soybean Board.
Those voting, to have a valid vote, must sign and print their full name and hometown on the ballot envelope. The ballot must be postmarked by July 31. Eligible producers who do not receive a ballot by July 18 can call 402-466-1969 to request one.
The elected directors will serve a three-year term, beginning Oct. 1, 2012, and ending Sept. 30, 2015.
Results of the elections will be announced in August.
The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds of the national soybean checkoff. That checkoff is one-half of 1% times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff dollars are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, and new uses for soybeans and soybean products.