The Texas Wheat Producers Board is holding its biennial election to elect five board members to fill expiring positions. The election, to be held by mail, officially begins March 23 and will conclude April 9, 2013.
Terms expiring in 2013 include Cagle Kendrick of District I, Tommy Womack of District II, Fred Dwyer of District III, Ken Davis of District of District IV, and Jack Norman, also of District IV.
Any person who is engaged in commercial wheat production in Texas is eligible to vote for the district in which they reside. This includes owners of farms and their tenants and sharecroppers if they are subject to paying the assessment that is collected on wheat within the following counties:
--District I: Dallam, Sherman, Ochiltree, Lipscomb, Hansford, Roberts, Moore, Hartley, Hutchinson, and Gray.
--District II: Carson, Potter, Oldham, Deaf Smith, Randall, Armstrong, Briscoe, Swisher, Castro, Parmer, Hale and Floyd.
--District III: Childress, Hardeman, Foard, Knox, Throckmorton, Haskell, Archer, Baylor, Wilbarger, Wichita, Young, and Clay.
--District IV: All other counties in Texas.
Ballots are available from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and also Farm Service Agency offices in each Texas county, local elevators, or by mail from the TWPB office between March 23, 2013 and April 9, 2013. Ballots must be mailed to the: TWPB, 5405 West I-40, Amarillo, Texas 79106, and will not be valid with a postmark date later than April 9, 2013.
Current TWPB members whose terms are not expiring are Bob Beakley of Ennis, Jody Bellah of Throckmorton, Collin Bowers of Spearman, David Cleavinger of Wildorado, Glen Gibson of Lometa, Ron Kuehler of Groom, Scott McGarraugh of Perryton, Gary Murphy of Dawson, Ben Scholz of Wylie, and Freddie Streit of Vernon.
Board members are responsible for the allocation of funds from a state-wide wheat producer assessment of two cents per bushel. These funds are applied to wheat research, education, and market development.
For more, you can call the TWPB toll-free at 1 (888) 40-WHEAT.