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Davis, Burkhead new Iowa Farmers Union president, vice president 

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Date Modified: 12/06/2012 2:40 PM

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AMES, Iowa —During their state convention Nov. 17 in Ames, Iowa Farmers Union members elected a new state president.

Whitney Davis, Des Moines, will serve a 2-year term. Out-going state president Chris Petersen of Clear Lake will remain on the IFU Board of Directors as a northeast district representative.

"I am so excited by the opportunities and challenges faced by our organization," said Davis. "We have such committed and experienced advocates who have accomplished so much for Iowa's farm families over the years, and we also are welcoming a new generation of young family farmers who bring fresh energy and ideas to our work."

Davis, who works at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Des Moines, grew up on her family's farm in rural Marshall County and owns farmland in Marshall and Jasper Counties.

"The face of family farm agriculture is changing and becoming more diverse," Davis said. "We need to find a way to meet that change, while continuing to build on IFU's strong history of grassroots advocacy. I look forward to building partnerships within our organization and with other farm and rural advocacy groups that will help IFU to grow and succeed in the coming years."

The convention elected a new state vice president as well, Thomas Burkhead of Des Moines. Burkhead is a grower/operator for Grade A Gardens, a 10-acre organic-certified produce farm in Johnston, and also works and manages his family's century farm near Rockwell City.

Other board members elected by the convention include Cornelia Flora of Ames, Jerry Peckumn of Jefferson, Mary Krier of Ollie, Jerry Rosman of Harlan and Sally Gran of Nevada, who will be the Young and Beginning Farmer representative on the board.