New Executive Director Named to Nebraska Corn Board As Longtime Director Announces Retirement

Kelly Brunkhorst

A successor has been named for the position of executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, following the announcement from Don Hutchens that he will be retiring from the position in July.

Hutchens announced Tuesday that his last day will be July 30, after nearly 27 years as executive director. The board of directors has selected Kelly Brunkhorst to take over the role following his retirement.

Brunkhorst currently serves as director of research for the Nebraska Corn Board and has been with the board since 2004.

"Kelly has proven to be a thorough and dedicated advocate for Nebraska corn farmers and he is extremely well qualified to lead Nebraska's corn checkoff program," said Tim Scheer, chairman of Nebraska Corn Board. "Agriculture and the corn industry are in a period of tremendous change and challenge--and our board felt it was critically important to ensure continuity in the leadership of the program and leverage the institutional knowledge that Kelly has gained to the advantage of Nebraska's corn farmers."

As director of research, Brunkhorst's responsibilities included research, grant writing, seed industry and first purchaser relations, and leadership on issues related to transportation, industrial uses of corn, domestic and international markets.

He has also represented the board on national research, production and stewardship committees.