Nebraska Corn Board


P.O. Box 95107
Lincoln, NE 68509-5107
Phone: 402-471-2676
Executive Director: Kelly Brunkhorst

The Nebraska Corn Board represents Nebraska’s 21,000+ corn farmers through their investment in the corn checkoff. The Nebraska Corn Board works to promote the value of corn by creating opportunities. The Nebraska Corn Board’s foundation is based on four main pillars: market development, promotion, education and research.

Contact Information:

Kelly Brunkhorst – Executive Director – email:
Kelly works to administer the Nebraska corn checkoff. He is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the nine-member board of directors. Kelly provides regular updates to the board to assist in their decisionmaking in areas of foreign market development, domestic market demand, research, education and information sharing.

Jeff Wilkerson – Director of Market Development – email:
Jeff works to expand market development opportunities in the areas of livestock, biofuels, exports and new uses to increase usage of Nebraska corn and value-added products.

Kurtis Harms – Director of Communication – email:
Kurtis enhances the value of the corn industry through promotional and educational programs and campaigns. He strategically targets various audiences locally and nationally through various programs to help others understand and appreciate the corn industry.

Boone McAfee – Director of Research – email:
Boone is responsible for the research pillar of the Nebraska Corn Board. He works closely with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Extension to ensure Nebraska farmers have the necessary tools to grow sustainable crops. Boone’s work also focuses on new uses for corn.

Nikki Bentzinger – Business Manager – email:
Nikki is primarily responsible for accounts payable, contracts, purchasing, meeting arrangements and minutes, office management and managerial functions.

Roxie Rosenthal – Staff Assistant – email:
Roxie serves as support staff for board/office personnel; responsible for digital workflow and other administrative duties.

The Nebraska Corn Board supports research initiatives that enhance the sustainability and continued success of the state’s corn, livestock and ethanol industries. In addition, the Board strives to sustain and grow responsible livestock production in Nebraska, including all species and all sizes of operations. The Nebraska Corn Board wants to develop and nurture key partnerships and initiatives that provide a foundation for long-term growth and success of the corn, ethanol and livestock industries in Nebraska.

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Updated November 2021