Kenneth Hartman of Waterloo, Illinois, serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
Hartman is a fifth-generation farmer who operates a grain farm along with his wife, Anita, mother, Joann, and daughter, Amanda. Together, they have also raised specialty crops such as tofu soybeans and white corn while acting as early adopters of precision farming technologies. His daughters Alexis and Ashley are both currently in college.
On the national level, Hartman serves as the Corn Board liaison to the Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team, on the Finance and Governance Committees and as an alternate representative to the Waterways Council, Inc. He also serves as a member of the Commodity Classic Committee. He will co-chair Commodity Classic in 2023. Hartman was honored by Prairie Farmer magazine with the Master Farmer award in 2021 for his exceptional agricultural production skills as well as his commitment to family and service.
Previously, he served as the board liaison to the Corn Productivity and Quality and Stewardship Action Teams, as the association’s representative on the National Agricultural Genotyping Center Board of Directors and as the alternate delegate representing NCGA to 25 x ’25.
Prior to joining the Corn Board, he served as chairman of the Market Access Action Team, vice chairman of the Public Policy Action Team, and a member of the Biotechnology Working Group and Research and Business Development Action Team.
On the state level, Hartman is a past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and past chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. He also previously served as a member of the Corn Vision 2020 Steering Committee and chairman of Corn Vision 2020’s Production and Environment Committee.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents approximately 40,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 50 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.