(Posted Wed. Jun 29th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the third in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.


John Linder places a high value on paying the gifts bestowed by one’s predecessors. By giving his time and efforts, he hopes to help create a greater opportunity for families in agriculture as a member of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board. 


 “For me, it is all about giving back,” he said. “Agriculture has been so good to us, and my family has been able to enjoy farming for many years. We feel very bullish about agriculture still and love farming. The opportunity to give back and see a future for our children is motivation enough.”


Seeing NCGA as a premier commodity association with solid grassroots leadership, Linder would place dedication to the greater effort, integrity in service, collaboration with respect and a thoughtful attention to detail in his work to deliver value to all members. His prior experience with the Ag Credit’s loan committee helped him develop a skill set that recognizes the issues facing farmers. With his deep understanding, along with his spiritual beliefs, he would be a steadfast advocate for U.S. corn farmers willing to listen and serve the breadth of those the association represents.


“Leadership doesn’t mean that you know every detail about every topic; leadership is the ability to bring everyone together to further a purpose,” Linder explained. “For me, it is about responsibly bringing out all of the talent in the room to improve a decision-making process. Leadership isn’t about being the smartest person in the room. It is about bringing people together to achieve common goals.”


Linder, along with his brother, Mike, and wife, Cheryl, runs a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed in central Ohio. In addition to traditional row crop farming, he also has livestock experience.


Currently, Linder chairs the NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. At the state level, he previously chaired the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Board of Directors and served as a member on the Ag Credit Co-op Board. Linder is a graduate of both Leadership At Its Best and the Advanced Leadership program.


To listen to the full interview with Linder, click here.


The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 20 in Washington.