This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.
Harold Wolle brings both academic knowledge of business administration and extensive leadership experience to his service of fellow farmers. Having already served as president of his state association and on the national level, he hopes to continue his work on the behalf of his industry as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
While Wolle sees the decision to run for the Corn Board as a process that should be taken seriously given the responsibilities involved, he chose to run as it is a natural next step.
“It is never a simple, easy decision; part of the process is being asked,” he said. “So, when some of the Minnesota members asked me to run for the Corn Board this time, that was part of the process.
“I have enjoyed being the state president for Minnesota. I enjoy being involved, and it is a natural next step after serving as president of Minnesota’s association to run for the Corn Board.”
Having served in numerous capacities at the state and national level, Wolle has been involved in all of the various functions of a board. From hiring and firing to developing and implementing strategic plans and providing financial oversight, his experience has provided him with insight into the qualities essential for effective leadership.
“First and most importantly, I expect a Corn Board member to be honest, ethical and to conduct themselves with integrity,” Wolle explained. “I also expect them to be loyal. I expect them to be effective communicators too, which includes being a good listener.”
As he appreciates the time NCGA has put into developing its new strategic plan and values the quality of the plan created, he would place a high priority in achieving the goals it outlines.
When asked to provide any further information he hoped that the delegates would know entering the election, he focused on the approach to service he would take if elected.
“I value direct communication,” he concluded “I collaborate when I am in a leadership position, and I believe that boards really do function best when all of the varying voices around the table are heard and consensus is achieved. I am certainly going to work toward that end, and I would enjoy the opportunity to serve on NCGA’s Corn Board.”
Wolle owns 1,700 acres and rents the tillable ground to his son, Matt, for farming as part of the operations transition plan. On this ground, Matt raises corn, soybeans and has 200 acres in the CRP program.
To listen to the full interview with Wolle, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 19 Corn Congress session in Washington.
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