Corn Board Elects Ken Hartman Jr. to Leadership

June 15, 2023

Corn Board Elects Ken Hartman Jr. to Leadership

Jun 15, 2023

Author: Cathryn Wojcicki

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Ken Hartman Jr. to become the organization's next first vice president for the new fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2023. 


Hartman is a fifth-generation farmer who operates a grain farm along with his wife, Anita, daughter, Amanda, and mother, Joann in Waterloo, Illinois. Together, they have also raised specialty crops such as tofu soybeans and white corn, while also being early adopters of precision farming technologies. His daughter Alexis is a financial analyst for Waste Management in California and Ashley works for John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa.  


“I’m honored to serve America’s corn farmers in a new way with NCGA,” said Hartman. “I look forward to working with my fellow officers as we tackle issues that are critically important to corn growers and rural America.” 


Hartman currently chairs the NCGA Finance Committee. He also served as co-chair of the 2023 Commodity Classic committee.  


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. 


You can learn more about Hartman here. 


On October 1, Tom Haag of Minnesota becomes chairman, and the current first vice president, Harold Wolle of Minnesota, becomes NCGA president. In October 2024, Wolle becomes chairman, and Ken Hartman becomes president.