Ken Hartman Jr. Elected Vice President of the National Corn Growers Association

Jun 15, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) proudly announced today the election of Ken Hartman Jr. as its next first vice president for the upcoming fiscal year, commencing on October 1, 2023. As a fifth-generation farmer and a passionate advocate for the agricultural industry, Hartman has made a remarkable impact in Illinois and will now serve as a leading voice for corn growers across America.


Hartman was a volunteer IL Corn board member for 18 years serving in leadership as Chair and President on both IL Corn Growers Association and IL Corn Marketing Board. 


Brett Randy and Ken“IL Corn is proud of Ken Hartman’s achievement today.  His decades of visionary leadership and passion representing Illinois farmers and IL Corn will be a great asset for National Corn Growers Association and we’re excited for him to advocate for nationwide corn farmers,” says Matt Rush, ICGA President and farmer in Southern Illinois.


Hartman, along with his wife Anita, daughter Amanda, and mother Joann, operates a successful grain farm in Waterloo, Illinois. Beyond their primary crops, the Hartman family has ventured into specialty crops like tofu soybeans and white corn, showcasing their innovative and forward-thinking approach. By embracing cutting-edge precision farming technologies, they have paved the way for sustainable agricultural practices.


Hartman currently chairs the NCGA Finance Committee. He also served as co-chair of the 2023 Commodity Classic committee and in 2021 was honored by Prairie Farmer magazine with the Master Farmer award for his exceptional agricultural production skills as well as his commitment to family and service. 


“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.”  


As of October 1, Tom Haag of Minnesota will assume the role of chairman, and the current first vice president, Harold Wolle of Minnesota, will transition into the position of NCGA president. Looking ahead, in October 2024, Wolle will assume the role of chairman, while Ken Hartman will ascend to the presidency.