Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Harold Wolle, Jr., is running for a seat on the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Board. Wolle, who has served on the MCGA board of directors for nearly five years, is one of six candidates vying for a position on the National Corn Board.
“After my experience with Minnesota Corn, it is a logical next step to move up to the national level,” Wolle said. “I find board service to be very rewarding, and I have a lot of experience. So I think there should be a place for me on the Corn Board.”
Wolle, who farms 1,700 acres in Madelia, has more than 40 years of leadership experience in Minnesota’s ag sector, including serving on the board for a number of local agricultural organizations. He is also a U.S. Grains Council representative for the state of Minnesota.
Wolle said he fully supports the strategic priorities of NCGA’s Corn Board, especially its work to increase demand for corn, strengthen customer and consumer trust and enhance productivity and sustainability. If elected, he believes his primary focus areas will include financial oversight and policy.
“What I really enjoy is lobbying and developing relationships with legislators so we can get the needs of corn farmers met in Washington D.C.”
All six National Corn Board candidates will be present at NCGA Corn Congress in Washington D.C. on July 19 where they will have time to address delegates before the election process begins. There are five terms expiring in 2017, meaning there are five seats up for election. If elected, Wolle would join Tom Haag, who farms in Eden Valley, as the second MCGA member serving on the Corn Board.
The other candidates are Don Glenn (Hillsboro, Ala.), Kenneth Hartman, Jr. (Waterloo, Ill.), Brandon Hunnicutt (Giltner, Neb.), Dennis Maple (Greentown, Ind.) and Gary Porter (Mercy, Mo.).