Kenneth Hartman, of Waterloo, Ill., serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.
Hartman is a fifth-generation farmer, who operates a grain farm along with his wife, Anita, and mother, Joann. Together, they have also raised specialty crops such as tofu soybeans and white corn, while acting as early adopters of precision farming technologies.
On the national level, Hartman serves as the board liaison to the Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team and as the association’s representative on the National Agricultural Genotyping Center Board of Directors. He acts as the alternate delegate representing NCGA to 25 x ’25.
Prior to joining the Corn Board, he served as chairman of the Market Access Action Team, vice chairman of the Public Policy Action Team and as a member of the Biotechnology Working Group and Research and Business Development Action Team.
On the state level, Hartman is a past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and past chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. He also previously served as a member of the Corn Vision 2020 Steering Committee and chairman of Corn Vision 2020’s Production and Environment Committee.