(Posted Wed. Jun 26th, 2013)
This article and podcast are the seventh in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.
June 26: As he will complete his first term of service on the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board in September, Jon Holzfaster is running for reelection and a second term helping develop policy to guide the association. A native Nebraskan, Holzfaster provides unique perspective when balancing issues involving the interaction between the livestock and ethanol markets.
Holzfaster decided to run for reelection to the Corn Board because he strongly believes in NCGA’s grassroots vision and focus. He is proud to have played a small role in the organization’s successes since 2002 and looks forward to working toward greater accomplishments in the future.
“In order to be an effective leader, you have to be familiar with the organization which you have been chosen to lead,” said Holzfaster. “You have to be receptive to your fellow board members, staff and, most importantly, the membership base. At NCGA, I have found that it is key to listen to the membership and the staff and to apply the things that you have learned in the past. For almost nine years, I have been picking up the nuances at NCGA and, by applying these along with what I learn from listening, I can play an active role in developing solutions that lead us forward as an organization.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Holzfaster believes that he can and does provide the leadership and vision necessary for continued positive change and for evolution within the industry. To do so, he aggressively promotes and supports the corn industry’s two largest customers, ethanol and livestock.
“I strive to see the ‘big picture’ and avoid rash decisions that may create unintended consequences. With leadership experience ranging from local civic groups to state and national commodity representation, I absorb all sides of a discussion before stating my opinion. ”
Holzfaster owns and operates the same farm in southwest Nebraska that his family has for three generations. On their farm, they produce corn, popcorn, soybeans, dry edible beans, wheat and alfalfa. Together, his family also operates a 1,000-head non-commercial feed yard that utilizes feed produced on the farm.
To listen to the full interview with Holzfaster, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 17 Corn Congress session in Washington.