Jim Holte has been re-elected to a fifth one-year term as the president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance Company.
He was also re-elected to a three-year term on the WFBF board representing District 9 (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Iron, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and St. Croix counties). Holte was first elected to the WFBF Board of Directors in 1995 and has served on the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2015.
Holte raises beef cattle and grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 460 acres near Elk Mound in Dunn County. Holte and his wife Gayle have two children and five grandchildren.
Don Radtke of Merrill in Marathon County was elected vice president and re-elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 8 (Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Price, Taylor and Wood counties).
Adam Kuczer, a heifer raiser and crop farmer from Pulaski in Shawano County, was elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 7 (Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca Counties). He succeeds Wayne Staidl of Peshtigo in Marinette County.
Nine of the 11 members of the WFBF board of directors are farmers elected in each of Farm Bureau’s nine districts. These nine individuals also make up the board of directors for the Rural Mutual Insurance Company. Rounding out the WFBF’s board are the chairs of WFBF’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee and WFBF’s Promotion and Education Committee, both of which serve a one-year term on the board.
Rosalie Geiger of Reedsville in Manitowoc County was re-elected to a one-year term as the representative from the Promotion and Education Committee on the board.
Derek Husmoen of Galesville in Trempealeau County was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee and will serve as the representative on the board. He succeeds Derek Orth of Stitzer in Grant County.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Board Directors who were not up for re-election are: Dave Daniels of Union Grove in Kenosha County, Arch Morton, Jr., of Janesville in Rock County; Richard Gorder, of Mineral Point in Iowa County; Joe Bragger of Independence in Buffalo County; Kevin Krentz of Berlin in Waushara County; and Rosie Lisowe of Chilton in Calumet County.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization, made up of 61 county Farm Bureaus and representing farms of all sizes, commodities and management styles. WFBF provides legislative representation, public relations, leadership development and services to farmers across the state.
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