Jim Holte has been reelected to a sixth one-year term as the president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance Company. Holte raises beef cattle and grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 460 acres of land near Elk Mound in Dunn County.
Holte was first elected to the WFBF Board of Directors in 1995 to represent District 9 on the board. District 9 represents the Superior Shores, Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and St. Croix County Farm Bureaus.
Holte previously served as WFBF’s representative to the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium board. He also chaired the Wisconsin Livestock Siting Review board. Holte is a graduate of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program. He served as a school board member in Elk Mound, as board member for GROWMARK, Inc., a citizen board member for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and president of the Wisconsin Beef Council.
Holte and his wife, Gayle, have two children and five grandchildren.
Don Radtke of Merrill in Marathon County was reelected to a one-year term as vice president. He represents District 8 (Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Price, Taylor and Wood counties).
Arch Morton Jr., a crop farmer from Janesville in Rock County, was re-elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 2 (Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green Rock and Sauk counties).
Joe Bragger of Independence in Buffalo County was re-elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 4 (Buffalo, Trempealeau, Lacrosse, Jackson, Monroe and Eau Claire Counties counties).
Rosie Lisowe of Chilton in Calumet County was re-elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 6 (Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties).
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 and WFBF’s Promotion and Education Committees, both of which serve a one-year term on the board.
Andrea Brossard of Burnett in Dodge County was elected to a one-year term as the representative from the Promotion and Education Committee on the board. She succeeds Rosalie Geiger from Manitowoc County.
Brian Preder of Weyauwega in Waupaca 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 Husmoen of Trempealeau County as YFA Chair.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Board Directors who were not up for reelection are: Dave Daniels of Union Grove in Kenosha County, Richard Gorder of Mineral Point in Iowa County; Kevin Krentz of Berlin in Waushara County; Adam Kuczer of Pulaski in Shawano County.