“The Wisconsin Farm Bureau family is hurting as we learn of the passing of former WFBF President Jim Holte.
Jim was a dear friend and mentor to many, me included. He was extremely personable, appreciated meeting new people and gaining new experiences. He was a life-long learner and was the type of person who took the time to get to know you. He loved farming and enjoyed being around people who shared the passion.
Jim served 24 years on the WFBF Board and spent seven years as president before retiring in 2019. He also served on the American Farm Bureau Board from 2015-2019.
Jim was an advocate for agriculture both on the state and national level. As a farmer and graduate of UW-River Falls, Jim understood the need to bring issues pertinent to farms and rural Wisconsin to those who needed to hear them.
He took great pride in being the voice for so many and never took for granted his role of making sure farmers were at the table for the discussions they needed to be.
Above all else, Jim was strong in his faith and a true family man. His love for his wife Gayle, their daughters and grandchildren were part of many conversations. He brought his values of family and leading with kindness to the Farm Bureau. We are grateful for every ounce of time and effort Jim gave to Farm Bureau and his thoughtful leadership.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau sends its deepest condolences to Gayle and the entire Holte family. Jim was an exceptional person and a mindful leader who will never be forgotten.”
A full obituary can be found here.