Farm Credit Customers to Elect Five Directors This Fall

Ten farmers have been nominated to fill five Board of Director positions at Farm Credit Mid-America, one of the largest agriculture lending cooperatives in the nation.

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Louisville, KY (PRWEB) September 24, 2012

Ten farmers have been nominated to fill five Board of Director positions at Farm Credit Mid-America, one of the largest agriculture lending cooperatives in the nation serving more than 95,000 farmers and agribusinesses throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Ballots were mailed to voting members last week who have until October 12 to cast their ballots.

“One of the core values of a cooperative is customers have an equal say in decisions that impact how their association is run. Those decisions are voiced through their elected representatives underscoring the importance of participating in the election process,” said George Stebbins, chair of Farm Credit’s Board of Directors.

The board is comprised of 16 elected directors – four from each state the association serves. Two independent directors also serve on the board. Directors meet monthly to set policy and provide overall direction for the association. Board terms are four years and one position per state is up for election each year. This year, a fifth position with a two-year term, is on the ballet due to a vacancy left by Farm Credit Director Ernie Diggs of Tennessee who was elected to serve on the AgriBank Farm Credit Bank’s Board earlier this year.

On the same ballot, customers will elect members to the 2013 Farm Credit Nominating Committee. This committee is comprised of 20 members – five members from each state the association serves. Representatives of the Nominating Committee will meet next June to select candidates for the 2013 elected positions.

Here are the candidates:

Indiana 4-year term

Dan Arnholt of Columbus

Dan is a grain farmer where he is president of Sudan Farms, INC. Dan holds a degree in Agriculture Economics from Purdue University. He retired from Bartholomew County REMC. For 22 years, Dan served as the Treasurer of AgrIInstitiute (President for one year) and is a director at CENTRA Credit Union. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of CAPCO, Inc. He also is President of the Bartholomew Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission.

Kevin Cox of Brazil

Kevin is a grain production, cattle and hay farmer and is President and Owner of TST Farms INC. and TST Trucking LLC. He also owns a land holding business, TST LLC. Kevin is serving as Parke County REMC Director. He retired from Parke County Farm Bureau after 26 years of membership, 16 of which he was President. Kevin served on the Parke County Extension Board, the Clay Community Schools Ag Advisory Committee and the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. Kevin is the board incumbent and has served in that capacity since 2008. He serves as the board’s Vice-President.

Kentucky 4-year term

John Kuegel, Jr. of Owensboro

John is a dairy and grain farmer. He received a degree in animal science from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee (past state chair), the Daviess County Farm Bureau (director and immediate past president), the Kentucky Farm Bureau (District 2 chair), the Daviess County Extension Board and the Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club (past president). He is a former state president of the Kentucky FFA. John currently serves on the Owensboro Farm Credit Advisory Committee.

Jimmy Mays of Scottsville

Jimmy is a cattle, hog and catfish farmer. He retired from Tri County Electric Cooperative in 2005. He is a member of the American Angus Association, the Allen County Beef Club and Kentucky Farm Bureau. Jimmy is the board incumbent and has served in that capacity since 2000.

Ohio 4-year term

Lowell Hill of DeGraff

Lowell is a grain farmer, where he is owner of Lowell Hill Farm. He received a degree in Agriculture Education from the Ohio State University. Lowell is currently a 41 year employee of Thomas & Marker Construction where he is General Superintendent. Lowell is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Soybean Association and the American Soybean Association. He currently serves on the Bellefontaine Farm Credit Advisory Committee.

Bill Patterson of Chesterland

Bill owns and operates Patterson Farms, PFF, Inc. and Orchard Hills Inc. He received a degree in Agriculture Economics from the Ohio State University. Bill is a Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau and member of Ohio Produce Growers Marketing Association. He is the board incumbent and has served in the capacity since 2004.
Tennessee 4-year term

Donald Blankenship of Murfreesboro

Donald’s farm operation consists of cow-calf pairs, grain, vegetables and custom farming. He received a degree in Agribusiness from Middle Tennessee State University. He has past board experience serving in other organizations including Farm Bureau (local director), Tennessee Young Farmer and Rancher (Vice-President and Treasurer) and Mid-State Producers (Secretary and Treasurer). Donald is the board incumbent and has served in that capacity since 2008.

Russ Carmichael of Riceville

Russ’s farm operation consists of dairy, poultry, grain and hay. He received a degree in Agriculture from Middle Tennessee State University. Russ is a Director with Volunteer Energy Cooperative. He is also a member of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau and Dairy Farmers of America. Russ currently serves on the Farm Credit Advisory Committee in Athens.

Tennessee 2-year term

Hugh Adams of Dresden

Hugh is a grain production farmer. He holds a degree in agriculture and business from Mississippi State University. He recently retired from the Tennessee Farm Bureau, where he served 35 years as a Field Service Director. Hugh was involved in the Weakley County Farm Bureau as a director and has been a member of the Tennessee Soybean Association and Tennessee Corn Growers Association for more than 25 years. He serves as a director for the West Tennessee River Basin Authority and currently sits on the Dresden Farm Credit Advisory Committee.

Larry Jones of Oakland

Larry is a hay and cattle farmer where he is owner of Jones Farms and manager of Sycamore Farms. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a retired battalion chief from the Shelby County Fire Department. This year he is serving as the Assistant Vice-President of the National Hay Association, in which he has also been director. Larry was also previously director of the Shelby County Farm Bureau and currently sits on the Somerville Farm Credit Advisory Committee.

About Farm Credit Mid-America

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is a $19 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 96,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating equipment and housing and related services such as crop insurance, and vehicle, equipment and building leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit them on the web at http://www.e-farmcredit.com.


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