The Farm Credit Council Board of Directors Elects Curtis Hancock as Board Chairman

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Curtis Hancock of Fulton, Kentucky has been elected Chairman of the Board of The Farm Credit Council, the national trade association representing the institutions of the Farm Credit System. Tony Wilkie of Forrest City, Arkansas has been elected Vice Chairman.

At its recently completed organizational meeting, the Board of Directors of The Farm Credit Council elected Curtis Hancock of Fulton, Kentucky as Board Chairman and Tony Wilkie of Forrest City, Arkansas as Vice Chairman.

Hancock has farmed since 1975 and operates a 5,000-acre farm that produces corn, soybeans and wheat. He is Chairman of the Board of River Valley Ag Credit and also serves on the Boards of FCCServices, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Council, and AgFirst Farm Credit Bank. He has served on the Council Board since 2003.

Wilkie owns a rice, soybean and wheat family farm in the Mississippi Delta of eastern Arkansas. He is also the owner of a drainage supply business serving agriculture, state and local governments, and construction in the state of Arkansas. Wilkie is also a member of the Board of Directors of AgriBank Farm Credit Bank and is a past Board member of Farm Credit Midsouth.

The Farm Credit Council Board elected the following directors to join Hancock and Wilkie on the Council’s Executive Committee:

  • Mary Fritz, immediate past Chair of the Council Board. She is the owner and operator of a dry land grain and cow/calf operation in Chester, Montana and also a member of the Board of CoBank.
  • Kim Vanneman, of Ideal, South Dakota. She and her husband own and operate a diversified farming operation including row crops, small grains, finishing feeder pigs and a commercial beef cow herd. She is the current Chair of the FCCServices Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Farm Credit Services of America.
  • Jimmy Dodson, of Robstown, Texas. Dodson grows cotton, corn and milo, and operates a seed sales business. He is also Vice Chairman of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas.

The Farm Credit Council was established in 1983 by the leadership of the Farm Credit System to ensure that Farm Credit institutions have an advocate for their interests before Congress and federal agencies. To be eligible to serve on the Council board, an individual must be a director of a Farm Credit System institution. The twenty-three member board is elected from across the Farm Credit System, ensuring that the views of all System institutions are reflected in the policy positions adopted and advocated by the Council.

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The Farm Credit Council is the national trade association representing the institutions of the Farm Credit System. The Farm Credit System is a federally chartered network of borrower-owned lending institutions comprised of cooperatives and related service organizations. Its mission is to provide sound and dependable credit to American farmers, ranchers, producers or harvesters of aquatic products, their cooperatives, and certain farm-related businesses. For more information on The Farm Credit Council, visit http://www.fccouncil.com.

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