Board Overview

Board Structure

Board Structure

Our Board includes 12 customer-elected Directors and three Board-appointed Directors. Elections are held annually for open governance positions. The appointed Directors are selected based on specific areas of expertise and to address unique Board requirements.

Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

At Farm Credit Services of America, our core values of honesty and integrity are at the heart of everything we stand for and are reflected in everything we do. By pledging to follow ethical practices, we reaffirm our commitment to serve the long-term interests of our customers. Every action and business decision is driven by these values. The Board of Directors has adopted a Code of Ethics.

FCSAmerica Directors uphold these values through Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics Policies, which define expected actions and behavior. All Directors and employees are expected to conduct their official duties in a professional manner, and avoid conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and the appearance of impropriety with Directors, employees, customers and others who conduct business with Farm Credit Services of America. This commitment starts with our Board of Directors. Our Directors are proactive and focused on strategic and operational excellence that aligns with the best interests of our member-customers.

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Board Responsibilities

Board Responsibilities

The Board is responsible for overseeing and interacting with senior leadership. Through their experience and knowledge, they exercise sound judgment on key aspects of our business including strategic planning, leadership development and succession, operating performance, compliance and stockholder value.

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Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

We continually review corporate governance guidelines to ensure they align with financial services industry best practices. In fact, as a privately held cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America’s Board has proactively implemented changes to its structure and business practices to align with financial industry standards. The Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its fiduciary and oversight responsibilities.

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Phil Bamesberger

Phil Bamesberger
Indianola, NE

Bamesberger has a family farming operation that includes a variety of crops and hay, a cow-calf herd, feedlot and a hog confinement business. He also has a real estate business. Bamesberger is president of the Red Willow County Farm Bureau, vice-president of the Red Willow County Adjustments Board and was recently elected to the Peace Lutheran Church Board of Elders in McCook. He was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective April 1, 2019; his current term ends March 31, 2023.

Robert Bruxvoot

Robert Bruxvoort
New Sharon, IA

Bruxvoort is president of Bruxvoort Ag, Inc., a family farming operation, and a partner in Madison Pork, L.L.C., a contract hog-finishing business. Bruxvoort was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2008; his current term ends March 31, 2022.

Jeff Burg

Jeff Burg
Wessington Springs, SD

Burg was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board. Burg raises corn, soybeans, small grains and alfalfa and has calving and beef feedlot operations. He also serves as treasurer on the South Dakota Corn Growers District 7 Board, is a US Meat Export Federation Representative for South Dakota Corn, president of Springs Country Club Board and a member of the Wessington Springs Township Board. His term began May 1, 2019, and runs through March 31, 2021.

Tom Farwell

Tom Farwell
Humboldt, NE

Farwell operates a family farm, raising corn, soybeans, wheat and brome hay. An Angus cow-calf herd supplies feeders, and additional feeders are purchased for finishing. Farwell is president of the Nebraska Gideon’s Southeast Camp. Farwell was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective April 1, 2018; his current term ends March 31, 2022.

Steve Henry

Steve Henry
1st Vice Chairperson
Nevada, IA

Henry is an owner and manager of Henry Land II, L.L.C., a family farm business, and a partner in LongView Farms, a farming partnership. He serves on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. Henry was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2011; his current term ends March 31, 2023.

Nick Hunt

Nick Hunt
Atlantic, IA

Hunt is president of Hunt Bros., Inc., a family farm corporation, and Clan Farms, Inc., a beef cattle feedlot. He is manager and partner in Hunt Land, L.C., a family agricultural land holding company, and a partner in Hunt Investment, L.C., a holding company for family investments in stocks and bonds, and Horizons Partnership, a family agricultural business. Hunt serves on the CattleFax Board, Cass County Hospital Foundation Board and is the chair for the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa Advisory Board. Hunt was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2007; his current term ends March 31, 2021.

Nick Jorgensen

Nick Jorgensen
Ideal, SD

An appointed Director, Jorgensen owns and operates Jorgensen Land and Cattle Partnership with his father, cousin and uncle. The family grows multiple crops, has a registered Angus cow herd and commercial Angus bull operation, and provides guided pheasant hunts. Jorgensen was appointed to the FCSAmerica Board effective April 1, 2016; his current term ends March 31, 2020.

Jim Kortan

Jim Kortan
Brookings, SD

An appointed Director, Kortan is a retired partner with Deloitte and has a background in information technology, strategic planning, risk management, internal control, regulatory compliance and business process improvement. He is president of LJK Investment Group. He was appointed to the FCSAmerica Board effective April 1, 2015; his current term ends March 31, 2023.

Rick Maxfield

Rick Maxfield
Lyman, WY

Maxfield is a general partner in Maxfield Ranch. The multigenerational family business includes a cow-calf and backgrounding operation. The family also grows hay. Maxfield serves on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council and the Bridger Valley Electric Association Board. He was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective April 1, 2015; his current term ends March 31, 2023.

Cris Miller

Cris Miller
Spearfish, SD

Miller is president of Miller’s Crow Creek Ranch, L.L.C., a family ranching business with a commercial cow-calf operation, a backgrounding operation and feed crops. He serves on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council and as president of the Butte Electric Cooperative, Inc., Board. He was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2012; his current term ends March 31, 2020.

John Reisch

John Reisch
Howard, SD

As president of Reisch Farms, Inc., Reisch raises corn, wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, and has cattle-feeding and cow-calf enterprises. He serves on the Howard Township Board, Howard Industries, Inc. Board, and South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Board. He chairs the Cattle Feeders Council. Reisch was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2008; his current term ends March 31, 2022.

Jon Van Beek

Jon Van Beek
Primghar, IA

Van Beek has a family farm operation raising corn and soybean seed and is a partner in D-Nine, Inc., custom feeding hogs. He is an elder for Zion Lutheran Church. Van Beek was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2009; his current term ends March 31, 2020.

Susan Voss

Susan Voss
North English, IA

Voss is secretary and treasurer of BS Farms, Inc., a family corn and soybean operation, and is a certified public accountant at TD&T CPAs and Advisors, PC, providing consulting, audit, accounting and tax services. She currently heads-up the firm’s Ag-Group. Voss serves on the Farm Credit Foundations Board of Directors and Plan Sponsor Committee and is a member of the Oskaloosa Branch of Altrusa and Iowa Women in Agriculture. She previously held the following positions: vice president, executive committee member, and business unit director with TDT CPAs and Advisors, PC. Voss was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective April 1, 2014; her current term ends March 31, 2022.

Mark Weiss

Mark Weiss
Omaha, NE

An appointed Director, Weiss is the chief information officer with NTT Security (US), Inc. He has senior leadership experience with organizations engaged in the business of healthcare, gas and water utilities, telecom, financial services and software development. During the past five years, he served as chief information officer for Solutionary, Inc., and executive director for Nebraska Medicine. He was appointed to the FCSAmerica Board effective April 1, 2014; his current term ends March 31, 2022.

Jennifer Zessin

Jennifer Zessin
Board Chairperson
Madison, NE

Zessin and her husband have a farm operation raising corn and soybeans. She has past business experience in banking, human resources and internal auditing. Zessin serves on the National Farm Credit Council Board of Directors, AgriBank District Farm Credit Council and is treasurer for Trinity Lutheran Church and School. She was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2009; her current term ends March 31, 2020.

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