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.

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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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Board Elections

Board Elections

Directors are elected annually on a staggered basis. Nominating Committee members are elected to a one-year term annually. Candidates elected in this election will begin their terms on April 1, 2024. Eligible voters as of December 15, 2023, will be mailed ballots on February 27, 2024, and may vote online or by mail.

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Jeff Burg

Jeff Burg
Wessington Springs, SD

Burg is president of Firesteel Ranch Corporation, which includes calving and beef feedlot operations and raising corn, soybeans, small grains and alfalfa. Burg was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board effective May 1, 2019; his current elected term ends March 31, 2025.

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Jason Frerichs
Wilmot, SD

Frerichs owns and operates a diversified family farming operation raising soybeans, corn, wheat, and alfalfa, as well as a cow-calf and yearling operation. Frerichs was elected to the Board effective April 1, 2022; his term will end on March 31, 2026.

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Shane Greckel
Bloomfield, NE

Greckel is the owner of Greckel Farms LLC is the owner of Greckel Farms LLC, a family farming operation raising corn and soybeans with a cow-calf herd and feeder-to-finish feedlot. He serves on the Nebraska Information Technology Commission and is the vice chair of the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission. Greckel was elected to the Board effective April 1, 2023; his current term ends on March 31, 2027.

Steve Henry

Steve Henry
Nevada, IA

Henry is an owner and partner in LongView Farms, a farming partnership, the owner and manager of Henry Land II, LLC, the owner and president of Henry Corp., and an agent for SLV Farms, a farming and land ownership business. He also serves on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. Henry was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2011; his current term ends March 31, 2027.

Nick Hunt

Nick Hunt
Atlantic, IA

Hunt is partner of Hunt Bros., Inc., a family farm corporation, and Clan Farms, Inc., a beef cattle feedlot. He is manager in Hunt Land, LC, a family agriculture land-holding company; a partner in Hunt Investment, LC, a holding company for family investments in stocks and bonds; Horizons Partnership, a family agricultural business, manager of Hunt Legacy Farms, L.C., a family agriculture land holding company. Hunt was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2007; his current term ends March 31, 2025.

Nick Jorgensen

Nick Jorgensen
Board Chairperson
Ideal, SD

An appointed stockholder 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 Board effective April 1, 2016; his current term ends March 31, 2024.

Duane Kristensen 

Duane Kristensen
Minden, NE

Kristensen is President of Kristensen Enterprises, LLC and Gran Boi, LLC which includes a cow-calf operation as well as corn, soybean and potato crops. He is retired from Chief Industries Ethanol Division as their General Manager/Vice President. Kristensen was elected to the Board effective April 1, 2022; his term will end on March 31, 2026.

Rick Maxfield

Rick Maxfield
Lyman, WY

Maxfield is a general partner in Maxfield Ranch. The multi-generational family business includes a cow-calf and backgrounding operation. The family also grows hay. Maxfield also serves on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. He was elected to the Board effective April 1, 2015; his current term ends March 31, 2027. Maxfield previously served on the Board from 2004 to 2006.

Cris Miller

Cris Miller
Spearfish, SD

Miller is owner of Miller’s Crow Creek Ranch, L.L.C., a family business with a commercial cow-calf operation, a backgrounding operation and feed crops. He also serves on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. Miller was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2012; his current term ends March 31, 2024.

Dana Morgan 

Dana Morgan
Vice Chairperson
Corning, IA

Morgan is the commercial ingredient manager for New Balance Commodities, a division of BALANCE4WARD, cattle feeding company that provides ingredient solutions and business management systems. He and his wife operate Morgan Land & Cattle Company, cow-calf and cattle feeding operation. He is co-owner of Morgan Brothers LLC, a land holding company, and owns Bragg & Morgan LLC, a rental property business. He also has a farming partnership with Turner Farms Partnership. Morgan was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board effective July 1, 2020; his current elected term ends March 31, 2025.

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. Van Beek was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2009; his current term ends March 31, 2024. Van Beek previously served on the Board from 1995 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2003.

Susan Voss

Susan Voss
North English, IA

Voss is the vice president, secretary, treasurer and director of BS Farms, Inc., a family corn, soybean, hay and cow-calf operation, and chair of BS Lands, LLC, which holds real estate. Susan is a certified public accountant and has over 35 years of business experience in tax, audit, and consulting services for small to medium size family farm operations, agribusinesses, and a variety of other business entities. She is currently the controller for Ralston Construction, Inc., and its related entities. Voss was elected to the Board effective April 1, 2014; her current term ends March 31, 2026.

Mark Weiss

Mark Weiss
Denver, CO

An appointed Director, Weiss is the chief information officer with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a not-for-profit power supply cooperative. His background is in information technology and risk management, and he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Additionally, Weiss completed the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Cyber Risk Oversight Program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. During the past five years, he has served as an executive with Smart Energy Water, and as the chief information officer for NTT Security (US), Inc. Weiss was appointed to the Board effective April 1, 2014; his current term ends March 31, 2026.

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Bill Yates
Elkhorn, NE

An appointed Director, Yates has over 35 years of experience in both public accounting and in leading treasury, accounting, budgeting and strategic planning, acquisition integration, and financial risk management functions. He is retired from TD Ameritrade where he held senior financial positions including treasurer and as a managing director of finance. He also manages family farm real estate in Hall County Nebraska. Yates was appointed to the Board effective April 1, 2023; his current term ends March 31, 2027.

Jennifer Zessin

Jennifer Zessin
Madison, NE

Zessin and her husband have a farming operation raising corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa, and they own Zessin Farms LLC, and 3Z Equipment LLC. She has past business experience in banking, human resources, and internal auditing. Zessin also serves on the National Farm Credit Council Board of Directors, AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. Zessin was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2009; her current term ends March 31, 2024.

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