GOVERNANCE ELECTIONS

Customer elections are held annually for members of our Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Explore 2020 races.

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2020 ELECTION OVERVIEW

Directors are elected annually on a staggered basis. Nominating Committee members are elected to a one-year term annually. Directors elected in this election will begin their terms on April 1, 2020.

Eligible voters as of December 31, 2019, will be mailed ballots on February 21, 2020, and may vote online or by mail.

Ballot submission deadline:

  • March 13, 2020
  • 12 p.m. Central Time

Ballots must be received by this date and time to be counted.

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Race 1: 4-Year Term


Steve Henry

Steve Henry

Nevada, IA

Birth Year: 1961

Business Experience: We are a multi-generational farm raising seed corn, seed beans, commercial corn and commercial beans. We also provide farming, detasseling and pesticide application services

Association Business Relationships with Family Members: Laurie Henry (spouse), Scott and Eric Henry (sons), Henry Corp., Longview Farms, and Henry Land II, LLC (farm and land ownership businesses)

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University (ISU), The Executive Program for Ag Producers program through Texas A & M University, and Executive Leadership Coaching Program, Farm Credit System Premier Governance Series and Farm Succession Coordinator certifications

Current Boards: Farm Credit Services of America (Association) Board vice chairperson and AgriBank District Farm Credit Council member


Strategic Planning/Direction: Strategic planning is necessary to keep our businesses focused, looking to the future and casting a vision. As a producer and director for several organizations, I have been involved in the strategic planning process, its implementation, measurement and evaluation on a continuing basis.

Corporate Governance: Leadership, development and accountability are keys to the success in achieving our business goals. I have been blessed to serve in a variety of leadership roles for my church, my family, my community, and at the Association.

Financial Reporting: Integrity within the financial reporting system is crucial to monitoring the safety, soundness and performance of our organizations. Having served as chairperson of the Association Board Audit Committee, I understand how critical accuracy in financial reporting is to maintain the trust of the Association’s customer-stockholders. On our farm, we use managerial accounting and accrual budgeting to aide our decision making.

Business Technology: We use technology daily on our farm (cloud accounting and recordkeeping, variable rate prescriptions, GPS systems, etc.). Our farm serves as new technology test cooperators for several established agribusinesses and we have also supported several start-up businesses to develop new technologies in recordkeeping, plant growth and process improvement.

Risk Management: My varied leadership experiences and training have helped me better understand how emotions affect decision-making and the willingness to take risks. Within our operation, we use many diversified tools to offset risks.

Talent Management: As directors and business owners, we must continually strive to create a culture that is rewarding and creates the opportunities for everyone to improve and develop their skills. I was privileged to serve on the Association’s CEO search committee and currently serve on the Human Capital Committee.

Susan Voss, CPA

Susan Voss, CPA

North English, IA

Birth Year: 1964

Business Experience: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with TD&T CPAs and Advisors, PC with over 30 years specializing in Agriculture and our own farming operation

FCSAmerica Business Relationships with Family Members: Robert J. Voss, husband and BS Farms, Inc., wholly owned farm corporation

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from University of Northern Iowa, CPA licensed to practice in Iowa, and nearing completion of the Farm Credit System Premier Governance Series certification

Current Boards: FCSAmerica Director


Strategic Planning: I have been active in the FCSAmerica Strategic Planning process. This is not a new concept to me. Planning, setting goals, giving vision to the future as well as implementation of those plans is important to our farm operation, my firm, and the Boards and clients I have had the honor to work with. My background in agriculture encompasses many strategic planning sessions and implementation plans designed to accomplish goals in a meaningful way for those I serve as a Board member and professional, as well as my family and community.

Corporate Governance/Organizational Leadership: I have training and experience in each of these areas. I am Vice President of our family farm corporation and have been Vice President and Executive Committee member of a Top 300 CPA firm. I have one year experience on the FCSAmerica Governance Committee and have gained an understanding of its roles and responsibilities. I have witnessed the structure of FCSAmerica’s leadership team in action and appreciate their commitment to their roles.

Financial Reporting: This is a natural fit given my experience as a CPA. I was an Audit Partner for many years. I am confident and enjoy the challenge of unraveling the information provided with good financial reporting and am comfortable digesting the financial strength of the Association. This skill-set helps me contribute to decisions made to assure the safety and soundness of FCSAmerica.

Business Technology: I consider myself to be technologically savvy. Each of the roles I play, farmer, CPA and Board member, require that I am able to use technology effectively and efficiently. I embrace the data that is available due to developing and advancing technology and the part FCSAmerica plays in the Farm Credit System as a whole. Because of these skills and the related financial reporting skills, I have had the opportunity to have input into the groundbreaking MagnifyTM product rolling out this winter. I am a user and supporter.

Risk Management: My knowledge, experience and training support my understanding of how FCSAmerica evaluates and addresses risk. I understand why other Associations desire to share the tools our Association has mastered. I’ve held positions on other Boards, participated with client and volunteer Boards as a professional and with farm families to help determine ways to help mitigate risk in their agribusinesses, organizations and family operations.

Human Resource Management: I have had training and experience in this area in my role as a CPA as well as an FCSAmerica Board member and serving on other Boards. I understand we are only as good as the people that represent us. We must be competitive in the market to hire and retain team members that fit the culture while considering cost and continually growing our pipeline of developing leaders. This is my third year as a member of the FCSAmerica Human Capital Committee. During this past year the committee and the Board participated in the transition of one FCSAmerica President and Chief Executive Officer and the hiring process for the next. This was both challenging and rewarding.

Race 2: 4-Year Term


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Al Batschelet

Milford, IA

Birth Year: 1964

Business Experience: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with TD&T CPAs and Advisors, PC with over 30 years specializing in Agriculture and our own farming operation

FCSAmerica Business Relationships with Family Members: Robert J. Voss, husband and BS Farms, Inc., wholly owned farm corporation

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from University of Northern Iowa, CPA licensed to practice in Iowa, and nearing completion of the Farm Credit System Premier Governance Series certification

Current Boards: FCSAmerica Director

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Strategic Planning: I have been active in the FCSAmerica Strategic Planning process. This is not a new concept to me. Planning, setting goals, giving vision to the future as well as implementation of those plans is important to our farm operation, my firm, and the Boards and clients I have had the honor to work with. My background in agriculture encompasses many strategic planning sessions and implementation plans designed to accomplish goals in a meaningful way for those I serve as a Board member and professional, as well as my family and community.

Corporate Governance/Organizational Leadership: I have training and experience in each of these areas. I am Vice President of our family farm corporation and have been Vice President and Executive Committee member of a Top 300 CPA firm. I have one year experience on the FCSAmerica Governance Committee and have gained an understanding of its roles and responsibilities. I have witnessed the structure of FCSAmerica’s leadership team in action and appreciate their commitment to their roles.

Financial Reporting: This is a natural fit given my experience as a CPA. I was an Audit Partner for many years. I am confident and enjoy the challenge of unraveling the information provided with good financial reporting and am comfortable digesting the financial strength of the Association. This skill-set helps me contribute to decisions made to assure the safety and soundness of FCSAmerica.

Business Technology: I consider myself to be technologically savvy. Each of the roles I play, farmer, CPA and Board member, require that I am able to use technology effectively and efficiently. I embrace the data that is available due to developing and advancing technology and the part FCSAmerica plays in the Farm Credit System as a whole. Because of these skills and the related financial reporting skills, I have had the opportunity to have input into the groundbreaking MagnifyTM product rolling out this winter. I am a user and supporter.

Risk Management: My knowledge, experience and training support my understanding of how FCSAmerica evaluates and addresses risk. I understand why other Associations desire to share the tools our Association has mastered. I’ve held positions on other Boards, participated with client and volunteer Boards as a professional and with farm families to help determine ways to help mitigate risk in their agribusinesses, organizations and family operations.

Human Resource Management: I have had training and experience in this area in my role as a CPA as well as an FCSAmerica Board member and serving on other Boards. I understand we are only as good as the people that represent us. We must be competitive in the market to hire and retain team members that fit the culture while considering cost and continually growing our pipeline of developing leaders. This is my third year as a member of the FCSAmerica Human Capital Committee. During this past year the committee and the Board participated in the transition of one FCSAmerica President and Chief Executive Officer and the hiring process for the next. This was both challenging and rewarding.

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Race 1


Joe Lucas

Bedford, IA

Growing up in southwest Iowa, most of my real-life education came from helping in my father’s veterinary practice and the family farm. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Iowa State University, I returned to southwest Iowa where I have lived and worked my entire life. Currently, I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments and have worked in the financial and insurance industry for many years. I have also owned a retail business and I am currently on the board of the Bedford Housing Association, CHI Corning Hospital, Pursuit of Independence, the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce and the Clarinda Kiwanis Club.

W. Dave Roberts

Missouri Valley, IA

I manage our family farms in Pottawattamie, Harrison, Crawford and Shelby counties in southwest Iowa and we raise Angus stock cows. I also sell life and health insurance. I attended business and financial classes at the University of Nebraska-Omaha while operating a life and health insurance sales office and have attended many continuing education classes related to insurance and finance. I currently do not serve on any boards.

Race 2


Curtis Bates

Deep River, IA

Growing up in southwest Iowa, most of my real-life education came from helping in my father’s veterinary practice and the family farm. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Iowa State University, I returned to southwest Iowa where I have lived and worked my entire life. Currently, I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments and have worked in the financial and insurance industry for many years. I have also owned a retail business and I am currently on the board of the Bedford Housing Association, CHI Corning Hospital, Pursuit of Independence, the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce and the Clarinda Kiwanis Club.

Jeff Burkley

Geneva, IA

My agricultural business operations currently include row crop corn and soybean production, contract market hog feeding, and a seed and chemical dealership. I have an Associate of Science degree from North Iowa Area Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University in addition to participating in leadership and personnel management training courses. I am a certified crop advisor. I currently serve on the Franklin County Historical Society Board and the Franklin County Pheasants Forever Board in addition to serving on the current the Association’s Nominating Committee.


Cast your ballot by 12 p.m. Central Time on March 13, 2020.