Governance Elections

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

2023 ELECTION OVERVIEW

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, 2023.

Eligible voters as of December 31, 2022, will be mailed ballots on February 21, 2023, and may vote online or by mail.

Ballot submission deadline:

  • March 15, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Race 1: 4-Year Term


Billie Danner

Billie Danner (Nominating Committee Nomination)

Residence and business in West Liberty, Iowa

Birth Year: 1964

Occupation: Farming
Danner Family Grain is a family operation in partnership with my children, Payton and Gracie. Our east-central Iowa farm has been in our family since 1948, when my grandparents moved their farming operation across the Mississippi River from Illinois. Once rooted in cattle production, our farm has evolved into a specialty corn- and soybean-focused operation, currently producing all non-GMO corn and beans. Additionally, we manage hog barns on contract and retain a small cow herd.

Education:
Michigan State University, Animal Science
Kirkwood Community College, A.A.S. Beef Production

Current Leadership:
Family Farms Group Advisory Committee
Consumers Co-op Board of Directors
West Liberty FFA Alumni & Supporters
TruAcre Advisory Board


WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
I want to give back to a great organization that has been an integral part of my career in agriculture for many years. I believe I have the financial and business experience in agriculture to bring value, wisdom and experience to the Board. Our family farming operation has been progressive and forward-thinking, earning respect for our integrity and involvement in our community. It would be an honor to serve other family farming operations in a leadership position with Farm Credit Services of America.

EXAMPLE OF A LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT PREPARED ME FOR A POSITION ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
My commitment to leadership in agriculture began at a young age as president of our local FFA chapter and then president of the National Junior Chianina Association board. Over the years I have served on local church, Muscatine County Fair, Farm Service Agency and several commodity boards. I currently serve in several advisory positions for local agricultural companies and cooperatives. What prepares me most for this position is the national network of producers I have relationships with — learning from one another is our greatest asset.

BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Strategic Planning: Besides serving on many different boards, in our own operation, we have been proactive in conducting a yearly SWOT analysis, adjusting our business plan and evolving our businesses to remain profitable. Over the years, we have been able to pivot both business and production strategies to adapt to an ever-changing business environment. We leverage many resources to help with our strategic planning, which also includes a very sound annually reviewed succession and transition plan to the next generation.

Corporate Governance: As our family farm has grown, our need to implement robust processes has expanded. Standard operating procedures, safety protocols and human resource processes have set our farm up for success, growth and continuity. I have also served on several boards of local businesses and cooperatives.

Financial Reporting: Financial performance has always been a key focus area as a farm manager. I strive to create a business that can weather tough markets and external pressures. Annually, we conduct historical performance reviews to pinpoint key opportunities in our balance sheet, cash flows and ratios to then set our direction for future execution. We collect our books on both a cash and accrual basis to gain true insights from the production year. We also benchmark with local and nationwide production agriculture peers to ensure we stay competitive.

Business Technology: We are always pursuing new technology or software that helps us run our business more efficiently and effectively. We have implemented a project and process management tool, Trello, to coordinate and manage tasks and equipment servicing. We invested in solar arrays that can produce nearly all of our needed energy, and we conduct energy audits and have made multiple efficiency enhancements.

Risk Management: We work with a risk management firm using crop insurance, futures, options, Hedge-to-Arrive contracts and cash sales, which are integrated to track our profitability per acre on a daily basis. We have always leveraged value-added crops and practices to add a premium on every bushel we produce. Additionally, our irrigation and fertigation management play as risk management tools in our crop production. Contract feeding hogs adds an additional level of risk mitigation for our operation.

Talent Management: As a small family operation, we rely on many professionals externally to optimize with technology, accounting, tech support, tax and succession planning, agronomy and more in order to be successful. Internally, we have developed a rigorous process for hiring, including assessments to evaluate for a culture and job responsibilities fit. I have a great deal of experience managing employees, as well as recruitment and developing young talent from our local FFA program. In addition, I have experience supporting local co-ops and businesses in hiring management and leadership for their organizations.

Steve Henry

Steve Henry (Nominating Committee Nomination)

Residence and business in Nevada, Iowa

Birth Year: 1961

Occupation: Farming
We are a multigenerational farm raising seed corn, commercial corn and soybeans. We provide farming, detasseling and pesticide application services to a variety of customers.

Education:
Iowa State University, B.S., Agriculture
Texas A&M, The Executive Program for Ag Producers
Executive Leadership Coaching Program
FCCS Premier Governance Series (PGS) Certification
International Farm Transition Network, Farm Succession Coordinator Certification

Current Leadership:
Board Chair, Farm Credit Services of America (Association or FCSAmerica)
Partner, LongView Farms
Manager, Henry Land II LLC
Manager, SLV Farms LLC
Owner/President, Henry Corp.
Finance Committee, Cornerstone Church of Ames


WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
I want to continue to help Farm Credit Services of America be a vital organization that serves its current customers and the next generation of farmers and ranchers with excellence. My experiences have prepared me to help the Association succeed during challenging times and be ready to adapt to the changes that lie ahead.

EXAMPLE OF A LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT PREPARED ME FOR A POSITION ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
As the current chairperson of the FCSAmerica Board, while also being the leader of our family’s expanding multigenerational farm, I have had the opportunity to lead in financial decision making, strategic planning, budgeting, capital expansions, risk management, acquisitions and CEO selection. I have learned to work with others as a team, and I continually work to improve my effectiveness as a leader.

BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Strategic Planning: Strategic planning is necessary to keep all businesses focused, casting a vision and looking to the future. Strategy is about the choices we make. As a producer, previous director of several organizations and as a Director on the Association’s Board, 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 of any entity seeking to achieve its goals. I have been blessed to serve in a variety of leadership roles within my church, my family business, my community and the Association. It is management’s role to deliver results, maximize efficiencies and serve members. It is the Board’s role to minimize risk by holding management accountable to policies, guidelines and performance expectations.

Financial Reporting: Integrity within any financial reporting system is crucial to monitoring a company’s safety, soundness and performance. Accuracy in financial reporting is critical to maintain the trust of our Association’s customer-stockholders. On our farm, we use managerial accounting and accrual budgeting to aid our decision making.

Business Technology: The use and role of technology is exploding in agriculture. We use technology daily on our farm (Cloud accounting and recordkeeping, variable-rate prescriptions, multiple applications, etc.). Our farm serves as new technology test cooperators for several established agribusinesses, and we have also supported several startup businesses developing 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. It is important that the Association continues to support its customers’ risk management capacity with innovative financial management tools, crop insurance strategies and flexible loan products. Within our operation, we use many diversified tools to offset risks.

Talent Management: People are the most valuable resources of any successfully growing operation. We must continually strive to create a culture that is rewarding and provides opportunities for everyone to improve and develop their skills. I was privileged to serve on the current CEO’s search committee for the Association as well as the Board’s Human Capital Committee.

Race 2: 4-Year Term


Phil Bamesberger

Phil Bamesberger (Nominating Committee Nomination)

Residence and business in Indianola, Nebraska

Birth Year: 1959

Occupation: Farming and Ranching
My wife, Janice, and I own and operate Good Shepherd LLC, a real estate entity, and Bamesberger Farms, a diversified family farming operation that includes primary crops of wheat, corn, soybeans and hay. We also have a cow-calf herd, feedlot and a hog confinement business.

Education:
UNSTA, Associate degree, Production Agriculture
Texas A&M University, The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers Unit 1 & Unit 2
Lay Leadership Institute, LCMS South Dakota District
FCCS Premier Governance Series (PGS) Certification

Current Leadership:
President, Good Shepherd LLC
President, Bamesberger Farms
Director, Farm Credit Services of America Board
Member, Nebraska Farm Bureau State Legislative Policy Committee
Elder, Peace Lutheran Church
Member, Red Willow County Farm Bureau Board
Vice President, Red Willow County Board of Zoning Adjustment
Member, Southwest Nebraska Habitat for Humanity Board


WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
I would like to have the opportunity to do even more for an organization that I am already passionate about — the future of agriculture. It would be an honor to continue to represent our members for an Association that places priorities in risk awareness, lowest-cost financing and patronage to help farms and ranches prosper for generations to come.

EXAMPLE OF A LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT PREPARED ME FOR A POSITION ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
I have held several leadership positions with nonprofit organizations, churches, local communities and within my own farming operations. I have also strengthened my leadership abilities through PGS and other training offered by the Association, which has enhanced my performance as a Director.

BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Strategic Planning: Increasing profitability and competitiveness from my operation has been a continual process of long-term strategic planning, much of which has already come to fruition. This supports the importance of strategic planning in the board room, not only for the Association, but other organizations I am involved with.

Corporate Governance: The Board Governance Committee, of which I now serve, has provided me with great insight of large corporate governance. I also have been involved with reviewing or developing governance protocol in other boards I serve on, as well as within my own operation.

Financial Reporting: The foundation of my business comes from analyzing numbers and results. Reviewing organizational performance within my business, the Association, and other boards I am involved with is the key to identifying operational productivity and awareness in areas driving organizational growth.

Business Technology: I have kept up with most technology advancements in our operation with guidance, mapping prescriptions, pivot control, Google Calving Records, data-driven hog feeders and website design, to name a few. I also enjoy learning about the advancements of new technology surfacing through the Association’s innovation team and support the initiatives developing in the digital marketplace.

Risk Management: I minimize my risk by utilizing professional consultants, advisors, insurance teams and input management. I have also participated in various risk training sessions that identify cyber security and long-term risk management oversight.

Talent Management: Retention, compensation, and development with my full- and part-time employees is the key to performance and productivity in my operation, especially in an evolving, limited and competitive talent marketplace. I also have experience and training through the Association Board’s Human Capital Committee on which I formerly served.

Shane Greckel

Shane Greckel (Nominating Committee Nomination)

Residence and business in Bloomfield, Nebraska

Birth Year: 1985

Occupation:  
I am a proud fifth-generation farmer in northeast Nebraska. My family, along with my own farm, have diversified and grown to raise corn and soybeans, along with a growing herd of cow-calf pairs and a feeder-to-finish feedlot. In addition to my farming duties, I am a commissioner with Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission and Nebraska Information Technology Commission. My wife and I also show our Clydesdales from time to time throughout the showing year.

Education:
Northeast Community College, Systems and Networking Design
Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy

Current Leadership:
Owner, Greckel Farms LLC
Commissioner, Nebraska Information and Technology Commission (NITC)
Commissioner, Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission (NRGC)


WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Farm Credit Services of America has been my primary lender since I started farming and my family’s principal lender. This longevity and commitment to agriculture by both my family and Farm Credit Services of America has been a key driver to continue to better the ag industry. I look back on my experience in production ag coupled with my leadership experience in both state government and industry, and I feel I could give back and provide a different perspective to Board discussions for the Association and its great membership.

EXAMPLE OF A LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT PREPARED ME FOR A POSITION ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Leadership roles on my farm have included all aspects of strategic decision making from marketing to personnel. My time as a commissioner has afforded the experience of serving in a chair capacity and a panel member. Serving within NITC, there have been many projects that have been presented, some of which I have supported and others I have not. The greatest experience I have taken away from boards has been the ability to discuss and agree/disagree with the board and continue to a unified verdict.

BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Strategic Planning: Strategic planning is critical in any business, and my farm and operation are no different. Defining goals for day-to-day operations, along with long-term goals, and sharing them with team members has proven beneficial for employee retention and a faster business growth model. Planning on state committees is much the same. When looking for long-term effectiveness, integration with other agencies is critical, all while keeping the focus on serving the public or Farm Credit Services of America members.

Corporate Governance: Corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a company’s management, its board, its shareholders and other stakeholders. Company policy and structure are set within this framework. My experience is directly related to the NRGC in this exact format, where the board was tasked with creating an entire new gaming industry in the state. Defining a code of ethics and a framework for the new agency to conform to have been an ongoing project. Communication and participation are key.

Financial Reporting: My duties on-farm and serving on commissions have always been to create benchmarks to measure success, and evaluate lessons learned and past performance. I have structured my farming operation around defined responsibilities of individual duties. Local control with an understanding of intent allows for faster and better decisions by those encountering problems. I have significant experience in financial reporting to the state in the form of audits and accountability, and disclosure for various commissions.

Business Technology: Business technology has always been a strong area of interest for me. Going back to my college days majoring in computer programming and systems design, my goal has always been to incorporate technology into agriculture. Technology has been a driver in my operation from aspects of increasing production to addressing challenges in labor on the farm. The second stage of business technology for me comes in forms of service to the state. Designing and implementing structures for state servers for cross agency use.

Risk Management: Risk management is key for the growth of any institution, being fiscally conservative tends to lead me to more safe and trusted maneuvers. That being said, on-farm risks need to be calculated to achieve growth. For instance, in 2021 a local grain and feed store was offered for sale. Making the extra grain storage purchase was a risk with good return on assets for future use. Business and fiscal plans also need to have accountability, having a second party to all documents is a method I use to maintain integrity.

Talent Management: Human resources are a challenge for all aspects of business. My time as a commissioner and owner of my own farming and ag business has offered many insights on the challenges and opportunities for retaining and rewarding individuals who are key to the success of the operation. Hiring and defining job roles have been a central part of my duties for both farm and my role as a commissioner.

Race 3: 4-Year Term


Rick Maxfield

Rick Maxfield (Nominating Committee Nomination)

Residence and business in Lyman, Wyoming

Birth Year: 1957

Occupation: Ranching
My wife, son and daughter-in-law, and my brother and sister-in-law have a ranch and farm operation, including a cow-calf operation, backgrounding calves and growing hay.

Education:
Attended Utah Technical College
FCCS Premier Governance Series (PGS) Certification

Current Leadership:
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Board
Member, District Farm Credit Council Board
Member, Bridger Valley Electric Association Board


WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Farm Credit Services of America is the reason our family ranch is still in the family. For this reason, I want to continue to serve on the Board of Directors. I feel very strongly about doing all I can to support and fulfill the Farm Credit Services of America mission, which is to support rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. I also want to make sure future generations will always have food grown and raised in the United States of America.

EXAMPLE OF A LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT PREPARED ME FOR A POSITION ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Since joining the Farm Credit Services of America Board, I have represented the State of Wyoming on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council, which is responsible for lobbying on behalf of agriculture and the Farm Credit System with legislators across the United States. I feel that just being on the Farm Credit Services of America Board has helped me prepare to be a leader in many ways. I have had many opportunities to participate in conferences, meetings and training with other directors throughout the United States, and that has helped me listen and learn.

BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Strategic Planning: I had the opportunity to attend the Lewis and Clark Experience, PGS training, which gave me a whole new perspective of leadership. I tried to imagine myself in the unknown places they discovered and how they continually led others into uncharted country. My favorite part of strategic planning is getting to witness the results after a strategic planning session. For example, making products and services like AgDirect® equipment financing, Rural 1st® consumer real estate financing, crop insurance products and FarmLend® real estate resources and applications available have been very beneficial for Farm Credit Services of America customers.

Corporate Governance: I previously served three years on the Governance Committee, which was very educational for me to study and update policies as our company continues to grow and be profitable. The election process has also been very educational for me. I had the opportunity to serve on the Nominating Committee for AgriBank, FCB, as well as hiring two Farm Credit Services of America CEOs while serving on the Association’s Board.

Financial Reporting: My knowledge of financial reporting has grown by serving and learning on the Association and other boards, as well as the school of hard knocks on the family farm and ranch. I had experience developing cash budgets, updating balance sheets and refinancing debt to keep our operations growing and profitable. In my experience, having a strong financial plan for the Association has allowed the Association Board to approve an annual patronage program and provide competitive products to better serve our members.

Business Technology: I do not consider myself to be very tech-savvy, yet I cannot believe how much my operation depends on it for nearly all of our major decisions. I seem to figure out what is needed for my Association Board meetings and can find the answers to most all of my questions. Where would we be without technology — from GPS to emails and everything in between.

Risk Management: I must say that the Association Board Business Risk Committee is my all-time favorite. I can understand why other Farm Credit System associations desire to use our tools when it comes to risk management. I believe Farm Credit Services of America is second to none when it comes to risk management. It is because of the investment we continue to make in our technology and overachieving employees. That being said, I feel we sometimes need to take a little more risk when it comes to those we serve. I always remember someone once took a chance on me.

Talent Management: I have completed human capital training through the PGS program. It confirmed my feelings that you get what you pay for if you want the best employees and executive team. You have to be proactive on all pay structures that are out there — short-term incentives and long-term incentives. If you try to be the best company out there, the best people will come. Remember, no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

Ron Rabou

Ron Rabou (Nominating Committee Nomination)

Residence and business in Albin, Wyoming

Birth Year: 1972

Occupation: Farming
Organic farm raising flax, chickpeas, proso millet, hemp for grain and hard red winter wheat, plus a cow-calf operation we run on additional acres. In conjunction with the farm, we also run a big game hunting operation for mule deer, antelope and elk. I have written two books, and I am a professional speaker and consultant, primarily in the areas of organic agriculture and family farm transition.

Education:
University of Wyoming, B.S., Agricultural Business
Laramie County Community College, A.S., General Agriculture

Current Leadership:
Owner/President/CEO, Rabou Farms Inc.
Owner/Manager, Rabou Land Company LLC
Owner/Principal, RonRabou.com
Author and Public Speaker
Co-Owner/President, Black Canyon Outfitters Inc.
Board Member, University of Wyoming College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources
Board Member/Chairman Membership Development Committee, American Society of Agricultural Consultants
Member, Laramie County Community College Ag Advisory Committee
Monthly Columnist, Wyoming Tribune Eagle
Member, Cheyenne Rotary Club


WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Based on my experience, I bring a fresh perspective to what is largely a traditional industry. As the ag industry continues to evolve and change, and as the age of producers continues to increase, we must engage these challenges purposefully and effectively, all while embracing and encouraging the involvement of a new generation and new ideas to help shape our future. In addition, Farm Credit Services of America has been instrumental in helping us establish and grow our farm. After the untimely death of my father when I was 26 years old, my wife and I made the difficult decision to leave the family ranch and venture out on our own to attempt to build a farm. Without a strong and understanding financial partner, it would have been impossible for us to achieve what we have. I believe our experience will help provide valuable insight to Farm Credit Services of America’s vision.

EXAMPLE OF A LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT PREPARED ME FOR A POSITION ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
I served as the chairman for the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board. During those years, we established numerous valuable educational programs, created a new cooperative alliance between both entities, built new facilities, grew the foundation’s endowment and developed alliances with the community, legislature, students, faculty and staff.

BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Strategic Planning: When I left the family ranch, it was a century-old company struggling financially that resisted any form of change. Gaining my independence meant that the success of what I had relied solely upon me. I developed a philosophy of embracing change, taking calculated risks and understanding the changing demands of consumers. These three pillars have been instrumental to our operational success.

Corporate Governance: When I served on the local community college board, we used a policy governance model, meaning we oversaw the policies of the institution. In addition, we provided direction and management of the multimillion-dollar operational budget, the president, and the master plan and long-term vision. My tenure taught me the necessity for flexibility and the value of keeping pace with industry and governmental changes.

Financial Reporting: Building our business mostly from scratch has taught me an enormous amount about organization and finances. Since our stumbling beginnings, we have created more structure and financial stability for our farm and our other businesses by conducting periodic reviews, building financial models, and purposefully mapping vision and progress.

Business Technology: Staying informed and educated about how to use technology is more important than it has ever been, but adopting new technologies without the willingness to embrace the knowledge of how to use it can create more harm than good. While technology is a tremendous benefit, we must also be extremely careful that the information it holds and how it is used is appropriately guarded and protected.

Risk Management: Breaking the mold of family tradition and venturing on our own to build a farm and purchase nearly all the land, equipment, storage and infrastructure, all while developing positive cash flow was an enormous risk we took nearly 20 years ago. While the journey has not been easy, we have gained tremendous insight about how to evaluate risk and persist in the face of adversity.

Talent Management: I have served on numerous boards where we hired, interviewed, and fired executive directors and employees, but none of those experiences have taught me as much as running my own business. Dealing with human capital, in my opinion, comes down to three things: communication, trust and relationships. Leave one of those out and nothing works very well.

Race 1 - 1-Year Term


Steve Dolch

Villisca, Iowa

Occupation: Farming and Ranching
I co-own and operate a row crop, cow-calf herd and small feedlot with my brother. We grow corn, soybeans and hay. We use records to make day-to-day decisions. Our fat cattle are sold on the grid with carcass data received in order to trail which cows are financially viable to our operation. Much effort is given to improve the operation internally as to what we have versus getting bigger. We try new technology when feasible and cost-effective in our operation.

Education:
Colorado State University, B.S., Animal Science/ Production option

Current Leadership:
President, Dolch Brothers LLC
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee
At-Large Representative, Iowa FFA Alumni Board Member
President, East Ridge Condo Association
Township Director, Montgomery County Farm Bureau Board

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I feel my years of farming/ranching and board experiences will be beneficial to the work of the Nominating Committee. I would like to expand on what I have learned serving and assist with the selection of top-quality Director candidates for Farm Credit Services of America. I feel it is important for candidates to understand what patrons desire from their lender, as well as being committed to educating the next generation on where their food comes from.

Ryan Steffensen

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Occupation: Farming and Agronomy
Operate a small row crop farm with my wife in Guthrie County — some owned, some rented. I’m also active in the family farming operation with my brother and father in north-central Iowa. Outside of the farming enterprise, I work full time for Helena Agri-Enterprises in agronomy sales in Guthrie Center, Iowa.

Education:
Iowa State University, B.S., Agricultural Business/Agronomy minor

Current Leadership:
District 4 Promotion Board, Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA)

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I want to serve on the Nominating Committee to help identify future leaders of agriculture. I have noticed in the past years while being involved with ICGA that a lot of people do not participate because they have never been asked. Several good leaders are missed without a committee such as this because they have kept their head down and got their work done for their farms and families. I think I could be an asset with multiple relationships in the industry.

Race 2 - 1-Year Term


Kelli Berg

Early, Iowa

Occupation: Farming
My husband and I transitioned and took over a corn and soybean operation from a retiring farmer. We also began to farm family ground that has been in my family for four generations at that time. Since then, we started selling seed corn, purchased two turkey finisher sites, and own and operate a turkey brooder site. We believe strongly in soil conservation and water quality.

Education:
South Dakota State University, B.A., Consumer Affairs/ Marketing emphasis
Iowa State University, Crop Marketing Certification
Iowa Farm Bureau, Ag Leaders Certification

Current Leadership:
Board Member and Response Team, Sac County Farm Bureau
Managing Member, Berg Farm Enterprises
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Farm Credit Services of America has played an integral part in our business from our start as beginning farmers to growing our operation in the past few years. I am thankful for the current relationships I have with those at Farm Credit Services of America, and I am interested in learning more and selecting those who will continue to shape and lead the organization while keeping farmers and ranchers at the center of their decision making. I would enjoy serving an organization that has served me so well.

Josh Uhlman

Madrid, Iowa

Occupation: Farming
I own and operate my own farming operation in west-central Iowa along with my brother and father. We grow corn, soybeans and also have a small cow-calf operation. My brother and I also co-founded and operate Iowa Ag Connections LLC. We offer seed and wholesale chemical solutions to producers and other ag retailers throughout the Midwest, and we also offer custom chemical and seed treatment application.

Education:
University of Iowa, MBA
Iowa State University, B.S., Agricultural Business, Economics and International Agriculture/Agronomy minor

Current Leadership:
Co-owner, Iowa Ag Connections LLC
Member, Dallas County Farm Bureau Board

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I want to leverage my diverse educational background, corporate career roles, and experience starting and growing my own farming and agricultural business to give back to one of the key organizations that has supported our growing operations. I believe I can bring a unique perspective to assist the Nominating Committee in identifying candidates to help guide the Association’s path toward the future.

Race 3 - 1-Year Term


Peg Becker

Hinton, Iowa

Occupation: Farming and Management Public/Private Partnerships
Farming partnership with husband and son. Principal crops are corn and soybeans. Principal livestock is beef, both cow-calf and feedlot operation.

Public/Private Partnership Management
Retired from PPP Management as vice president of operations; responsible for contract compliance, budget performance and environmental compliance for several locations throughout the upper Midwest.

Education:
South Dakota State University, M.S., Agronomy
South Dakota State University, B.S., Soil Science and Chemistry

Current Leadership:
Management Consulting, Veolia North America
President, Plymouth County Zoning Board
Member of the Board of Directors, Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I am honored to serve on the Association’s Nominating Committee and would like to continue my service. My years of industrial operations management, agricultural operations and business experience, along with years of recruiting leaders, have given me a significant amount of pertinent experience. I believe that I have a good understanding of what is needed to be a good leader. I have a personal interest in Farm Credit Services of America and appreciate the opportunity to serve.

John Fredrickson

Gowrie, Iowa

Occupation: Farming
We live on the farm that has been in our family for over 150 years. We grow corn and soybeans. I have served in such roles as president of Farmers Cooperative and president, vice president and voting delegate for the Webster County Farm Bureau.

Education:
Iowa Central Community College, A.A.S.

Current Leadership:
Chair, Iowa Agricultural Development Division Board
Member, Webster County Farm Bureau Board
Voting Delegate, Iowa Farm Bureau

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
To help identify and slate first-class people to serve on the Farm Credit Services of America Board of Directors.

Race 4 - 1-Year Term


Kaleb Appelgate

Marshalltown, Iowa

Occupation: Farming
My wife and I operate a corn and soybean row crop operation with my family, and we independently raise hogs. We sell a small percentage of our production locally and offer some custom farming services to supplement the row crop operation. My wife and I also operate a small kennel raising golden retriever puppies.

Education:
Iowa State University, Agricultural Studies/Agronomy minor
Pork Quality Assurance® Plus Certification
Transport Quality Assurance® Certification
Private Pesticide Applicator Certification
Golden Retriever Club of America and American Kennel Club, registered kennel owner

Current Leadership:
Leadership Team/Connection Group Leader, Mosaic Church
Response Team, Farm Bureau
Ag Advisory Committee, GMG
Member, Farm Credit Services Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
We believe in the vision of Farm Credit Services of America to serve agriculture and support the next generation of producers. After using Farm Credit Services of America as our primary lender for many years, my wife and I have seen the strength of the company and how the Association really does make supporting customers its number one priority. I feel my diverse background in row crops, livestock, kennel operation and social media content creator gives me the experience and knowledge to advocate for the many different operations served by Farm Credit Services of America.

Ryan Vavroch

Elberon, IA

Occupation: My operation includes agricultural row crop production and transportation services. I farm in Tama and Benton counties on a corn and soybean rotation. Work ethic, technology and proper management are large contributors to the sustainability of our operation. I also operate a regional trucking company, moving agricultural products locally and throughout the Midwest.

Education:
Iowa State University, Ag Studies
Hawkeye Community College, Ag Business

Current Leadership:
Chairman, Tama Benton Coop Board of Directors

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I enjoy being involved in organizations and businesses that are centered around agriculture and especially those that are a benefit to the American farmer. I am proud of the growth, both personally and professionally, I have been able to achieve since I began farming. Like most farmers, I am always excited to learn and give back in any way possible to better our industry. Farm Credit Services of America is a great organization and, like myself, is focused on agriculture and its success.

Race 5 - 1-Year Term


Alan Steffens

Clermont, Iowa

Occupation: Farming
Family farm with my wife, two sons and two granddaughters. We have cow-calf and feed cattle operations and sell feeders, as well as growing cash grain crops of corn, beans and hay.

Education:
Iowa State University
FCCS Premier Governance Series (PGS) Leadership, Risk Management and Credit

Current Leadership:
Member, Allamakee Clayton Electric Cooperative Board
Member, Fayette County Zoning Board of Adjustment Board
Trustee, Dover Township

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I have been on many different boards and know what to look for in a candidate. I served on the Farm Credit Services of America Board as chairman. It is important to look for someone to listen, contribute, think outside the box, plan for the future and grow the business. Most important — remember you represent the stockholders!

Bob Walker

Iowa City, Iowa

Occupation: Professor at University of Iowa
I own/operate a farm with row crop, cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, a vineyard, winery and events center. I also teach entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa. My area of expertise is in agritourism and working with farms and micro enterprises in developing nations. Before pursuing a college teaching career, I spent many years as a retail banker in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Iowa City, Iowa.

Education:
Iowa State University, Ph.D.
University of Iowa, MBA
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), B.A., Philosophy
USASBE, Rural Entrepreneurship Education Certificate

Current Leadership:
University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Associate Professor of Instruction, Management and Entrepreneurial Department
Teacher/Mentor, Entrepreneurial Studies and Experiences (including international)
CFO/COO, Walker Homestead Farm and Winery
Township Clerk, Union Township, Johnson County, Iowa

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
We have our farm, house and winery financed through Farm Credit Services of America, and I have been very impressed with the professionalism and service I have received. I feel I bring a diverse background that would help in selecting the best candidates to be nominated for the continued growth of Farm Credit Services of America.

Tait Wilson

Bryant, Iowa

Occupation: Farming
My family has a row crop corn and soybean operation, and feed cattle in the Andover, Iowa, area. I am the third generation to join the family business. In addition to our existing business, I have added a fourth aspect of partnering with other producers to bring consumers a branded beef product called Better Fed Beef to market through e-commerce.

Education:
Iowa State University, B.S., Agricultural Business

Current Leadership:
Member, Clinton Country Farm Bureau Board

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
My interest in serving on the Nominating Committee comes from my goal of promoting financial awareness in family farming. Many times, the focus of the operation is increasing production and not equally focusing on profitability. In my mind, promoting this dual focus will help the family farm thrive as we continue to see consolidation in the agricultural sector.

Race 6 - 1-Year Term


Kurt Janke

Wayne, Nebraska

Occupation: Farming and Crop Insurance Agent
I am fortunate to be the owner of a sixth-generation family farming operation in northeast Nebraska. Our farming operation consists of no-till irrigated and dryland corn and beans. Along with the help of my son, we strive to use the latest agriculture technology to be as efficient as possible. As a crop insurance agent, I work with local producers to determine which type of coverage is best for their needs and am there to assist them if something goes wrong.

Education:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S., Agriculture
Nebraska Real Estate License
Nebraska & South Dakota Crop Insurance License

Current Leadership:
President, Chapin Land Inc.
Owner, Janke Insurance
Owner, 35 & 98 Ag Equipment

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Farm Credit Services of America has been a critical part of my operation’s success over the years. I would be honored to give back by serving on the Nominating Committee. My hope is that my years of agricultural experiences and perspective would add value to the Nominating Committee. It is important to me as a patron to continue to appoint talented Directors to build on an already healthy organization to keep the future bright and vibrant.

Lisa Schole

Hooper, Nebraska

Occupation: Farming and Animal Nutritionist
I am co-owner of Evolve Consulting Group. Evolve provides product development expertise primarily in the pet food industry. We focus on working with suppliers to develop new cutting-edge raw materials, and pet food companies on developing finished products in all forms, including dry, wet, treats and supplements. My husband and I also farm in northeast Nebraska. We grow corn, soybeans and wheat. We also raise natural pork for a niche market called Heritage Farms.

Education:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.S, Ruminant Nutrition
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S., Animal Science

Current Leadership:
President, Dodge County Agricultural Society
Board Member, Dodge County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Board Member, County Fair Foundation
Educator, Nebraska Hunter Safety
Chair, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I would like to continue to serve on the Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee because I believe it is a great way to be more involved in agriculture in my community and beyond. I also believe it is a great way to connect with others who are involved in agriculture around the Midwest. I like to play an active role in my community, and this is another way to broaden my experience. I also believe that I bring a slightly different perspective to the Nominating Committee, given my focus is helping agriculture companies and farmers with value-added products they already grow, produce and/or process.

Race 7 - 1-Year Term


Graden Johnson

Holdrege, Nebraska

Occupation: Farming
I have recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. I am now home farming full time working for my family’s operation (37-Ag). In addition to farming my own cropland acres, I also have a custom cornstalk baling and forage operation.

Education:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S., Agricultural Economics

Current Leadership:
Production Manager, 37-Ag
Owner, G Johnson Farms LLC
Production Manager, Double BJ Farms

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I have always been very interested in how Farm Credit Services of America operates. I believe it is a vital tool for producers, and I want to be a part of its future. As a young producer, I would strive to bring a diverse perspective to the Nominating Committee.

Cory Kudlacek

David City, Nebraska

Occupation: Farming
I am an owner/operator of a sixth-generation family farm, growing no-till corn and soybeans. I grew up on our family farm but left to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Over a decade ago, I left a successful engineering career in St. Louis, Missouri, to move back and pursue my farming passion with my family. I started farming with my father and have since taken over the operation completely. I am heavily invested in technology on the farm and use it regularly to make operational and business decisions.

Education:
Washington University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Nebraska Wesleyan University, B.S., Physics/Mathematics minor
Nebraska LEAD Program, Class 37

Current Leadership:
Owner/Operator, Kudlacek Farms
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I have a high regard for Farm Credit Services of America, as they have always been invested in the success of my operation. From the purchase of my first farm to operating and equipment loans to providing crop insurance — they are always professional, willing to help and give good advice. For these reasons, I admire the organization and its people greatly and would like to make a contribution back to the Association. I believe I can use my background to help the Nominating Committee select strong candidates to continue Farm Credit Services of America’s commitment to success, stability, value, and unwavering customer service for a wide range of farm and ranch operations.

Race 8 - 1-Year Term


Mason Hoffman

Roseland, Nebraska

Occupation: Farming
I’m a fifth-generation farmer and I own and operate Hoffman Family Farms with my wife, Michelle. Our operation has grown to encompass irrigated and dryland acres while raising yellow corn, silage corn, white corn and soybeans. In addition to crops, I also custom fertilize, plant, till, spray and harvest crops.

Education:
Central Community College, Ag Business
Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska
Agricultural Youth Institute Delegate

Current Leadership:
President, Hoffman Family Farms Inc.
Owner, Hoffman Acres LLC
Member and Executive Committee Member, Little Blue Natural Resource District (NRD) Board
Representative, Little Blue NRD, Nebraska Association of Resource Districts

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I want to serve on the Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee to ensure that programs continue to be rooted in what’s best for my fellow farmers and ranchers. The Farm Credit Services of America business model puts specific focus on its customers and their successes. Becoming a Farm Credit Services of America customer is one of the best decisions I ever made for my operation. I believe my skillsets, talents, and firsthand feedback from my operation and those of fellow ag producers will contribute positively to the Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee and its mission.

Brent Robertson

Elsie, Nebraska

Occupation: Farming
We have a diversified farming operation where we raise irrigated and dryland corn, hard red winter wheat, hard red spring wheat and soybeans, as well as a cow-calf operation. We are always looking for new technologies to improve efficiencies, maximize resources and increase production. In addition, I am a Pioneer Seed sales representative, serving customers with seed, agronomy support and precision technology services.

Education:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S., Agricultural Sciences/Diversified Agricultural Studies, Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences and Mechanized Systems Management minors

Current Leadership:
Member, United States Department of Agriculture Plant Variety Protection Board
Treasurer, Elsie United Methodist
Chairman, Elsie Fire Protection District

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I believe in the Farm Credit Services of America system. It is a vital part of the agricultural community, providing a solid foundation of competitive credit to producers. I want to ensure the organization builds on its successes and continues to adapt to future needs of our members.

Justin Tollman

Crawford, Nebraska

Occupation: Ranching and Insurance Agent
I am an independent insurance agent in the small town of Crawford. I also operate and manage a cow-calf and custom grazing operation on leased land, most of which is leased from my family’s corporation. I am the fourth-generation steward of the family land, and we are undertaking a capital improvement project that will help make the operation appealing to future generations.

Education:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), B.S., Ag Economics
Internship, UNL Feed Yard Management
Alumni, Nebraska LEAD Program
Ranch Management Consultants, Ranching for Profit and Executive Link programs
University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension, High Plains Ranch Practicum program
Licensed Property and Casualty, Crop, Life and Health Insurance Agent

Current Leadership:
Insurance Agent, Kreider Insurance Agency Inc.
President of the Dawes County/UNL Extension Board
Owner/Manager, Tollman Family Ranches

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
My father was on the board of directors of Production Credit Association of the Midlands when I was a child. My family and I have been working with Farm Credit Services of America since we moved back home to ranch several years ago. I would like to serve on the Nominating Committee to learn more about the process of involving producers in the operation and oversight of Farm Credit Services of America cooperative, as well as help make sure the best candidates are put forward to represent animal agriculture on the Board of Directors.

Race 9 - 1-Year Term


Wyatt Walter

Howard, South Dakota

Occupation: Farming and Ranching
We raise corn and soybeans. Along with the row crops, we raise alfalfa and hay. We also have a commercial cow-calf operation where we background our cattle. I am also co-owner of JTW AG INC.

Education:
South Dakota State University, A.S., General Ag
Certified Private Applicator

Current Leadership:
Vice President, Walter Farms Inc.
Chair, Miner County South Dakota Weed Board
Member, Children’s Care Corner Board
Member, Howard School District 48-3 School Board

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I want to serve on the Nominating Committee to better understand Farm Credit Services of America and how they help shape the lending needs of all ages. I believe Farm Credit Services of America plays a huge roll in the future of agriculture, and I would like to gain insight in that and help bring some different views. I believe this will help make me a better businessman and give me the opportunity to hear and gain knowledge from others.

Marty Williams

Wall, South Dakota

Occupation: Farming and Ranching
Our family farming and ranching operation includes raising alfalfa, wheat, corn, soybeans, safflower and millet. We have a commercial Angus cow-calf operation. We background our calves as well as custom feeding.

Education:
South Dakota State University, B.S., Animal Science/Business minor
Certified Private Pesticide Applicator
Beef Quality Assurance Certification

Current Leadership:
Director, Wall Rodeo Booster Club
Treasurer, Wasta Township
Supervisor, Wasta Township
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Farm Credit Services of America has a strong structure compared to other financial institutions. It fits into my operation and is more flexible. I think the Board has made great decisions that are helpful to their customers. I would like to continue to serve on the Nominating Committee to help find qualified individuals to serve on the Board of Directors to ensure Farm Credit Services of America keeps moving forward so customers can continue being profitable.

Race 10 - 1-Year Term


Tregg Cronin

Gettysburg, South Dakota

Occupation: Farming and Ranching
I am a fourth-generation farmer and rancher operating a diversified crop and cattle business in central South Dakota with my father, uncle and two first cousins. We no-till farm and utilize an intensive grazing program to support our maternally focused cattle herd.

Education:
University of St. Thomas, Entrepreneurship/Economics focus

Current Leadership:
Commissioner, South Dakota Wheat Commission
Member, Northern Crops Institute Council

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Since becoming a Farm Credit Services of America customer, my family and business have been thoroughly impressed with the resources and expertise provided by the organization. I want to be involved in making sure the leadership of this great organization continues to be among the best in the industry.

Mark Mueller

Big Stone City, South Dakota

Occupation: Farming
I currently farm with my wife and father on our farm in northeast South Dakota. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat. We use precision and variable-rate technology for seeding and fertilizer. We also have a U-pick pumpkin patch that brings people to our farm in the fall.

Education:
South Dakota State University, B.S. Agronomy

Current Leadership:
Grant-Roberts Rural Water Board
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I would like to be more active in the Farm Credit Services of America organization and more involved with the decisions made by the cooperative. I also feel serving on the Nominating Committee would help further my knowledge of the lending aspect of agriculture.

Race 11 - 1-Year Term


Travis Gebhart

Meadow, South Dakota

Occupation: Ranching
My family and I operate a cow-calf operation in northwest South Dakota. We background all of our calves, then retain ownership while finishing the calves at a custom feedlot in western Nebraska. We finish some of the yearlings and all of the open cows at home. We also have a farming operation primarily for feed production.

Education:
South Dakota State University, B.S., Range Science/ Business, Ag Business, Ag Economics and Animal Science minors

Current Leadership:
Director and County President, Perkins County Farm Bureau
Director, Calvary Lutheran Church Council
President, Lemmon High School FFA/Ag Education Advisory Board
Member, Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I have been with Farm Credit Services of America since I started ranching. I absolutely believe in and love doing business with them. I would like to continue to serve on the Nominating Committee to represent stockholders both in terms of commodities produced and being on the younger side of the age spectrum. A well-balanced Nominating Committee will give Farm Credit Services of America better recommendations, which benefits all of us as producer-owners.

Ryan Olson

Onida, South Dakota

Occupation: Farming
Primarily engaged in wheat, corn, sunflower and soybean production. Cow-calf operator.

Education:
Lake Area Technical College, Ag Production degree

Current Leadership:
Member, South Dakota Oilseeds Council Board

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Things are run by people who show up. Agriculture is ever changing, and I want to be sure our leadership is steeped in the past but also ready to take on the challenges of the future. We are experiencing some of the most volatile times, and I believe the next five years will be extremely challenging for producers, including the banks and businesses that support them. The Farm Credit Services of America Board will need to have a strong business background as well as the ability to develop good policy.

Race 12 - 1-Year Term


Gwen Geis

Gillette, Wyoming

Occupation: Ranching
Geis Brothers LLC is a partnership ranching operation of my husband, Gerry, and I, and his brother, Kevin, and his wife, Bobbi, in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. We are fourth-generation ranchers, having raised the fifth generation and working on the sixth generation. We run a cow-calf operation of predominately Angus and Angus cross cattle, and also run a herd of Targhee sheep. We grow small grains and hay for feed. My husband and I also own and operate a business where we do commercial and oilfield service work, as well as sell liquid cow feed. We have a small herd of commercial Red Angus cows. We are also each a partner in 4 G Land LLC, which is the land company for our operations.

Education:
Gillette College, Computer Technician

Current Leadership:
Chair for the County Committee, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
Member, Cattlemen Beef Board
Owner, Blue Gate Solutions LLC
Member/Owner/Bookkeeper, Geis Brothers LLC
Past President/Member American National CattleWomen Inc. Board
Member/Owner/Bookkeeper, 4 G Land LLC

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Getting the opportunity to serve on the Farm Credit Services of America Nominating Committee would be an opportunity to help select people that are willing to help guide Farm Credit Services of America forward in the next few years. As a cooperative choosing those people to serve is a large part of having a voice in the future direction of the Association. If we as ag producers don’t help choose those people or step up to be those people, we have no voice in how things are moving. I like working with people and agricultural organizations. I have working knowledge of the financial side of agricultural organizations as well as the leadership sides, and I am involved with other agriculture organizations on the local, state and national levels. While serving on other boards, I have seen the involvement of Farm Credit Service of America, and how they are always striving to help and advance the stakeholders and young people of agriculture. I feel my involvement with the Nominating Committee will also show how others are being involved with the Association and bring an added perspective.

John Resich

Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Occupation: Ranching
We have a cow-calf operation with my daughter and also farm acres of alfalfa. In addition, I am a practicing attorney and run a large cemetery and funeral business.

Education:
Chapman University, Master’s degree
Cal Poly Pomona University, B.S., Business Finance and Insurance
Santa Clara University, J.D.

Current Leadership:
Member, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Board
Director, California Mortuary and Cemetery Association
Member, Cal Poly Agriculture Advisory Board

WHY I WANT TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
I believe that my experience in ranching and farming, the practice of law, operation of a large business, and being involved in the California Polytechnic University School of Agriculture gives me insight in business, ranching and farming operations. This, together with my financial experience in operating a large business, I believe would be an asset to the Nominating Committee.