GOVERNANCE OPPORTUNITIES

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

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Directors serve staggered terms, with elections occurring annually. Nominating Committee members are elected to a one-year term annually. Nominating Committee meetings will be held in June 2021 to review candidate submissions for March 2022 elections.

In the March 2022 election, the Director positions currently held by the individuals listed below will be up for election for a three- or a four-year term.

  • Tom Farwell, Humboldt, NE
  • Dana Morgan, Corning, IA
  • John Reisch, Howard, SD
  • Susan Voss, North English, IA

your voice counts hereTo submit a candidate profile for consideration by the current Nominating Committee, click the appropriate link below and complete the online form:

Candidate profile submission deadline:
May 15, 2021

For eligibility or election process questions, contact our Legal Specialist at sr@fcsamerica.com or 800-531-3905.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the safe and sound operation of the Association, and for ensuring the Association fulfills its public mission. Directors are accountable to customer-stockholders and Farm Credit System (System) investors for:

  • Overseeing the strategic direction and objectives of the Association
  • Understanding the Association’s organizational performance
  • Providing for competent Association leadership and management
  • Ensuring appropriate risk oversight, including sound internal controls and compliance
  • Ensuring that information and disclosures provided to customer-stockholders and System investors are accurate and reliable
  • Diligently and impartially performing their duties as Directors
  • Exercising independent judgment
  • Remaining loyal to the Association’s interests

Director candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a voter of Class D voting stock
  • Must have an outstanding loan commitment with the Association
  • Must maintain loan(s) in compliance with Association policies and standards
  • Must reside or have headquarters within the Association’s chartered territory (Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming)
  • May not have reached 72 years of age on or before the Director term begins
  • May not have restructured indebtedness with a System institution at any time
  • May not have been an employee of a System institution within one year of election
  • May not serve as a director, officer, employee or agent of a financial institution or other entity that engages directly in the business of providing financing or Risk Management Agency approved products that are offered by the Association

Upon election, Directors may not:

  • Be convicted of any felony
  • Be held liable for damages in fraud
  • Be convicted of a criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust
  • File for bankruptcy

Director candidate qualifications sought by the Nominating Committee include an understanding of cooperative principles, a passion and commitment to serve the Association and System stakeholders and knowledge or experience in the following areas:

  • Strategic Direction and Counsel
  • Governance Effectiveness
  • Organizational Performance
  • Risk Oversight
  • Talent Management
  • Communication
  • Technology

Directors are generally elected to a four-year term, unless the election is to fill a Board vacancy or re-staggering of Director terms. An average of 20 days is required per year to attend Board, committee and planning meetings. Additional days may be required for Director training and development courses or conferences. Related travel time for these events varies by Director.

Directors receive a monthly retainer for meeting preparation and conference calls plus a per diem for each day of official Association business and related travel. The Board of Directors periodically reviews compensation to ensure it is competitive with other boards.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and nominating a qualified slate of candidates for stockholder election to the Association’s Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

Nominating Committee members must:

  • Be a voting customer-stockholder of the Association
  • Have an outstanding loan commitment with the Association
  • Not be a Director, employee or agent of the Association
  • Reside or have a headquarters within the Association’s chartered territory (Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming)

Nominating Committee members are elected to a one-year term. There are generally three meetings per year:

  • A conference call to review expectations for the sourcing, evaluating and nominating candidates
  • A meeting to evaluate candidates for the Board of Directors and the next Nominating Committee
  • A meeting to interview identified Director candidates and finalize all candidate slates

Nominating Committee members receive per diem for their time and travel expenses incurred for meeting attendance.

STOCKHOLDER RELATIONS CONTACT

For eligibility or election process questions, contact our Legal Specialist at sr@fcsamerica.com or 800-531-3905.