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Director Candidate Profile - Race 4
4-Year Term

John Reisch

John Reisch
Howard, SD

Birth Year: 1949

Business Experience: Reisch Farms, Inc. raises corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and grass. We have a cow herd and cattle feedlot.

FCSAmerica Business Relationships with Family Members: Brenda Reisch, my spouse, Paul Reisch, my brother, and Reisch Farms, Inc., family farming business

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University, South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership Class III graduate, and Farm Credit System Premier Governance Series (PGS) Director Certification

Current Boards: FCSAmerica Board, Howard Township Board, and Howard Industries Board

Candidate Description of Business Knowledge and/or Education in the Following Areas:

Strategic Planning: I am responsible for the planning and operation of our agricultural business. As a current FCSAmerica Director, I always consider how our decisions will affect the business strategically for the long term. We have multiple strategic planning sessions each year to build plans for future years. My past directorships have all involved the responsibilities of long-term strategic planning.

Corporate Governance/Organizational Leadership: I have served as chief executive officer of Reisch Farms since its inception. In addition, I have been chair of Howard Farmers Co-op, as well as the local Pork Producers and Cattlemen’s Associations. I previously served as treasurer of South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. I have served as the chair of the Business Risk Committee for the FCSAmerica Board of Directors.

Financial Reporting: I am responsible for all finances at Reisch Farms. I have served as state treasurer for the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and am currently the treasurer for Howard Township and Howard Industries. I have served on the Audit and Business Risk Committees at FCSAmerica which are directly responsible for financial reporting and monitoring risks of the organization.

Business Technology: Our operation uses tracking programs for each pen of cattle and individual field in our cropping enterprise. We use field mapping, variable rate planting and fertilizing. At FCSAmerica, our business technology is the leader in the Farm Credit System and is used in part by other organizations. Technology has allowed FCSAmerica to increase its efficiency and the level of patronage available to its stockholders.

Risk Management: As a member and chair of the Business Risk Committee, we monitored the majority of the Enterprise Risks identified by FCSAmerica. In our own operation we use futures and options, forward contracting for purchasing and selling production and inputs, crop insurance and certainly consider our forward projections on each pen of cattle and field planted as part of our risk management.

Human Resource Management: On every board one’s chief responsibility is hiring and overseeing the chief executive officer. At Reisch Farms, I am responsible for people we employ and overseeing their responsibilities.