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Agricultural Leaders in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming Recognized as Visionaries by Farm Credit

by FCSAmerica Staff Reports | Mar 15, 2016

Agricultural leaders in our four states are among 100 visionaries being recognized nationally as part of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives search, which honors individuals shaping rural communities and agriculture for the better. The top 100 honorees were announced on National Ag Day at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Honorees from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming include:

Erin Brenneman Erin Brenneman
Wellman, Iowa
Agriculture Education and Community Impact

Kurtis CharlingKurtis Charling
Oakland, Nebraska
Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Bernard GeschkeBernard Geschke
Papillion, Nebraska
Agriculture Education and Community Impact

Kiera LeddyKiera Leddy
Stockholm, South Dakota
Youth Leadership (Under 21)

Odessa OldhamOdessa R. Oldham
Lander, Wyoming
Agriculture Education and Community Impact

David Specht  Dave Sprecht
  Basin City, Washington (recently relocated from Lincoln)
  Agriculture Education and Community Impact

Kurt StiefvaterKurt Stiefvater
Salem, South Dakota
Leadership (21 and Up)

Jessica Tekippe-SchmittJessica Tekippe-Schmitt
Fort Atkinson, Iowa
Beginning Farmer or Rancher Achievement

The honorees were selected by a panel of experts in rural issues from a pool of about 1,100 nominees from across the United States. For the full list of honorees, visit


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