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Board of Directors

Farm Credit Services of America Directors

At Farm Credit Services of America, our core values of honesty and integrity are at the heart of everything we stand for and are reflected in everything we do. By pledging to follow ethical practices, we’re reaffirming our commitment to ensuring the long-term interests of our customers are being served. Every action we take and every business decision we make are driven by these values. The board of directors has adopted a Code of Ethics.

FCSAmerica directors uphold these values through Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics Policies, which define expected actions and behavior. All directors and employees are expected to conduct their official duties in a professional manner, and avoid conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and the appearance of impropriety with directors, employees, customers and others who conduct business with Farm Credit Services of America. This commitment starts with our board of directors. Our directors are proactive and focused on strategic and operational excellence that aligns with the best interests of our member-customers.

The board of directors is responsible for overseeing and interacting with senior leadership. Through their experience and knowledge, they exercise sound judgment on key aspects of our business including strategic planning, leadership development and succession, operating performance, compliance and stockholder value.

We continually review corporate governance guidelines to ensure they align with financial services industry best practices. In fact, as a privately held cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America’s board has proactively implemented changes to its structure and business practices to align with financial industry standards. The Audit Committee assists the board in fulfilling its fiduciary and oversight responsibilities. Click to review their charter.

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Meet our Board of Directors:

Robert Bruxvoort

Robert Bruxvoort - New Sharon, IA
Bruxvoort operates a family farm producing corn and soybeans. He is also a partner in a contract hog-finishing operation. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2008, and his current term ends March 31, 2018.

Jim Ehlers

Jim Ehlers- Newell, IA
Ehlers has a farming operation raising corn and soybeans. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2009, and his current term ends March 31, 2017.

Jeremy Heitmann

Jeremy Heitmann - Byron, NE
Heitmann farms with his family. They raise corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa, and run a background feeder cattle operation. He was appointed to the Board effective January 1, 2008. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2011, and his current term ends March 31, 2018.

Steve Henry

Steve Henry - Nevada, IA
Henry has a family commercial and seed-crop production operation. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2011, and his current term ends March 31, 2019.

Nicholas Hunt

Nicholas Hunt - Board Chairperson - Atlantic, IA
Hunt owns and operates a farm growing corn, soybeans and alfalfa, and has a cattlefeeding operation. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2007, and his current term ends March 31, 2017.

Nick Jorgensen

Nick Jorgensen - Ideal, SD
Jorgensen owns and operates Jorgensen Land and Cattle with his father, cousin and uncle. The family grows multiple crops and has a registered Angus cow herd and commercial Angus bull operation. The family also provides guided pheasant hunts. Jorgensen was appointed to the Board effective April 1, 2016. His term ends March 31, 2020.

Jim Kortan

Jim Kortan - Brookings, SD
An Appointed Director, Kortan is a retired partner with Deloitte and brings a background in information technology, strategic planning, risk management, internal control, regulatory compliance and business process improvement. He was appointed to the Board effective April 1, 2015, and his current term ends March 31, 2019.

Rick Maxfield

Rick Maxfield - Lyman, WY
Maxfield and his family have a ranch and farm. The multigenerational operation includes cow-calf and background calves. The family also grows hay. He was elected to the Board effective April 1, 2015, and his current term ends March 31, 2019.

Cris Miller

Cris Miller - Spearfish, SD
Miller has a family ranching business with a commercial cow-calf operation, a backgrounding operation and feed crops. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2012, and his current term ends March 31, 2020.

Randy Peters

Randy Peters - McCook, NE
Peters has a family farm and ranch operation raising wheat, corn, soybeans and sunflowers. Peters also raises and sells certified seed wheat, and has a Black Angus and Red Angus cow-calf herd. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2003, and his current term ends March 31, 2019.

John Reisch

John Reisch - Howard, SD
Reisch is a farmer and cattle feeder. As president of Reisch Farms, Inc., he raises corn, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa, and has cattle-feeding and cow-calf enterprises. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2008, and his current term ends March 31, 2018.

Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe - Elwood, NE
Rowe and his wife raise corn, white corn, soybeans and alfalfa. He also raises livestock that consists of a cow-calf herd, plus a custom backgrounding, feedlot and finishing operation. He was appointed to the Board effective June 1, 2014, to serve the balance of a vacated four-year term that ends March 31, 2017.

Jon Van Beek

Jon Van Beek - Primghar, IA
Van Beek has a family farm operation raising corn and soybean seed, and contract finish pigs. He was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2009, and his current term ends March 31, 2020.

Kim Vanneman

Kim Vanneman - Ideal, SD
Vanneman and her husband own and operate a diversified farming operation including row crops, small grains, finishing feeder pigs and a commercial beef-cow herd. She serves on the Farm Credit Foundations board of directors and plan sponsor committee, the Farm Credit Council board of directors and FCC Services board of directors. She was elected to the FCSAmerica Board effective January 1, 2007, and her current term ends March 31, 2017.

Susan Voss

Susan Voss – North English, IA
Voss and her husband grow corn and soybeans, and have run cow-calf and background feeder operations. She also is a certified public accountant and principal at TD&T CPAs and Advisors. She was elected to the Board effective April 1, 2014, and her current term ends March 31, 2018.

Mark Weiss

Mark Weiss – Omaha, NE
An Appointed Director, Weiss is the chief information officer with Solutionary Inc. He has senior leadership experience with organizations engaged in the business of healthcare, gas and water utilities, telecom, financial services and software development. He was appointed to the Board effective April 1, 2014, and his current term ends March 31, 2018.

Jennifer Zessin

Jennifer Zessin - 1st Vice Chairperson - Madison, NE
Zessin has a grain farm operation raising corn and soybeans. She has past business experience in banking, personnel and internal auditing. She was elected to the Board effective January 1, 2009, and her current term ends March 31, 2020.


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