Farm Credit Mid-America Board

Farm Credit Mid-America is a cooperative owned by its customer stockholders who purchase voting stock, giving them the right to participate in director elections and vote on issues influencing the operations of the Association.

The Board of Directors consists of both stockholder elected directors and two directors appointed by the Board. Terms are four years. The Board meets regularly to set policy and provide overall direction to the Association’s leadership. Elections for open positions on the Board take place each spring.

Interested in serving on the Board of Directors? Fill out our online form.

If you prefer, you may download the PDF recommendation form. Please send the completed document and any questions to the Corporate Secretary at or fax to 502-791-8198.

Indiana Directors

Dwain "Doc" Cottingham

Attica, Indiana, Grain Farmer

Doc is the vice president of a family corporation and a managing member of a family partnership, both farming enterprises. He also oversees a 1,300-acre grain operation in west-central Indiana as its sole proprietor. Doc is a member of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Farm Bureau Association and previously served as a member of the Warren County Farm Services Agency County Committee. He serves as a member of the Warren County Sheriff’s Merit Board and a member of the Adams Township Trustee Advisory Board. He is also a trustee for the Pine Village United Methodist Church and is a member of the Pine Village F&AM Masonic Lodge (Past Master). Doc currently serves on the Board’s Governance Committee and is a former Williamsport Farm Credit Mid-America Advisor. Doc received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.

Stephanie “Steph” Hopper

Macy, Indiana, Grain, Swine and Cattle Farmer

Steph farms with her family on 2,200 acres in north-central Indiana raising corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Together they have a wean-to-finish swine operation, run a cow/calf operation and sell farm-to-freezer beef. She is the past Treasurer of the Miami County Farm Bureau Young Farmers. She is currently a Miami County 4-H volunteer, a board member for the non-profit CC’s Closet, and a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church. Steph received an Associates Degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University. Steph currently serves on the Human Resources Committee.

Dale Koester

Wadesville, Indiana, Grain and Dairy Cattle Farmer

Dale is the co-owner and operator of Koester Brothers Farms, Inc, a diversified dairy and grain operation, located in southwestern Indiana. The operation milks 230 cows utilizing robotics and produces wheat, soybeans, white and yellow corn and straw for erosion control blankets. Dale served as a member of the Farm Credit Mid-America Advocate Council. Other leadership roles include serving as the Vice-Chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers National Committee, Dairy Farmers of America Young Cooperators and the American Soybean Association’s Young Leader Program. He has served on the Posey County Drainage Board, the Posey County FSA committee, the Vanderburgh County Farm Bureau Board, the Vanderburgh County Fair and has been a member of the Evansville Young Dairymen, Vanderburgh County Extension Board and St. Wendel Church. Dale received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.

Kentucky Directors

David Bates

Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Cattle and Grain Farmer

David raises beef cows, replacement heifers, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, hay, wheat and barley. He is a director of the Bullitt County Farm Bureau. He is a former director of the 1st Kentucky PCA, the Elizabethtown Advisory Committee and the Farm Credit Council. David attended the University of Louisville and Freed Hardeman University. He has served on the Board since 1988 and is the former vice chair. He currently serves on the Human Resources Committee.

John Kuegel Jr.

Owensboro, Kentucky, Dairy and Grain Farmer

John is a full-time farmer with a dairy and grain operation. He has served as the past state chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee. He is a director and past president of the Daviess County Farm Bureau, chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s second district, past president of Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club and a member of the Daviess County Extension Board. He is a former state president of the Kentucky FFA and currently serves as the District 2 Chairman, the Daviess County Extension Council, Deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and a former member of the Owensboro Farm Credit Advisory Committee. John received a degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky. He is currently serving as the Board’s Vice Chair and Chairs the Risk Management Committee and serves on the Governance Committee.

Todd Clark

Lexington, Kentucky, Livestock, Tobacco, Hay and Hemp Farmer

Todd farms full-time with his son on 2,000 acres. He raises beef cattle, poultry, sheep, burley tobacco, hemp, alfalfa hay, and grass hay. He is a director and past president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, chair of the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center Board, director and treasurer of the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council and a director for the Kentucky Agricultural Water Quality Authority and Kentucky Farm Bureau Water Management Working Group. He is a member of the Burley Farmers Advisory Council, Council for Burley Tobacco and the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. Todd is a former member of the Lexington Farm Credit Mid-America Advisory Committee. Todd currently serves as the Human Resources Committee Chair and serves on the Risk Management Committee.

Ohio Directors

Lowell Hill

De Graff, Ohio, Grain Farmer

Lowell and his son raise grain on more than 1,100 acres in central Ohio. He is a retired General Superintendent with Thomas and Marker Construction. He is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Soybean Association, the American Soybean Association, Boggs Masonic Lodge #292 and De Graff United Methodist Church. Lowell received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from The Ohio State University. Lowell currently serves as the Governance Committee Chair and serves on the Risk Management Committee. Prior to being elected to the Farm Credit Mid-America Board, he served on the Bellefontaine Advisory Committee.

Andrew Wilson

Somerset, Ohio, Grain, Hay, Pig and Cattle Farmer (Chairman of the Board)

Andrew is a full-time family farmer. He raises corn, soybeans, wheat and forages. He is a contract swine grower. He has a wean-to-finish gilt operation. He and his children also raise cattle and sell farm-to-freezer beef. He is a member of Ohio Pork Producers, Fairfield Christian Church, and the Farm Bureau. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from Wilmington College of Ohio. He is a past director of The Ohio Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau. At Farm Credit Mid-America, he serves as the Board of Directors Chair and serves on the Human Resources Committee.

Rachael Vonderhaar

Camden, Ohio, Grain, Cattle, and Sheep Farmer

Rachael farms with her family on a 2,800 acre row crop family operation, runs cow/calf and ewe/lamb operations, installs custom systematic drainage tile and custom mixes and bags bird seed. Rachael was elected to the Board in 2017. Affiliations include the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program Checkoff, Preble County Farm Service Agency, Wheat Foods Council, Ohio Agri-Women, Preble County Farm Bureau, Ohio Federation of Republican Women, Preble County Habitat for Humanity, and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Association. Rachael is a former member of her local advisory committee and FCMA Nominating Committees. She is a member of the Audit Committee.

Tennessee Directors

Jason Moore

Paris, Tennessee Farmer and Farm Supply Facility Manager

Jason Moore raises row crops, registered and commercial Angus cattle, freezer beef and hay on over 300 acres. He is also involved with his family’s 1,200 acre row crop operation. Moore is a facility manager for Nutrien Ag Solutions. He has Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Economics from the University of Tennessee. He serves on the Governance Committee.

Brandon Robbins

Cookeville, Tennessee Cattle Farmer and Agriculture Equipment Dealer

Brandon has a cow calf operation with cows and feeder calves. He owns and operates R&R Farms and Mountain Farm International, LLC, an agriculture equipment dealership. Brandon is a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Overton Farmers’ Cooperative. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University. At MTSU, he was alumni vice president for Alpha Gamma Rho, an agricultural fraternity and president of Student Government Association. He currently serves on the Audit Committee.

Dale "Bud" Tucker

Greeneville, Tennessee Hay, Timber and Cattle Farmer

Bud operates a commercial beef cattle operation, hay and timber on his farm in east Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Agriculture. He is past president of the Greene County Farmers Cooperative and serves as the Treasurer and Deacon at First Baptist Church of Baileyton. He has served on the Greene County Farm Bureau Board, the Greene County NRCS Committee, and the Tennessee FFA Board and is past president of the Tennessee Association of Ag Educators. He is a former member of the Farm Credit Advisory Committee in Greeneville and previously served on Nominating Committees. Bud serves as the Board’s Secretary and serves on the Audit Committee.

Appointed Directors

Steve Bush

Clermont, FL

Steve Bush is the Chief Financial Officer of Whitestone Feeds, LLC, a livestock feed manufacturing and sales company with $15 million in annual sales, and serves the primary leadership role in new business development for the organization. Bush previously served as the director of business development for Archer Daniels Midland, a Fortune 50 agricultural commodities company, and as the CEO of Lakeland Nutrition Group, LLC. Steve is currently serving as the Audit Committee Chair and serves on the Risk Management Committee.

Laura Knoth

Grand Rivers, Kentucky

Laura has served as the Executive Director for both the Kentucky Corn Growers Association of Kentucky and the Small Grain Growers Association of Kentucky since 2009. She previously worked for Kentucky Farm Bureau for 18 years in a number of areas including Public Affairs, State and National Lobbying, policy development, education, natural resources and commodity activities. Laura is enthusiastic, hardworking and passionate about agriculture and works endlessly to promote the industry. She also partners with her husband on their family farm in Grand Rivers, KY. Laura serves on the Human Resources Committee.