• State of Indiana

    Indiana

  • State of Kentucky

    Kentucky

  • State of Ohio

    Ohio

Allen
Armstrong

Todd
Clark

Kevin
Cox

Lowell
Hill

Stephanie
Hopper

Ellen
Joslin

V. Alan
Meyer

Chris
Mitchell

Meet the
Candidates

 
 
 

Allen
Armstrong

Occupation: Farmer

South Charleston, Ohio

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Farm Credit Mid-America has been an important part of the success of our family farm. It would be an honor to serve on the Board and ensure that the next generation has the same support from our cooperative as they grow their families and operations.”

Armstrong farms with his family on approximately 4,500 acres. He raises corn and soybeans in a 50/50 rotation and has utilized no-till for 25 years. Armstrong has grown various identity preserved (IP) crops and is currently marketing IP corn to a commercial distillery. Additionally he has used grid sampling and variable rate fertilizer application since 2008 on 2.5 acre and 1.0 acre grids. He is 58 years old.

Farm Credit Mid-America has been an important part of the success of our family farm. It would be an honor to serve on the Board and ensure that the next generation has the same support from our cooperative as they grow their families and operations. My past experience on boards include both business and advocate roles. Those experiences, along with being a lifelong, full-time farmer would help me represent all of our members. I am running for a seat on the board of directors because I want to be a member stockholders voice in the boardroom.

One of the most important duties for the Board of Directors of our cooperative is to return value to our member stockholders. The access to adequate, affordable credit has allowed the greatest industry, agriculture, to feed, clothe and fuel the world. I am proud of the role Farm Credit Mid-America has played and it is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to build on the successes and continue to adapt to the current needs of our customer stockholders. The future of our industry is bright and it is up to the Board of Directors to guide our cooperative to continued success.

It has been rewarding to watch our children use the lessons and experiences growing up on our family farm to become successful adults. They both made the decision to be involved in the farm. Our daughter recently purchased a farm with financing from Farm Credit Mid-America. I am energized watching the next generation embrace agriculture.

Board Experience

  • Clark County Developmental Disabilities Board (member, 2012-2019)
  • Clark County Farm Bureau (director, 1985-1990, Past President)
  • Hustead Service Area Fire & EMS Joint Board (President, 2014 to present, member 1999 to present)
  • Ohio Soybean Association Board (member, 2012-2020, Past President and Chairman)
  • Ohio Soybean Council (director, 2003-2011, former Chairman)
  • Springfield Beckley Airport Joint Economic Development District Board (member, 2014 to present, currently serving as Vice Chair)
  • Top Farmers of Ohio (President, 2018)
  • Trustee Green Township, Clark County ( trustee, 1999 to present, Current President)
  • World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Board (director, 2003-2006, former Treasurer)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • Ohio Farm Bureau (member)
  • Ohio Soybean Association (member)
  • Ohio Corn Growers Association (member)
  • Ohio Cattleman’s Association (member)

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.

 
 
 

Ellen
Joslin

Occupation: Farmer

Conover, Ohio

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Farm Credit Mid-America should continue to make the financial support for farmers and the farm community their top priority.”

Joslin manages 600 acres of corn and soybeans in a share crop operation. She oversees the marketing and financials of the operation and manages several rental houses. Joslin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Urbana University. She is 65 years old.

I would like to serve on the Board of Directors because Farm Credit Mid-America is critical to support agriculture funding and resources for local farmers. This support is so important due to the loss of local financial institutions because of mergers and acquisitions. Attempting to borrow or finance agricultural operations in today’s business environment becomes difficult in today’s lack of understanding of agricultural business and needs. Maintaining the excellent past history operations of this organization and improving on future opportunities via member support and transparency are crucial to Farm Credit Mid-America’s success. My experience with Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Soybean Council would help solidify the connection with our members. Technology advances in user ease are critical to the future of the members’ information. Farm Credit Mid-America should continue to make the financial support for farmers their top priority.

In 2016, I lost my husband and partner just two days after finishing planting our crops in May. I wonder if the lack of rain was a sign or help from above to allow me to complete the year. 2016 was the worst year of my life but with the help received from great people, and the strength gained, success can be gained in anything if I work hard enough.

Board Experience

  • Farm Credit Mid-America Local Advisory Committee (member, 2013-2016)
  • Ohio Soybean Council (member 1998-2007, held offices of Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President)
  • Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (trustee, 2000-2015)
  • Shelby County Farm Bureau (board, Membership Chair and President 1994-2000, member, 1984 to present)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • Ohio Soybean Association (member, 2016 to present)
  • USDA Agriculture Trade Advisory Committee – oilseeds (member, 2013-2016)
  • Shelby County Board of Election (member, 2000-2010, served as Chair)

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.

 
 
 

Chris
Mitchell

Occupation: Farmer

Flemingsburg, Kentucky

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I believe one of the most critical responsibilities for Farm Credit Mid-America is to secure financing for traditional and non-traditional agriculture. Farm Credit has a responsibility as a lender in these turbulent times to consult with our customers to manage risk.”

Mitchell owns a cow/calf operation and raises 400 acres of hay. He also raises freezer beef, which he sells direct to local consumers. Mitchell runs a lime spreading business and raises registered border collies. Previously, Mitchell was a herdsman of a 200 cow dairy operation. He is 46 years old.

I served on the Nominating Committee for several years and during that time I learned a great deal about Farm Credit. I feel like I reached a point where I wanted to pursue the opportunity to serve in a different capacity.

Based on my experience as a farmer and working with Farm Credit, I think I would make an excellent candidate for Director. The area in which I farm is highly diversified in grain, livestock and forage production which all have unique financial needs. I feel I would be qualified to represent these needs and the farmers who are engaged in those fields. I believe one of the most critical responsibilities for Farm Credit Mid-America is secure financing for traditional and non-traditional agriculture. Farm Credit has a responsibility as a lender in these turbulent times to consult with our customers to manage risk.

I am one of the coordinators of our Agriculture Education week which is a weeklong event that includes agriculture education for every grade level in our school system and ends with the largest tractor parade in the state. This event has won Kentucky Farm Bureau awards and was recognized nationally by American Farm Bureau.

Board Experience

  • Farm Credit Mid-America Local Advisory Committee (member, 2009-2019)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Nominating Committee (member, 2014-2020)
  • Fleming County Cattleman’s Association (President, 2015-present, member 2008 to present)
  • Fleming County Farm Bureau (director, 2010 to present)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • A Better Community (director, 2016 to present)

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.

 
 
 

Kevin
Cox

Occupation: Farmer

Brazil, Indiana

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Farm Credit has been the lender of choice for many farm families for over 100 years. It is my desire to serve as your director to help ensure Farm Credit Mid-America will be there for you and your family moving forward as it has served my family over the past 50 years.”

Cox farms in four counties in West Central Indiana, producing corn, soybeans, hay and timber and raises cattle on 4,400 acres. He focuses on stewardship and sustainability by incorporating the use of vertical tillage, no-till and cover crops in the operation. He farms full-time. He is 57 years old.

The business of farming is ever changing. The demands of the consumer and how we produce our crops and care for our livestock has never been in the spotlight as much as it is today. The needs and expectations of toady’s producers are continually changing as well. With input costs, machinery and land values at levels we have never seen before the need for a reliable source of financing is playing a far more critical role in many operations. Farm Credit will need to identify and change to meet the needs of the next generation of growers regardless of the size, the age or the practices used by the producer. Financing these operations will be the key to their success.

Farm Credit has been the lender of choice for many farm families for over 100 years. It is my desire to serve as your director to help ensure Farm Credit Mid-America will be there for you and your family moving forward as it has served my family over the past 50 years.

My wife and I have raised our three children on the family farm and are now blessed to watch our five grandsons growing up around that same farm. I am fortunate to be a full-time farmer today and to have the opportunity to work side by side with my son.

Board Experience

  • Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors (director, 2008 to 2016)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors (Chairman, 2013-2016)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors (Vice-Chairman, 2012-2013)
  • Farm Credit Council – PAC Chair and Representative (member, 2008-2013)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Audit & Risk Committee (member and Chair, 2008-2013)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Governance Committee (member, 2008-2013)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Core Values Committee (Chair, 2008-2013)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Advocate Council (member, 2019 to present)
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Elect Oversight Committee (member, 2017-present)
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee (Vice Chair, 1992-1994)
  • Indiana Soybean Alliance (director, 2017 to present)
  • National BioDiesel Board (director)
  • Nationwide Insurance Board Council (member, 2014-2016)
  • Parke County Farm Bureau (Past President, 1992-2008)
  • Parke County REMC Director (2003 to present)
  • Parke County Township Advisory Board (Chairman)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • Calvary Baptist Church Member (Sunday school teacher, Deacon, Choir & Music Director)
  • Clay Community School Ag Advisory Committee
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Farm Bill Task Force
  • Parke County – Purdue Extension
  • Sycamore Trails Rural Development

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.

 
 
 

Stephanie
Hopper

Occupation: Farmer

Macy, Indiana

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The future of agriculture is bright! Opportunities are abound in current and future markets of agriculture. Part of our job as a Board of Directors is to continue to seek and implement strategies to keep our cooperative strong and productive for each of our members, their families, and their operations.”

Hopper farms with her family on a 2,200 acre grain operation, raising corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. She has a contract swine operation, raising hogs from wean to finish and a cow/calf operation finishing beef for local freezer beef sales. Hopper holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University and an Associates degree in Agriculture Economics from Purdue University. She is 32 years old.

As a young and beginning farmer serving on the Board of Directors, I believe I fill a vital role as a representative and advocate for that sector which has continued to grow each year at Farm Credit, helping us purposefully live out our motto at Farm Credit Mid-America of securing the future of rural communities and agriculture by helping the next generation of farmers.

Growing up on our family farm in north-central Indiana I knew early on I wanted to return to the farm, work, and raise my family there. Twelve years ago Farm Credit gave me that chance and has been with my family and I ever since. As directors, our goal is to always keep our customers at the heart of everything we do. Being on the board over this last year has proven to me how equipped we are to face the challenges in agriculture by the strength that lies in our cooperative system between our Farm Credit team and customers.

The future of agriculture is bright! Opportunities abound in current and future markets of agriculture. Part of our job as a Board of Directors is to continue to seek and implement strategies to keep our cooperative strong and productive to benefit each of our members, their families, and their operations.

Being a member of the Board this past year has been an amazing experience, one I am very grateful for. Even so, my greatest accomplishment in life so far has been being able to come home and farm alongside my family. Having our kids grow up beside us, sharing in the day-to-day of farming and experiencing a similar childhood as I had is something I could never replace.

Board Experience

  • Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors (director, 2021 to present)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Human Resources Committee (member, 2021 to present)
  • Miami County 4-H Swine Committee (member, 2014-2016)
  • Miami County Farm Bureau Board (member, 2021 to present)
  • Miami County Young Farmers (Treasurer, 2013-2016)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • CC’s Closet, non-profit organization (board member, 2017 to present)
  • Cornerstone Fellowship Church
  • Glen Jones Memorial FFA Ag Scholarship Committee (Co-Chair, 2013 to present)
  • North Miami High School, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach (2018 to present)

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.

 
 
 

Todd
Clark

Occupation: Farmer

Lexington, Kentucky

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The Farm Credit Mid-America Board provides direction and insight from a customer perspective. I am excited to be part of a cooperative that has the customer at heart.”

Clark is a first-generation farmer, operating a grass-finished beef and cash hay operation on approximately 1,400 acres and runs a horse boarding business. Additionally, he is actively involved in agri-tourism, through farm stays.  Clark is 51 years old.

The Farm Credit Mid-America Board provides direction and insight from a customer perspective. I am excited to be part of a cooperative that has the customer at heart. I believe technology is a critical issue in how we provide services to our customers. While technology is not new, how it is employed is every evolving and changing. I am excited to provide customer perspective on how technology can provide for a better more efficient customer experience.

I am proud of being a first generation farmer which was a dream from an early age, but that accomplishment pales in comparison to family. Family is the why.

Board Experience

  • Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors (director, 2019 to present)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Human Resources Committee (Chair, 2021 to present)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Governance Committee (member, 2019-2021)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America CEO Search Committee (member, 2021)
  • Fayette County Farm Bureau (director and Past President, 1990 to present)
  • Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center Board (Chairman, 2013 to present)
  • Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council (Treasurer, 2019 to present)
  • Kentucky Agricultural Water Quality Authority (director, 2017 to 2022)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • Burley Farmers Advisory Council
  • Council for Burley Tobacco
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Local Advisory Committee (former member)
  • First United Methodist Church, Lexington

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.

 
 
 

V. Alan
Meyer

Occupation: Farmer

Vincennes, Indiana

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I have greatly benefited through my membership and patronage with Farm Credit Mid-America. I would like to be more involved in the governance to ensure that the next generation of farmers have the same opportunity.”

Meyer is a fifth generation farmer and has raised melons, corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle. In 2013, he formed Meyer Grain Farms, LLC. The LLC is engaged in raising yellow corn, non-GMO soybeans, and soft red winter wheat on approximately 1,650 crop acres. Meyer has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University, as well as an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Vincennes University. He is 60 years old.

I have always been a strong believer in farmer-owned cooperatives. This testament has been validated by my past involvements in farmer cooperatives. Cooperatives provide their members with ownership, control and user benefits.

Farm Credit Mid-America was my first experience to the benefits of the cooperative system. It has provided access to capital to allow my business to grow. I have greatly benefited through my membership and patronage with Farm Credit Mid-America. I would like to be more involved in the governance to ensure that the next generation of farmers have the same opportunity. Access to capital and financial services are the cornerstone to growth and profitability. Farm Credit Mid-America should always be the leader in our members’ prosperity.

The greatest accomplishment in my life was being selected, by my peers, to be Chairman of the Board of CountryMark Holding Corporation. This honor allowed me to be the spokesperson for a highly successful farmer-owned cooperative. Through that leadership experience, I gained a greater understanding of the value of networking with people. The people and their interactions within an organizations is the true secret to success or failure.

Board Experience

  • Farm Credit Mid-America Advocate Council (member, 2019 to present)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Nominating Committee (member, 2021)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Local Advisory Committee (member, 2008-2018)
  • Ceres Solutions LLP (director, Secretary, 2007-2016)
  • Countrymark Cooperative (director, Chairman, 2009-2018)
  • Growers Cooperative (director, Chairman, 2000-2017)
  • Producers Livestock Association (director, 1989-2000)
  • United Producers (director, Finance Chairman, 2000-2004)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • Knox County Cooperative (director, Vice President, 1993-2000)

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.

 
 
 

Lowell
Hill

Occupation: Farmer

De Graff, Ohio

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The Board must support policies and actions that keep customer rates competitive and yet be sure the financial stability of the Association is at a very high level to make sure Farm Credit Mid-America is here for farmers in good times and bad.”

Hill farms with his son on approximately 1,500 acres, raising corn, soybeans and a small amount of hay. He is a retired General Superintendent of commercial construction. Hill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from The Ohio State University. He is 74 years old.

My background, the experience and training I have received while serving on the Board, and my commitment and dedication to serving on the Board is why I wish to continue to serve as a Director on the Board.

Currently, Farm Credit Mid-America has many technology safeguards in place in the event a cyber-attack occurs, but the Board must continue to make certain funding for systems and for personnel with the highest level of expertise is approved and in place for protection against such an attack.

Another critical issue could very well be the current economic situation globally as well as in the United States. With inflation rapidly rising and interest rates beginning to rise, customers may face challenging situations ahead which could also result in challenges for the Association. The Board must support policies and actions that keep customer rates competitive and yet be sure the financial stability of the Association is at a very high level to make sure Farm Credit Mid-America is here for farmers in good times and bad.

Having had the privilege to serve on the Board of Farm Credit Mid-America, I consider an accomplishment and an honor. In addition, having had the opportunity to live and work on a farm and expand the operation and now work with my son and his family in the operation is both a career and personal accomplishment for me.

Board Experience

  • Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors (director, 2014 to present)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Governance Committee (Chair, 2020 to present, member, 2017 to present)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Human Resources Committee (member, 2014-2017)
  • AgriBank District Farm Credit Council (member, 2017 to present)

Community &
Industry Involvement

  • American Soybean Association (member)
  • Farm Credit Mid-America Local Advisory Committee (former member)
  • Ohio Agriculture Counsel (member)
  • Ohio Farm Bureau (member)
  • Ohio Soybean Association (member)

Farm Credit Mid-America neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election for the Board of Directors.