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Board of Directors’ vote especially important this year

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Stock-holding customers encouraged to vote, continue to help us

May 07, 2020    |    News Stories

Your vote in the Board of Directors’ election is critically important this year, as it is a true expression of your commitment to one another, this country and its deep roots in rural life and agriculture.

Farm Credit Mid-America asks stockholding customers to vote to elect or re-elect three members to the Association’s Board of Directors. Rare has been the time this benefit of belonging to a cooperative – the right to choose who governs, directs and influences operations – has been as important as it is in 2020.

The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have upended every segment of American life, with an especially stark impact on agriculture and rural communities. Prices, labor, market access and the supply chain, worker health and safety, reduced ethanol production have all significantly impacted farmer’s’ operations.

State and local stay-at-home orders have kept farmers away from farmers’ markets, a staple for many operations, as well as made it more difficult to secure feed, seed and fertilizer. What hasn’t been significantly affected is customers’ access to reliable credit, support and help from Farm Credit Mid-America.

Much of Farm Credit Mid-America’s ability to stay connected to customers, to be a reliable partner in farmers’ operations and to deliver strong financial results is driven by our Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors, men and women whose livelihoods depend on the strength of rural communities and agriculture. They also have a very personal and intimate understanding of how the coronavirus is impacting their operations.

With agriculture as unsettled as it ever has been, maintaining sound counsel on the board is critical, so it’s especially important for stockholding customers to vote – to choose a diverse and well-rounded board that offers sage advice, sound counsel, built-in accountability, tenured experience and unparalleled expertise.

Now more than ever.

Board of director candidates were announced April 16, after the Association’s annual meeting. There are three board openings, one each in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. To learn more about the candidates on the 2020 ballot, click here to view their individual profiles.

Voting – by mail and online – opens May 7 and runs through June 4. Customers with voting stock are eligible to vote and voting stock is purchased at the time of a customer’s loan origination. Election results will be announced in June.

Your vote in the Board of Directors’ election is critically important this year, as it is a true expression of your commitment to one another, this country and its deep roots in rural life and agriculture.