Eleven farmers have been nominated to fill five Board of Director positions at Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, one of the largest agriculture lending cooperatives in the nation serving farmers and agribusinesses throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. Ballots will be mailed in mid-September to the cooperative's 76,000+ voting stockholders. Those stockholder-members will have through mid-October to cast their ballots.
Over 15,000 customers attend one of the association's which are held throughout the summer. The candidates – who are customers of Farm Credit – generally attend and have the opportunity to meet with other customers.
"One of the core values of a cooperative is customers have an equal say in decisions that impact how their association is run. Those decisions are voiced through their elected representatives underscoring the importance of participating in the election process," says .
The board is comprised of 16 elected directors - four from each state the association serves. Two independent directors also serve on the board. Directors meet monthly to set policy and provide overall direction for the association. Board terms are four years and one position per state is up for election each year. This year, a fifth position, with a two-year term, is on the ballot due to a vacancy left by FCS Director Matt Walther. Matt was elected to the AgriBank Farm Credit Bank's Board of Directors earlier this year.
On the same ballot, customer-stockholders will elect members to the 2012 FCS Nominating Committee. This committee is comprised of 20 members – five members from each state the association serves. Representatives of the Nominating Committee will meet next June to select candidates for the 2012 elected positions.
The 4-year board candidates from Ohio are listed below. Randy Metzger of Williamsport, farms more than 2,500 acres raising corn, soybeans and wheat in a combination of sole proprietor and family partnerships with his father and cousin. He is a member of the Farm Bureau, the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association. Randy has a wealth of board experience including serving as director on the following boards: the Deercreek Township Trustee (chair), the Southwest Pickaway Fire District (chair), the Pickaway County Planning Commission, the Circleville Oil Board and the Pickaway Soil and Water Conservation District (past chair). He is also on the Pickaway Competitive Network Ag Committee and the Pickaway County Extension Advisory Committee. He formerly served on the Deercreek Township Zoning Board. He attended The Ohio State University and is a graduate of Westfall High School and OSU's Lead Program. He and his wife, Cindy, have three grown children: Erin, Lauren and Ryan.
Andrew Wilson of Somerset, is a full time farmer who operates a 645-acre corn, soybean, wheat and hay operation. As a contract grower for Heimerl Farms Ltd, he has a wean-to-breeding and a wean-to-finish gilt operation. He also operates a cow/calf operation independently. Andrew is a member at Fairfield Christian Church where he has served as a deacon. He is a member of the Farm Bureau where he has served in many capacities. After becoming a county member, he served as a county board member and was the chair of the Promotion and Education committee. He was also a committee member of the Young Farmers and Ranchers and served two terms as a state board director. He attended Wilmington College of Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness with an emphasis in swine production. He and his wife, Johanne, have four children: Jaxon, Jenna, Jorge and Journey. Andrew has served on the FCS board since 2007. He is a former member of the Cambridge FCS Advisory Committee.