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Mary Fritz Elected Chair of The Farm Credit Council Board of Directors

WASHINGTON – At its recently completed organizational meeting, the Board of Directors of The Farm Credit Council elected Mary Fritz of Chester, Montana, as Board Chair – the first woman to lead the Board in the Council’s 30 year history – and Curtis Hancock of Fulton, Kentucky, as Vice Chairman.

Fritz has served on the board of CoBank since 2003 and is currently Second Vice Chair of the CoBank Board. She is a former chair of the Northwest Farm Credit Services board. She joined The Farm Credit Council Board of Directors in 2008. Fritz is the owner and operator of Quarter Circle JF Ranch, Inc., a dry land grain and cow-calf operation in Chester, Montana.

Hancock has farmed since 1975 and operates a 5,000-acre farm that produces corn, soybeans and wheat. He is Vice Chair of Jackson Purchase ACA and is also Vice Chair of the Board of FCCServices. He has served on the Council Board since 2003.

The Farm Credit Council Board elected the following directors to join Fritz and Hancock on the Council’s Executive Committee:

  • Mike Garnett, the immediate past Chairman of The Farm Credit Council. Garnett raises cattle and has a custom haying and bailing business in Spearman, Texas. Garnett has served on the board of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas since 1999.
  • Doug Felton, of Cannon Falls, Minnesota. A grain farmer, Felton was elected to the AgriBank Board in 1996.
  • Tom Klahn, of Lodi, Wisconsin. Klahn operates a farm producing corn, soybeans and vegetables, and was elected to the AgriBank Board in 2002.

The Farm Credit Council was established in 1983 by the leadership of the Farm Credit System to ensure that Farm Credit institutions have an advocate for their interests before Congress and federal regulatory agencies. Each of the System’s districts elects directors to serve on the Farm Credit Council board, ensuring that the views of all System institutions are reflected in the policy positions adopted and advocated by the Council.

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The Farm Credit Council is the national trade association representing the institutions of the Farm Credit System. The Farm Credit System is a federally chartered network of borrower-owned lending institutions comprised of cooperatives and related service organizations. Its mission is to provide sound and dependable credit to American farmers, ranchers, producers or harvesters of aquatic products, their cooperatives, and certain farm-related businesses. For more information on The Farm Credit Council, visit www.fccouncil.com.

Mike Mason