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James Putnam, II

Title: Executive Vice President, Marketing and Planning

Organization: Farm Credit East, ACA

Location: Enfield, Connecticut

Years with Farm Credit: 37

Potential Interview Topics: History of the Farm Credit System; Evolution of agriculture and the Farm Credit System; Northeast agriculture

James Putnam is a 37-year Farm Credit System veteran and currently serves as a member of the senior leadership team for Farm Credit East, ACA, the association serving six Northeastern states. His responsibilities include strategic planning, financial services, business consulting, customer communications, corporate spokesperson, marketing, and Knowledge Exchange and Management. Farm Credit East serves 12,000 customers in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island with $4 billion of loans and a diverse program of financial services that help farmers successfully manage their businesses.

In addition to his official duties, Mr. Putnam has developed a passion to better understand and capture the history of the Farm Credit System which formally dates to July 1916, but really goes much further back. He started to write about various aspects of Farm Credit System history at the time of our 90th Anniversary and has continued to pursue his interest in this fascinating American story of cooperation, self-help and success in building a farmer-owned financial pipeline from the national money markets to rural communities all across our great nation. In addition to his own research, he is a strong advocate for preserving the rich history of the System in anticipation of our 100th Anniversary in 2016.

Mr. Putnam is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.S.) and Iowa State University (M.S.) having majored in agricultural economics. He has extensive community involvement and has served as the elected Town Meeting Moderator of the Town of Southwick, Massachusetts since 1993.

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