Board of Directors
Tony Wilkie, Chairman
Tony Wilkie has been on the Board of Directors since 2011, previously joining in 2006, and has been elected as Chairman in 2017. Tony is a board member of AgriBank FCB. He is also seated on the board of Farm Credit Council Services, and is past Chair and past Vice Chair. He also serves on The AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. He has served from 1992 until 2011 as a board member of Farm Credit Midsouth. Tony has been in grain farming since 1968 and in the drainage supply business since 1990. He and his wife, Pat, farm 1,750 acres growing rice, soybeans and soft red wheat in the Mississippi River Delta of Eastern Arkansas, and owns a drainage supply business. He also serves on the boards of St. Francis County Farmers Association.
Jimmy Dodson, Vice Chair
James F. "Jimmy" Dodson has been on the Board of Directors since 2015 and was elected as board Vice Chair in 2017. Dodson grows cotton, corn, wheat and milo and operates a seed sales business near Robstown, Texas. He is the Chairman of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas’ Board of Directors. He is chairman of the Tenth District Farm Credit Council, a founding member of Cotton Leads, and serves on the boards of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council and Gulf Coast Cooperative. He also serves on the national Farm Credit Council Board of Directors, where he is a member of the executive committee. Dodson is past chairman of the National Cotton Council of America, the American Cotton Producers and the Cotton Foundation. He formerly served on the board of Cotton Incorporated. He is a past chairman of the Texas AgFinance, FCS Board of Directors and a former member of the Texas Farm Credit District Stockholders' Advisory Committee.
Brad Bean, of Gillsburg, Miss, was elected to the Farm Credit Council board in 2017 and also serves on the Farm Credit Bank of Texas' board. He and his wife own and operate a dairy farm and his other farming interests include corn, sorghum and timber. He serves on the boards of the Amite County Farm Bureau and the Amite County Cooperative.
Ed Breuer, of Mandan, N.D., operates a cow/calf operation and raises wheat, barley and oats. He has served on the AgriBank board since 2004. Breuer is a member of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association.
James "Jimmy" C. Carter, Jr., has been on the Board of Directors since 2014. Mr. Carter owns and operates with his son, Southern Belle Farm a 330-acre beef cattle and hay farm, which includes fruit and vegetable crops, and agriculturally related educational activities. Mr. Carter is a director of AgSouth Farm Credit and serves as chairman of the Henry County Water Authority. He is a representative on the Ocmulgee River Basin Advisory Council and serves as vice president of the Henry County Farm Bureau. He is a member of the board for the Henry County Cattleman's Association. Mr. Carter has been a Director on the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank board since 2011.
Dan Childs has been on the Board of Directors since 2010. He serves as a director on the Board of the Farm Credit Services of East Central Oklahoma. He has been involved in the farming community since 1975. Currently, he and his wife own a farming and ranching operation in Johnston County Oklahoma consisting of pecans, stocker cattle and wheat, as well as being an Agricultural Economist with the Noble Foundation. He is an accredited member of The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He is a member of the Johnston County Industrial Authority Board, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association and National Association of Enrolled Agents. Dan is a member of Gideons International, a US Army veteran, and has his Bachelor and Master degrees from Oklahoma State University. He serves on the Farm Credit Council Services board and the CoBank board.
Everett Dobrinski has been on the Board of Directors since 2006. He is the owner and operator of Dobrinski Farm, a cereal grain and oilseed farm in Makoti, North Dakota. Mr. Dobrinski is a member of FCS of North Dakota, ACA. He is the Chairman of CoBank’s Board of Directors. He also currently sits on the board of the North Dakota Coordinating Council for Cooperatives. Mr. Dobrinski earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota.
Mark Ellison was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016, he is from Elbow Lake, MN, and began farming in 1983. He and his wife are part of the fourth generation to operate on the family farm in Grant County, and do so along with his brother and parents. The operation has evolved from a crop/livestock operation to a corn and soybean farm. He has served on the Board of Directors for AgCountry Farm Credit Services since 1995, and is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman. He is also a past chairman of the 7th Farm Credit District Federation and Minnesota Farm Credit Federation, and has served on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Federation and on the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council.
Dan Flanagan, of Campbellsville, Ky., is president of 4-E Flanagan Farms and Saloma Chick Litter Co., owning and operating a 1,000-acre grain farm. In addition, he has a wholesale and retail produce operation. He has served on the AgriBank board since 2014. Flanagan is a director of the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council and a past director of Farm Credit Mid-America. He serves as vice chair of the Kentucky Governor's Council on Post-Secondary Education, is immediate past chair of the Kentucky Agriculture Council, past treasurer of the Kentucky Poultry Federation and past secretary of the Kentucky Soybean Association. He serves as a state officer and member of the Kentucky Jaycees Executive Committee, holds leadership positions in his church, and has served for many years as a bi-vocational minister. Flanagan previously was a facility superintendent and special assistant to the secretary of the Kentucky Department of Human Services; vice president for student affairs at Campbellsville University; acting executive director and therapist at the Regional Mental Health Agency; and special assistant to the commissioner and deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Flanagan has a master's degree in Social Work (Administration) from the University of Louisville, a master's degree in Pastoral Psychology from Southern Baptist Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Campbellsville University.
Curtis Hancock has been on the Board of Directors since 2003, and had most recently served as board Chair. Additionally, Curtis is the past Chair of River Valley ACA and board member since 1991. He is a member of the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank board. Curtis is also seated as a director for the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association, and Kentucky Farm Business Analysis Group, on which he serves as Treasurer. Farming since 1975, he holds an MS degree from University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a BS degree from University of Tennessee at Martin, and attended University of Kentucky.
Dale Hershey has been on the Board of Directors since 2015. He is a senior partner in Hershey Brothers Dairy Farm in Manheim, PA cultivating 650 acres of corn, alfalfa, soybeans, rye and barley. He is a member of the Lancaster County Blue Ribbon Agriculture Commission, the Penn Township Ag Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders, and Akron Mennonite Church, where he serves as deacon. He also serves on the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank Board of Directors (Chairman), the AgFirst District Farm Credit Council Board (Chairman). Mr. Hershey serves on the Board, the Human Resources Committee, and the Communications Advocacy Program Committee for MidAtlantic Farm Credit. He has served on the Board since 1996 and his term expires in 2015. He has achieved certification from the Premier Governance Series, a nation-wide board member training program.
Herb Holzapfel has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. He resides in Glenn County and farms 575 acres of rice and raises beef cattle on ranches in Northern California and Eastern Oregon. Mr. Holzapfel has been a member of Farmers’ Rice Cooperative in 1985 and presently serves as Chairman of the Board. A graduate of California State University–Chico with a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science. Serves as Director of the Colusa-Glenn Production Credit Association. Interests include rice legislation, marketing, water and environmental legislation and regulation.
Richard P. Janiga, has been on the Board of Directors since 2013. He owns and operates R + D Janiga Enterprises, LLC a 300-cow dairy, cash crop and custom harvest operation. Rick has been on the Farm Credit East Board since 2000, previously serving as Vice Chairman. He also serves on the Town of Marilla Planning Board and the Upstate Niagara Milk Cooperative Board of Delegates.
Herb Karst has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. He is president of Karag, Inc., a family-held corporation that produces wheat, barley, canola, and hay on a 4,300-acre farm. Karst has served on the board of directors for both the National Barley Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers. He has served on the board of Northwest Farm Credit Services since 2008.
David Kragnes is the owner/operator of a wheat, soybean and corn farm in Felton, Minnesota. He serves as a director for the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, an advisory board in Fargo, North Dakota. Mr. Kragnes attended North Dakota State University. He joined the CoBank board in 2009.
Jon Marthedal is the owner/operator of Marthedal Farms in Fresno, California, producing grapes, raisins and blueberries, and co-owner of Keystone Blue Farms which also produces blueberries. In addition to CoBank, Mr. Marthedal serves as director of Sun-Maid Growers of California and he currently serves as President of the California Blueberry Association and vice chair of the California Raisin Marketing board. He also serves as vice chair of the Raisin Administrative Committee. He is a member of the Agricultural Council of California and Nationwide Board Council, and is a director for the California Blueberry Commission. Mr. Marthedal has a BS degree in Agricultural Business from California State University at Fresno. He joined the CoBank board in 2013.
Loyd has been on the Board of Directors since 2006 as a representative of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Loyd is a retired row-crop, cattle and poultry farmer. He has served 32 years as General Manager of the local farmers Co-op. His past service includes president of the Alabama Council Farmer Cooperatives, Lawrence County Poultry Association and member of the Alabama Agricultural Council. He was elected to the board of the FLBA of North Alabama, now Alabama Farm Credit, ACA, in 1990 and elected Chairman in 1995. Rutherford has also served on the Farm Credit Council Services board since 2009.
Robert H. Spiers, Jr., has been on the Board of Directors since 2013. He is the a member of the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank board. He is a full-time farmer, with a tobacco, corn, wheat, milo, and soybean operation on 1,400 acres in Dinwiddie County, Va. He currently serves on the boards of Colonial Farm Credit, ACA, Tobacco Associates, Inc. and Dinwiddie County Farm Bureau. He is also a director on the Virginia Flue-cured Tobacco Board, and a governor appointed member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission. He has been active on a number of Virginia Farm Bureau advisory committees.
Rollin Tonneson, has been on the Board of Directors since 2017, he is from Souris, ND and is a livestock and grain farmer. Prior to farming, Rollin taught high school in West Fargo and Fergus Falls, MN. He is a member of the Manitoba-ND Zero-Tillage Association, the Bottineau County Ag Improvement Association and Farm Bureau. He was elected to the Farm Credit Services of North Dakota board in 1999.
Kim Vanneman has been on the Board of Directors since 2009. Kim is a member of the Farm Credit Council Services Board, and currently serving as Chair. She and her husband own and operate Vanneman Farms, a diversified farming operation including row crops, small grains, finishing feeder pigs and a commercial beef cow herd. She is also a former member of the South Dakota State Legislature. Kim was elected to the Farm Credit Services of America board in 2007. She has a bachelor degree in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University and is an alumnus of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program.
Scott Whittington joined the Farm Credit Council Board in 2015. He is the general manager of Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative, an electric distribution cooperative in Burlington, Kansas. He joined the CoBank board in 2013 and is a member of the Risk Committee. Additionally, he sits on the board of the First National Bank of Kansas, is president of the board of trustees of Kansas Electric Power Cooperative Inc., and is an alternate trustee for the Kansas Electric Cooperatives. Mr. Whittington is also a member of the executive council of the Kansas Touchstone Energy Cooperative. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and East Asian studies from Wittenberg University, and attended the MBA program at the University of Toledo.
Tony raises corn, soybeans, wheat and beef cattle. He retired as field representative for the Indiana Farm Bureau in 2008. He is a member of the Gibson County Farm Bureau, Indiana Association of Counties, Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, Shiloh Church Cemetery Board and the Selective Service Board. He serves on the Ag Committee for Congressman Bucshon and is an eight year veteran of the Indiana National Guard. Tony attended the University of Evansville, and was a Gibson County Councilman for 14 years. He is a former member of the Evansville Farm Credit Advisory Committee and serves as chair of the Board’s Human Resources Committee, is PAC Chairman, and represents Farm Credit Mid-America on the National Farm Credit Council.
Farm Credit by the Numbers
Number of Loans at Dec. 31, 2016
Farm Credit Customers Nationwide
- $253 Billion
Total Loan Volume at Dec. 31, 2016
- $12.2 billion
New Loans to Small Farmers and Ranchers in 2014