If you're a member of the Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, don't forego your right to vote for directors of the financial co-op. Farm Credit Services of Mid-America serves four states- Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. You should have received a ballot in the mail. If you haven't, contact your local office where you do business. Voting is underway, and continues through October 10. Results of the election will be announced to members sometime in October.
The Board consists of 16 directors, four from each state, plus two independent directors. Nine member farmers are vying for four director's seats this year. Board terms are typically four years in length.
Over 58,000 stockholders in the four states will be eligible to vote. Ballots can be mailed in once they're received and marked appropriately. Farm Credit Services of Mid-America spokesmen report that the ag lending institution currently manages over $15 billion in assets and serves 84,000 farmers, agribusinessmen and rural residents.
In Indiana, the two candidates vying for the seat up for election for the Hoosier state this year are Bert Holsapple, Orleans, and Kevin Cox, Brazil. Here's a closer look at each candidate.
Holsapple is currently a director. He farms in partnership with his sons, farming more than 2,500 acres and managing a 75-cow beef herd. He's currently president of the Orange County REMC, and on the Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Audit Committee.
Holsapple was named a Master Farmer in 2004 for his farming prowess and leadership ability. That award is co-sponsored today by Indiana Prairie farmer and the Purdue University College of Agriculture.
Kevin Cox farms roughly 3,500 acres in west-central Indiana. He finishes about 100 head of feeder cattle each year. Cox also heads TST Trucking and TST LLLC. He is an innovator in reduced tillage practices. Cox is currently a member of the Parke County REMC Board, president of the Parke County Farm Bureau, and chairman of the Farm Bureau Political Actions Committee. He previously won the prestigious Indiana Farm Bureau State Young Farmers Discussion Meet. He's been a member of the credit co-op since the mid '80s.
As is the case with any election, the important thing is that people take time to vote. In this case, that means returning your ballot, or obtaining one if you have not received one in the mail and believe you're entitled to vote. It's just one of the chances you're going to get to vote and let your feelings be known over the next several weeks!