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MAR

EVENT

5 VA Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade 9-10 Washington County Homeshow

PLACE

Richmond, VA Hagerstown, MD

10 Daylight Saving Time begins

15 Sales closing for spring planted crops

16-17 Frederick County Homeshow

APR EVENT

Frederick, MD PLACE

2 Annual Stockholder Meeting

Thurmont, MD

3 Annual Stockholder Meeting

New Holland, PA

4 Annual Stockholder Meeting

Dover, DE

21 Easter

MAY EVENT

1 Sales closing for nursery

3 Farm Credit Employee Event

27 Memorial Day

PLACE

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We say it often, but it’s true­—we’re not like other banks. In fact, we’re not a bank at all. Farm Credit is a nationwide agricultural lending cooperative, providing our members with access to consistent, reliable credit, in good times and bad. There are many benefits to being a member of Farm Credit, one of which is having a say in how your cooperative is run. Each year, our members have the opportunity to vote for our board of directors. The best part? The candidates are their peers—fellow hardworking Farm Credit customers who understand the challenges farmers face and are willing to be the voice of their community. In this issue of the Leader, we introduce four of our directors. They, together with our other board members and customers, ensure our association continues on a successful path, that we live up to our mission, and remain a constant source of support to our members, their families, and our communities. Brian Boyd of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, owns and operates a poultry operation and custom planting enterprise. Brian, with help from his wife, Amy, and the two eldest of their six children, make sure the operation runs smoothly, allowing time for Brian to serve as our board’s Vice Chairman. In 2005, Paul Baumgardner of Emmitsburg, Maryland joined our board. After years of running a dairy operation, then transitioning to hay, beef, and produce, Paul and his family opened Harvest Barn Country Market in 2018, providing consumers with access to locally sourced food and handcrafted gifts. Jenny Rhodes, current Chair of our board, grew up immersed in agriculture, at a time when young women were not often seen in the field. Today, Jenny owns and operates both a poultry operation and grain farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, while also serving as a senior agent with Queen Anne’s County Extension. Lastly, we introduce you to Joe Snapp of Winchester, Virginia. Joe and his family own West Oaks Farm, a diverse operation growing apples, peaches, row crops, and Angus cattle, which also includes a farm market and event center. Joe and his wife, Mary, are the ninth generation to farm this land, and they make sure their children are included in every aspect of the family business. Not only does this issue give you a glimpse into the lives of some of our directors, but it also includes a recap of AgPitch18, information about our 2019 annual stockholder meetings (which are right around the corner, by the way), and an overview of the seven principles all cooperatives abide by, including Farm Credit. We covered a lot, so grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair, and enjoy! Wishing you a safe spring season,

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