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A 2011 FFA Alumni Distinguished Service Award Winner

Farm Credit, a national provider of financing and related services to agricultural producers and agribusinesses, has launched a new youth outreach effort at the 84th Annual FFA Convention and Career Show under the theme “Farm Credit Rocks”.

The booth offers attendees a high-energy experience, with a chance to play Rock Band Country, win free music downloads and receive a commemorative event photo at More than 55,000 FFA members are expected to attend this year’s event, and will have an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career opportunities available within the Farm Credit System. FCS Financial is a member of the Farm Credit System.

As part of the national FFA event, Farm Credit is being presented with the 2011 FFA Alumni Distinguished Service Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA and agricultural education. Farm Credit is being recognized for its ongoing and enthusiastic commitment supporting FFA programs. Last year the Farm Credit System reported:

• 6,160 volunteer hours for FFA
• 31 organizations with at least one employee involved in a local or regional FFA board or committee
• 59 organizations contributed financial resources to local or regional FFA events

“Strong alumni chapters help build strong FFA chapters and we appreciate the relationship we have with Farm Credit in both their FFA alumni support, and all of the other program areas Farm Credit sponsors,” said Maggie Halferty, FFA Senior Regional Director.

“To be recognized with the FFA Distinguished Service Award means so much to all of us at Farm Credit,” said Greg Taylor, Vice President at AgriBank and National FFA Board member. “Our partnership with FFA allows Farm Credit to connect and engage with the young people who represent the future of this industry in so many meaningful ways, and in the next five to ten years we plan to be there for these same kids--whether they’re looking for a lender or an employer or both.”

“Farm Credit offers terrific opportunities for rewarding careers with many avenues for growth and development,” said Ashley Searles, Director of Recruitment from Louisville-based Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, “Our goal with FFA is to connect with young, dynamic agriculturalists to educate them about the career opportunities that exist nationally with Farm Credit.”

The Farm Credit System is comprised of 84 cooperatively-structured retail lending associations and five wholesale banks, with a mission to improve the income and well-being of American farmers and ranchers by furnishing sound, adequate and stable credit.

With national career opportunities located in both rural and metropolitan areas, currently lists more than 150 available positions in all areas of business operations including credit, finance, leasing, human resources, insurance, audit, information technology, legal and marketing.

About FFA

National FFA, also known as Future Farmers of America, educates its 540,000 middle and high school students about the science, business and technology of agriculture. The 2011 Convention is being held October 19 -22 in Indianapolis, IN. Farm Credit is a national sponsor of the organization, and many of Farm Credit’s regional entities support local chapters with both financial donations and volunteer hours.

About Farm Credit: Lending Support to Rural America

FCS Financial is a member of the Farm Credit System. For 95 years, Farm Credit has been a national provider of credit and related services to rural America through a cooperative network of customer-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations. Created by Congress in 1916, the Farm Credit System provides more than $175 billion in loans and leases to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives. For more information about the Farm Credit System, please visit
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