Farm Credit Affiliation
Texas Farm Credit Services
Third-generation farmer Jimmy
Dodson has a rich farming background in the Coastal Bend of Texas, where he farms more than 12,000 acres of cotton, corn, and grain.
has spent many years serving the agricultural industry through his leadership of several different professional organizations. A Farm Credit customer-owner since 1974, Jimmy was first elected to the
Tenth District Farm Credit Council in 2003 and has served as chairman since 2012.
He also chairs the Farm Credit Bank of Texas board and sits on the bank’s audit and compensation committees. Jimmy serves on the national Farm Credit Council board and previously served as chairman of Texas AgFinance, FCS (now Texas Farm Credit Services) Board of
Demonstrating his additional support of the industries he serves, Jimmy is a director for the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council.
He is past chairman of American Cotton Producers, the Cotton Foundation and the
National Cotton Council of America (NCC), where he also chaired the Farm
Program, Economic Policy Committee and the Environmental Task Force. For his
work on behalf of the industry, Jimmy received the High Cotton Award, the
Cotton Achievement award, and this year received the Council's highest honor: the Harry S. Baker
Distinguished Service Award. He formerly served on the
board of Cotton Incorporated and is a founding member of Cotton Leads, a
responsible cotton production organization of U.S. and Australian cotton
works tirelessly to volunteer and serve in leadership roles around his community.
He is active in his church and has served on several local school boards. He
finds great satisfaction in mentoring young producers in an effort to help them
develop successful and productive ag operations.
inspired by the results and successes he witnesses, including, he says, “Seeing
the dreams of a neighbor come true because of a Farm Credit loan; watching a
producer walk the halls of Congress for the first time to tell their story; seeing the accomplishment in the face of a 4H kid at the show with their first
project; sharing with farmers around the world as our common bonds outweigh our
differences; knowing that grower-led boll weevil eradication has lowered
pesticide applications dramatically and improved yields; looking for the next
victory of fact over emotion.”
He is a
strong and vocal advocate for improving or changing governmental policies to
help protect and support ag producers and preserve the farming way of life. He
enjoys public speaking and working with the media, and has made impacts locally
and nationally as he works to promote agriculture and stewardship of natural resources.
to achieve better understanding of agriculture by all stakeholders, lower
barriers to entry and success for producers of food and fiber by better
communication, realistic and effective regulations, fewer trade imbalances,
coordinated research and a meaningful and simpler governmental safety net,”
goals are accomplished, he says, “I believe the planet has untapped capacity to
produce all the food needed for the people who are born. Billions more hungry
people should expect an opportunity to eat and eat healthy. With conservation,
reasonably deployed technology in ag, and people who can afford to take the
risks to grow food and fiber, everyone can see these expectations met.”
Jimmy earned a degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and was selected as a member of Ty Timm Honor Registry of former A&M students.
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