Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives

Jimmy Dodson
Farmer and President of Dodson Farms, and Farm Credit Director

Category
Location
Robstown, Texas
Farm Credit Affiliation
Texas Farm Credit Services
Jimmy's Perspective

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.

Jimmy 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 Directors.

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 producers.

Jimmy 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.

Jimmy is 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.

“I hope 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,” Jimmy says.

If these 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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