October 19, 2015/

Ag Credit Searching for Agricultural Leaders through Fresh Perspectives Program

Kayla Laubacher


Ag Credit Searching for Agricultural Leaders through Fresh Perspectives Program

FOSTORIA, Ohio (Oct. 19, 2015)— Rural America is constantly evolving to meet the needs of a changing global agriculture economy and a new effort is underway to champion the women, men and youth whose insights and influence are ensuring thriving rural communities for years to come.

Farm Credit, one of the nation’s leading lenders and financial service providers to rural communities and agriculture, has introduced Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives to celebrate the vision and commitment it takes to be a leader in rural enterprise today and tomorrow. This program comes as Farm Credit enters its 100th year of financial support through its network of locally owned cooperative associations. Ag Credit is a proud member of the national Farm Credit System and is happy to participate in this program.

“At Ag Credit, we value individual commitment and vision,” says Connie Ruth, Ag Credit’s Marketing Coordinator. “We encourage our members and friends to nominate the individuals, couples and groups who have made a difference in their communities. We are excited to see who is selected next year.”

To recognize the diverse ways individuals are contributing to the future success of rural communities, nominations will be accepted in ten categories: Leadership (over 21), Youth Leadership (21 and younger), Rural Policy Influence, Beginning Farmer or Rancher Achievement, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sustainability and Natural Resource Conservation, Financial Stewardship, Mentoring and Volunteerism, Agriculture Education and Community Impact, and Rural and Urban Connection.

Nominations for Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives will be accepted at www.FarmCredit100.com until Dec. 18, 2015. A panel of experts will evaluate the entrants and select the top 100 honorees to be announced during National Ag Week, March 14-18, 2016. These 100 individuals will be celebrated and supported at the national and local level in an effort to build awareness of and appreciation for rural American contributions to everyday life.

Of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees, 10 exceptional leaders will each receive a $10,000 award to help further their contributions to thriving rural communities and agriculture. The 10 honorees and their guests will be invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in a special recognition event in 2016.

About Ag Credit: Ag Credit is a cooperative lender and proud member of the Farm Credit System created in 1916 to provide a reliable source of credit for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. It is one of the largest agricultural and rural lenders in northern Ohio. Ag Credit shares profits with its borrowers and is dedicated to serving the financial needs of farmers, agribusiness, rural homeowners and rural communities in its 18-county district. For additional information about Ag Credit, please visit: www.agcredit.net