August 17, 2015/

Farm Credit East Kicks-off Centennial Program: 100 Years of Service to Agriculture

Kristie Schmitt

Farm Credit Kicks-off Centennial Program: 100 Years of Service to Agriculture
Rural Leaders to be Honored

Enfield, Conn. – August 17, 2015 – Farm Credit East recently announced the launch of their centennial year. Throughout the coming year, the customer-owned cooperative will be highlighting key points in the history of the Farm Credit System. In addition, Farm Credit East is participating in a national program, Farm Credit Fresh Perspectives. This program is a search to honor one hundred individuals or organizations across the country changing the face and future of agriculture to ensure thriving rural communities for years to come.

“The Northeast has deep roots in agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products and for nearly 100 years, Farm Credit has had the privilege of working hand in hand with these producers to be a part of that history,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “This program is a way to honor the innovators who have helped evolve agriculture to meet the needs of changing consumers and are shaping it for the future.”

Nominations for Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives will be accepted at

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
  • Rural and Urban Connection

To learn more and read the nomination category descriptions, visit Apply or nominate an agricultural leader you know for Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives by December 18, 2015.


Farm Credit has supported rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. Farm Credit has been fulfilling its mission of helping these areas grow and thrive for a century by providing farmers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful and by financing vital infrastructure and communication services. Because a steady flow of capital means more jobs and economic growth, Farm Credit is able to invest in the vibrancy of communities throughout rural America. For more information about Farm Credit please visit

Farm Credit East extends more than $5.8 billion in loans and has 21 local offices in its seven-state service area. In addition to loans and leases, the organization also offers a full range of agriculturally specific financial services for businesses related to farming, horticulture, forestry and commercial fishing. Farm Credit East is governed by an 18-person board of directors. For more information, go to