March 15, 2016/

Robstown Farmer Jimmy Dodson Honored by Farm Credit in National Search for 100 Visionaries Shaping Rural America and Agriculture

ROBSTOWN, Texas – James F. “Jimmy” Dodson of Robstown, a cotton producer and member of Texas Farm Credit Services, is among the visionaries recognized nationally through Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, a search to identify 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better. The honorees were announced on March 15, National Ag Day, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Farm Credit launched the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives program as part of its 100th anniversary of service to rural communities and agriculture. As a Fresh Perspectives honoree in the Leadership (21 and Up) category, Dodson joins an impressive list of leaders in agriculture and rural enterprise.

A third-generation farmer, Dodson has a rich agricultural background in the Coastal Bend, where he grows cotton, corn and grain on more than 12,000 acres and operates a seed sales business. In February he received the highest honor from the National Cotton Council of America, the Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award, for his work on behalf of the cotton industry. Previously, he received Cotton Grower magazine’s 2014 Cotton Achievement Award and the 2009 Southwest Region Farm Press High Cotton Award.

Dodson serves on the boards of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council and of Gulf Coast Cooperative, and is past chairman of American Cotton Producers, the Cotton Foundation and the National Cotton Council of America, where he also chaired the council’s Farm Program, Economic Policy Committee and Environmental Task Force. He also has served on the board of Cotton Incorporated, and is a founding member of the Cotton LEADS program, an alliance of U.S. and Australian producers committed to sustainable, responsible cotton production.

A Farm Credit member since 1974, he is chairman of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas Board of Directors and former chairman of the board at Texas AgFinance, now Texas Farm Credit Services, a customer-owned lending cooperative based in Robstown. He also serves on the board of the national Farm Credit Council, and is chairman of the Tenth District Farm Credit Council.

In addition to his contributions on the state and national levels, Dodson volunteers and serves in leadership roles around his community. He is active in his church, has served on local school boards, and finds great satisfaction in mentoring young ag producers.

“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,” said Dodson, a vocal advocate for policies that help preserve the farming way of life.

Jodi McManus, a credit analyst at Texas Farm Credit’s Robstown headquarters, nominated him for the Fresh Perspectives honor.

“Mr. Dodson works tirelessly on behalf of agriculture and stewardship of natural resources,” McManus said. “Something he once shared with the staff of Texas Farm Credit exemplifies how he lives his life: ‘You will have long days and short years. Invest your life in people, improvement, communities and reputation.’”

The Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees were selected by a panel of experts on rural matters, including Farm Credit leaders and others from around the agriculture industry.

“Farm Credit has supported rural communities and agriculture for 100 years, and we appreciate the vision it takes to remain successful over time in agriculture and rapidly evolving, thriving rural industries,” said Mark Miller, Texas Farm Credit chief executive officer. “We are delighted to honor Jimmy Dodson for his contributions to a vibrant future for rural America.”

For a complete list of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees, visit farmcredit100.com/top100.

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