July 27, 2015/

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Announces Farm Credit Launches Search for 100 Industry Leaders Shaping the Future of Rural Communities and Agriculture

July 27, 2015

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Farm Credit Launches Search for 100 Industry Leaders Shaping the Future of Rural Communities and Agriculture

Nominations Sought in Conjunction with Farm Credit 100th Anniversary

BAINBRIDGE, GA – To commemorate a century of service to rural communities and agriculture, Farm Credit announced a nationwide search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing the future of rural communities and agriculture for the better. Nominations for the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives will be accepted at farmcredit100.com until December 18, 2015.

“We appreciate the vision and commitment that it takes to remain successful over time in agriculture and constantly evolving rural industries,” said Richard S. Monson, Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. “The Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees will be recognized for their exceptional contributions and vision in positively shaping what is next for rural communities and agriculture.

“We’re confident that many of these innovators and leaders in rural communities and agriculture are right here in southwest Georgia,” Monson continued.

Anyone can nominate a deserving individual for the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honor. Farmers and ranchers, as well as individuals who represent other agribusinesses, cooperatives, academic institutions, government agencies, community and non-government organizations, are encouraged to apply.

“We are seeking individuals from a variety of backgrounds to apply for the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives,” Monson said. “At Farm Credit, we believe the future will be defined by a wide range of individual fresh perspectives within rural communities and agriculture.”

A panel of experts on rural matters, including Farm Credit leaders and representatives from around the agriculture industry, will evaluate and select the top 100 honorees. Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees will be announced in March 2016. The recognition of these 100 people whose collective contributions will shape the future is a reflection of the cooperative, locally-owned structure of Farm Credit.

Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees will have the opportunity to share their stories, inspire with their vision and demonstrate their leadership through promotional

opportunities. Ten distinguished Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees – one from each nomination category – will receive a $10,000 cash prize to help further their contributions to thriving rural communities and agriculture. These 10 honorees and a guest also will be invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in a special Farm Credit recognition event in 2016.

Nomination information and additional details about the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives are available at farmcredit100.com.

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, headquartered in Bainbridge, is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member-borrowers. It provides farm loans for land, equipment, livestock and production, as well as rural home mortgages. It is part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers and rural America. Farm Credit will celebrate it’s 100th year in July, 2016. For more information, visit SWGAFarmCredit.com.

About the Farm Credit System

Farm Credit supports 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 www.farmcredit.com.

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