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Friday, December 4, 2015

Farm Credit to Honor Rural Visionaries Nominations Accepted Through December 18

MECHANICSBURG - 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. As part of its centennial celebration, Farm Credit has launched a nationwide initiative called Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives through which it will recognize and honor 100 leaders and innovators from across the country.

“As active participants in the agricultural industry ourselves, we know how important individual commitment and vision is to our long-term success,” says Darrell Curtis, AgChoice Farm Credit president and CEO. “We applaud Farm Credit for undertaking a program to recognize these leaders, and we’re excited to see who is selected next year.”

Ten of the 100 honorees will receive a $10,000 award to help further their leadership contributions, along with a trip for themselves and a guest to Washington, D.C., in 2016 to participate in a special recognition event.

Individuals, couples and groups are eligible for nomination in ten categories, listed below. A panel of experts on rural matters will evaluate the entrants and select the top 100 honorees. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, and are being accepted now through December 18, 2015 at Winners will be announced in March, 2016.

As a Farm Credit national contributions partner, we encourage our members to participate in Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives with these three easy steps.

1. Consider: Identify the category or categories (see below) that best represent your nominee’s area of influence.

2. Visit: Go to for entry materials.

3. Complete: Submit the nomination form and brief essay. Nominations accepted until December 18, 2015.

Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives categories include:

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

Visit to learn more about Farm Credit’s centennial and Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives.

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