Farm Credit Mid-America Board

Farm Credit Mid-America is a cooperative owned by its customer stockholders who purchase voting stock, giving them the right to participate in director elections and vote on issues influencing the operations of the Association.

The Board of Directors consists of both stockholder elected directors and two directors appointed by the Board. Terms are four years. The Board meets regularly to set policy and provide overall direction to the Association’s leadership. Elections for open positions on the Board take place each fall.

Interested in serving on the Board of Directors? Fill out our online form.

If you prefer, you may download the PDF recommendation form. Send the completed document and any questions to Matt Muller, Corporate Secretary and Governance Manager:matt.muller@e-farmcredit.com or Fax to: (502)420-3428

Indiana Directors

Dwain "Doc" Cottingham

Attica, Indiana, Grain Farmer

Doc is the vice president of a family corporation and a managing member of a family partnership, both farming enterprises. He also oversees a 1,300-acre grain operation in west-central Indiana as its sole proprietor. Doc is a member of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Farm Bureau Association and previously served as a member of the Warren County Farm Services Agency County Committee. He serves as a member of the Warren County Sheriff’s Merit Board and a member of the Adams Township Trustee Advisory Board. He is also a trustee for the Pine Village United Methodist Church and is a member of the Pine Village F&AM Masonic Lodge (Past Master). Doc currently serves on the Board’s Human Resources Committee and is a former Williamsport Farm Credit Mid-America Advisor. Doc received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.

Tony Wolfe

Hazleton, Indiana, Grain and Cattle Farmer

Tony raises corn, soybeans, wheat and beef cattle. He retired as field representative for the Indiana Farm Bureau in 2008. He is a member of the Gibson County and Indiana Farm Bureau, and the Gibson County Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Ag Committee for Congressman Bucshon and is an eight year veteran of the Indiana National Guard. He is a former director/legislative committee member of the Indiana Association of Counties. Tony attended the University of Evansville, and was a Gibson County Councilman for 14 years. He is a former member of the Evansville Farm Credit Advisory Committee and previously chaired the Board’s Human Resources Committee. He currently serves on the Board’s Audit Committee and is a member of the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council and the National Farm Credit Council.

Kaye Hurst Whitehead

Muncie, Indiana, Grain and Hog Farmer

Kaye is a full-time farmer raising grain, row crops and hogs. She serves on the Delaware County Farm Bureau Board, is a director of Delaware County Pork Producers, and is on the Harris Chapel Church Board. Kaye is currently on the Ivy Tech Community College Board and the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Board. She has also served on the National and Indiana Pork Producer Boards – where she was chair at the state level – the Federal Reserve Board of Chicago Advisory on Agriculture, the Minnestrista Cultural Center Board, the Delaware County Sheriff's Merit Board, the ASCS State Board and the Meat Export Federation Board. She is a member of the Indiana Soybean Association and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Kaye received an associate degree in science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky. . She currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee, is a member of the Risk Management Committee, and serves as PAC Chair. Kaye previously served on the Audit and Human Resources Committees.

Kentucky Directors

David Bates

Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Cattle and Grain Farmer

David raises beef cows, replacement heifers, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, hay, wheat and barley. He is a director of the Bullitt County Farm Bureau. He is a former director of the 1st Kentucky PCA, the Elizabethtown Advisory Committee and the Farm Credit Council. David attended the University of Louisville and Freed Hardeman University. He has served on the Board since 1988 and is the former vice chair. He currently serves on the Board’s Governance Committee and is a former member of the Human Resources and Risk Management Committees.

Mary Courtney

Bagdad, Kentucky, Tobacco, Grain and Vegetable Farmer

Mary raises burley tobacco, grain, wholesale produce and cattle on more than 600 acres in the city of Bagdad located in central Kentucky. Along with her husband Shane, they co-own Courtney Farms, LLC and Lawns of Perfection, LLC. Mary serves on the board of the Shelby County Farm Bureau and the Shelby County District Extension Board. She is also a member of the Shelby County Extension Council, Horticulture and Agriculture Advisory Council, and has been appointed to the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture’s Hunger Task Force. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Ag Economics, she worked as a Farm Credit Mid-America financial services officer in the early 2000s. In 2008, she started farming full time with her husband. They have four children. Mary was recognized as Monsanto’s 2016 America’s Farm Mom of the Year. Mary currently serves as Chair of the Board's Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Risk Management Committee. She previously served on the Governance Committee.

John Kuegel Jr.

Owensboro, Kentucky, Dairy and Grain Farmer

John is a full-time farmer with a dairy and grain operation. He has served as the past state chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee. He is a director and past president of the Daviess County Farm Bureau, chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s second district, past president of Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club and a member of the Daviess County Extension Board. He is a former state president of the Kentucky FFA and a currently serves as the District 2 Chairman, the Daviess County Extension Council, Deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, former member of the Owensboro Farm Credit Advisory Committee. John received a degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky. He is currently serving as the Board’s Vice Chair and Chairs the Risk Management Committee. He previously served on the Board’s Governance Committee.

Ohio Directors

Lowell Hill

De Graff, Ohio, Grain Farmer

Lowell and his son raise grain on more than 1,100 acres in central Ohio. He is a retired General Superintendent with Thomas and Marker Construction. He is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Soybean Association, the American Soybean Association, Boggs Masonic Lodge #292 and De Graff United Methodist Church. Lowell received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from The Ohio State University. Lowell serves on the Board's Governance Committee and is a member of the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. Prior to being elected to the Farm Credit Mid-America Board, he served on the Bellefontaine Advisory Committee.

Andrew Wilson

Somerset, Ohio, Grain, Hay, Pig and Cattle Farmer (Chairman of the Board)

Andrew is a full-time family farmer. He raises corn, soybeans, wheat and forages. He is a contract swine grower. He has a wean-to-finish gilt operation. He and his children also raise cattle and sell farm-to-freezer beef. He is a member of Ohio Pork Producers, Fairfield Christian Church, and the Farm Bureau. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from Wilmington College of Ohio. He is a past director of The Ohio Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau. At Farm Credit Mid-America he previously served as the Risk Management Committee Chair, Human Resources Committee Chair, Board of Directors Vice Chair, and now currently serves as Board of Directors Chair.

Rachael Vonderhaar

Camden, Ohio, Grain, Cattle, and Sheep Farmer

Rachael farms with her family on a 2,800 acre row crop family operation, runs cow/calf and ewe/lamb operations, installs custom systematic drainage tile and custom mixes and bags bird seed. Rachael was elected to the Board in 2017. Affiliations include the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program Checkoff, Preble County Farm Service Agency, Wheat Foods Council, Ohio Agri-Women, Preble County Farm Bureau, Ohio Federation of Republican Women, Preble County Habitat for Humanity, and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Association. Rachael is a former member of her local advisory committee and FCMA Nominating Committees. She is a member of the Audit Committee.

Tennessee Directors

Hugh Adams

Dresden, Tennessee, Grain Farmer

Hugh is a grain farmer and retired from the Tennessee Farm Bureau, having served 35 years as a field service director. He is involved in the Weakley County Farm Bureau as Director and is a member of the Tennessee Soybean Association and Tennessee Corn Growers Association. He serves as director for the West Tennessee River Basin Authority and is a former member of the Dresden Farm Credit Advisory Committee. Hugh holds a degree in Agricultural Business from Mississippi State University. He currently serves on the Board’s Human Resource Committee.

Donald Blankenship

Murfreesboro, Tennessee Grain and Beef Cattle Farmer

Donald is a full-time farmer raising vegetables, hay, row crops and beef cattle. He is a member of the Farm Bureau and is past vice president and secretary for the Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers. Donald was secretary-treasurer of Mid-States Produce and is a member of the Rutherford Farmers Co-op. He was a member of the Lebanon Advisory Committee and the 2007 Nominating Committee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from Middle Tennessee State University. Donald previously served as the Board's secretary and on the Board’s Governance Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee and is on the Risk Management Committee.

Brandon Robbins

Cookeville, Tennessee Cattle Farmer and Agriculture Equipment Dealer

Brandon has a cow calf operation with cows and feeder calves. He owns and operates R&R Farms and Mountain Farm International, LLC, an agriculture equipment dealership. Brandon is a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Overton Farmers’ Cooperative. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University. At MTSU, he was alumni vice president for Alpha Gamma Rho, an agricultural fraternity and president of Student Government Association. He currently serves as the Board Secretary and previously served on the Governance Committee.

Dale "Bud" Tucker

Greeneville, Tennessee Hay, Timber and Cattle Farmer

Bud operates a commercial beef cattle operation, hay and timber on his farm in east Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Agriculture. He is past president of the Greene County Farmers Cooperative and serves as the Treasurer and Deacon at First Baptist Church of Baileyton. He has served on the Greene County Farm Bureau Board, the Greene County NRCS Committee, and the Tennessee FFA Board and is past president of the Tennessee Association of Ag Educators. He is a former member of the Farm Credit Advisory Committee in Greeneville and previously served on Nominating Committees. Bud serves on the Board’s Human Resources Committee and previously served on the Governance and Risk Management Committees.

Appointed Directors

Barney Barnett

Shelbyville, Kentucky

Barney has served as an appointed director for Farm Credit Mid-America since June 1998. Previously, he owned Management Recruiters of Shelbyville, Inc. in Kentucky and held the title of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Farm Credit Bank of Louisville. Barnett received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Kentucky. He currently serves on the Board’s Governance Committee and previously served on the Audit and Risk Management Committees.

Shari Rogge-Fidler

Bloomington, Indiana

Shari Rogge-Fidler is President of Cambium Strategies LLC, a management consulting firm focused on food and agribusiness. Her career began with a London-based boutique investment banking firm and includes working as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in London. She led sales and marketing as VP for her family-owned national organic food manufacturer in the U.S. Shari served as co-director of the MBA consulting academy for Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, where she taught MBA courses in M&A, consulting project management, and international business. Shari is a fifth generation farm owner and operator, with her irrigated corn and soybean farm in Nebraska. Shari holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Harvard University. Shari serves on the Audit Committee.

Steve Bush

Clermont, FL

Steve Bush is the Chief Financial Officer of Whitestone Feeds, LLC, a livestock feed manufacturing and sales company with $15 million in annual sales, and serves the primary leadership role in new business development for the organization. Bush previously served as the director of business development for Archer Daniels Midland, a Fortune 50 agricultural commodities company, and as the CEO of Lakeland Nutrition Group, LLC. Steve serves on the Board’s Human Resources Committee.