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Ag Day at the Capitol Caps Big Week for GreenStone
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GreenStone celebrated National Ag week in a big way with Patronage Day on March 19 followed by Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20.

Ag Day at the Capitol Caps Big Week for GreenStone

The team at GreenStone Farm Credit Services has been busy over the past week spreading the positive story about agriculture in Michigan, and rewarding the cooperative’s members.

GreenStone celebrated National Ag Day in a big way with Patronage Day on March 19 when the cooperative disbursed a record-setting $26.5 million patronage payment to its members. GreenStone has paid more than $134 million in patronage to its members during the eight-year history of the program.

“GreenStone has been fortunate to experience unprecedented success in recent years due to the hard work and dedication of our members,” said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone President and CEO. “Sharing the organization’s success with those who help make it possible is important to everyone at GreenStone, and providing a patronage refund is our way to say ‘thanks’ to all of our members who help us remain a strong and stable lender.”

Patronage Day provided a perfect lead in to Michigan’s Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20. For the past several years, representatives from various commodity groups and other agricultural organizations have taken over the halls of Michigan’s Capitol in Lansing to showcase the impact agriculture has on the state’s economy. The day also provides an opportunity for members of the agriculture industry to spend time with Michigan legislators and other policy influencers as they pass through the halls of the Capitol sampling commodities and products produced within the state.

After the day’s activities at the Capitol came to a close, GreenStone hosted a legislative reception in downtown Lansing. The event allowed members of GreenStone’s board of directors, executive team, regional leadership, and other industry leaders to meet with key state policymakers to discuss the challenges facing the agricultural industry and members of the cooperative.

“Hosting a reception for legislators and other agriculture industry influencers has become a tradition for GreenStone following Ag Day at the Capitol,” said Armstrong. “In its third year, this well attended event provides our team with an opportunity to network with key decision makers who are writing and shaping policy that affects our industry and our members.”

Armstrong continued: “Our passion is promoting agriculture, and these events have given GreenStone the opportunity to showcase the agricultural industries in Michigan and northeast Wisconsin and, most importantly, our members. Additionally, the direction provided by our board of directors and executive management team, as well as the expertise of our 475-plus employees, has positioned the organization to be a leading provider of financing and financial services to the agriculture and rural communities in our territory for generations to come.”

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (center) talks with Michigan Farm Bureau President, Wayne Wood (left), and GreenStone regional vice president of sales, Jim Nowak, during Ag Day at the Capitol.