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Farm Credit Rocks at the 2011 National FFA Convention
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Farm Credit has launched a “Farm Credit Rocks” themed youth outreach effort at the 84th Annual FFA Convention and Career Show, running October 19 – 22, 2011.


Farm Credit Rocks with the Best and Brightest Young Talent at the 2011 National FFA Convention and Career Show

GreenStone Farm Credit Services contributes locally to national Farm Credit support

Farm Credit, a national provider of financing and related services to agricultural producers and agribusinesses, has launched a “Farm Credit Rocks” themed youth outreach effort at the 84th Annual FFA Convention and Career Show, running October 19 – 22, 2011.
The booth offers attendees a high-energy experience, with a chance to play Rock Band Country, win free music downloads and receive a commemorative event photo at farmcreditrocks.com. More than 55,000 FFA members, including a strong representation from Michigan and Wisconsin, are expected to attend this year’s event, and will have an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career opportunities available within GreenStone Farm Credit Services and the Farm Credit System.
As part of the national FFA event, Farm Credit is being presented with the 2011 FFA Alumni Distinguished Service Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA and agricultural education. Farm Credit is being recognized for its ongoing and enthusiastic commitment supporting FFA programs. Last year the Farm Credit System reported:
  •  6,160 volunteer hours for FFA throughout the nation
      • Approximately 500 of which GreenStone staff contributed locally in Michigan and Wisconsin

      • 31 organizations with at least one employee involved in a local or regional FFA board or committee
      • GreenStone’s President and CEO, Dave Armstrong, serves as the Chair of the Michigan FFA Foundation Board of Directors, in addition to numerous staff filling various roles throughout the FFA organization

      • 59 Farm Credit organizations contributed financial resources to local or regional FFA events
      • GreenStone proudly supports members and activities contributing over $30,000 this year
“To be recognized with the FFA Distinguished Service Award means so much to all of us at Farm Credit,” said Greg Taylor, Vice President at AgriBank and National FFA Board member. “Our partnership with FFA allows Farm Credit to connect and engage with the young people who represent the future of this industry in so many meaningful ways, and in the next five to ten years we plan to be there for these same kids--whether they’re looking for a lender or an employer or both.”
With national career opportunities located in both rural and metropolitan areas, farmcredit.com/careers currently lists more than 150 available positions in all areas of business operations including credit, finance, leasing, human resources, insurance, audit, information technology, legal and marketing.  Locally, GreenStone has approximately 15 open positions throughout its Michigan and northeast Wisconsin territory.
The Farm Credit System is comprised of 84 cooperatively-structured retail lending associations, such as GreenStone, and five wholesale banks, with a mission to improve the income and well-being of American farmers and ranchers by furnishing sound, adequate and stable credit.
About FFA
National FFA, also known as Future Farmers of America, educates its 540,000 middle and high school students about the science, business and technology of agriculture. The 2011 Convention is being held October 19 -22 in Indianapolis, IN. Farm Credit is a national sponsor of the organization, and many of Farm Credit’s regional entities support local chapters with both financial donations and volunteer hours.
About Farm Credit: Lending Support to Rural America
For 95 years, Farm Credit has been a national provider of credit and related services to rural America through a cooperative network of customer-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations. Created by Congress in 1916, the Farm Credit System provides more than $175 billion in loans and leases to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives. For more information about the Farm Credit System, please visit www.farmcredit.com.