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It has been a very busy few weeks for GreenStone Farm Credit Services with several agricultural-related events taking place in Michigan. The events got rolling on March 8 with the celebration of National Ag Day and the 2012 Michigan State FFA Convention.



GreenStone Wraps Up Week Long Celebration of Agriculture Industry


It has been a very busy few weeks for GreenStone Farm Credit Services with several agricultural-related events taking place in Michigan.

The events got rolling on March 8 with the celebration of National Ag Day and the 2012 Michigan State FFA Convention. GreenStone partnered with the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) to host a special reception honoring large contributors to the Michigan FFA Foundation as well as Michigan FFA Star Award finalists.

GreenStone was honored as a donor at the reception and also presented the Michigan FFA Foundation with a check for $25,000. GreenStone President and CEO, Dave Armstrong, was on-hand to make the presentation.

“Supporting the FFA is a natural fit for GreenStone,” said Armstrong. “Future leaders of America may be a more fitting title for the FFA. These young people are incredibly passionate about agriculture; I know our industry is going to be in good hands for years to come.”

Armstrong was also honored by the Michigan FFA Foundation for his dedication and service on the group’s board of directors. He was honored with a replica of Michigan’s agriculture heritage license plate that he was instrumental in developing during his tenure as chairman of the board for the Michigan FFA Foundation.

The celebration of agriculture continued with GreenStone’s Patronage Day on March 13. The cooperative’s board of directors recently declared a record patronage of more than $23.3 million for its members, making the 2012 payout the largest in the seven-year history of the program. To date, the patronage program has paid back more than $108 million to GreenStone members.

“Our cooperative is very proud to have the financial strength and stability to offer a patronage program to our members. It is their hard work that allows us to be successful and giving a cash patronage payment back to them is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for doing business with GreenStone,” said Armstrong.

The festivities concluded with Ag Day at the Capitol in downtown Lansing, Michigan. To get the day started, GreenStone and MFB co-sponsored a live radio remote of the Tony Conley Show on WILS 1320 AM prior to the Ag Club Breakfast at the Radisson hotel in Lansing. Several GreenStone and MFB executives and industry leaders were guests on the show, including Frank Engler, chairman of GreenStone’s board of directors, and president of MFB, Wayne Wood.

Representatives from several commodity and agriculture groups were in attendance mid-day at the state Capitol to promote their respective commodities and showcase Michigan’s agricultural industry. Many members of both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate visited this well attended event to learn more about agriculture in Michigan and sample a variety of products produced in the state. The event also included an impromptu visit by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder who visited each booth and spoke with various commodity representatives.

To close out the evening, GreenStone hosted a legislative reception in downtown Lansing. The event allowed members of GreenStone’s board of directors and executive team to meet with key state policymakers to discuss the challenges facing the agricultural industry and members of the cooperative.

“This is the second year that we have hosted legislators following Ag Day at the Capitol; it gives us a great opportunity to network with those key decision makers that are writing and shaping policy that affects agriculture,” said Armstrong. “As an industry, we are very fortunate to have elected officials who are cognizant of agriculture and the important role that it plays in Michigan’s economy.”

Our passion is promoting agriculture and all of these events have given GreenStone the opportunity to showcase the story of Michigan’s agricultural industry and, most importantly, our members.

Video: Video of GreenStone President and CEO , Dave Armstrong’s speech at the legislative reception is available at: http://youtu.be/SMXWK11rLVw.