Farm Credit East announced the launch of their centennial year. Throughout the coming year, the customer-owned cooperative will be highlighting key points in the history of the Farm Credit System. In addition, Farm Credit East is participating in a national program, Farm Credit Fresh Perspectives. This program is a search to honor one hundred individuals or organizations across the country changing the face and future of agriculture to ensure thriving rural communities for years to come.
“The Northeast has deep roots in agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products and for nearly 100 years, Farm Credit has had the privilege of working hand in hand with these producers to be a part of that history,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “This program is a way to honor the innovators who have helped evolve agriculture to meet the needs of changing consumers and are shaping it for the future.”
Nominations for Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives will be accepted at FarmCredit100.com until December 18. A panel of experts will evaluate the entrants and select the top 100 honorees to be announced in March 2016. Of these honorees, 10 exceptional leaders will each receive a $10,000 award to help further their contributions to thriving rural communities and agriculture.
To recognize the diverse ways individuals are contributing to the future success of rural communities, nominations will be accepted in ten categories:
- 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