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Dale Koester fills key spot for farm credit board

Tom J. Bechman Dale Koester explains his role in the family farm business during the 2021 Indiana Farm Management Tour
TALKING FAMILY FARMING: Dale Koester (holding microphone) explains his role in the family farm business during the Indiana Farm Management Tour in 2021.
The southern Indiana dairyman joins the Farm Credit Mid-America board of directors.

Dale Koester, Wadesville, Ind., recently joined the Farm Credit Mid-America board of directors. The financial cooperative serves Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Koester’s appointment fills a vacancy created when Kaye Hurst Whitehead died in September. Whitehead, Muncie, Ind., and her husband, Bill, were named Indiana Master Farmers in 1987.

Koester and his wife, Lisa, are part of a multigenerational family farming operation that includes a 200-plus-cow dairy and row crops. The dairy features robotic milkers. The Koester family hosted a stop on the 2021 Indiana Farm Management Tour presented by Purdue University.

Farming rolling soils in Posey County, the Koesters are conservation-minded. They raise wheat for straw. What’s not needed on the farm is sold to a local factory that makes soil erosion control blankets.

Koester developed leadership experience serving in various roles with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, Dairy Farmers of America’s Young Cooperator program executive committee and the American Soybean Association’s Young Leader program. He was also a member of Farm Credit Mid-America’s advocate council. That group shares ideas and opportunities with the board.

Based on the organization’s bylaws, Koester was selected to fill the opening by the chairman of the board and sitting board members. His term expires in 2024. Koester will be eligible to serve another four-year term if elected by the membership.

To learn more about the Farm Credit Mid-America board of directors and qualifications for board members, visit

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