Iowa native Glen R. Smith has been designated as chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration by President Trump effective July 17.
FCA has examination and regulatory authority over the Farm Credit System, with oversight by Congress. Collectively, the institutions of the Farm Credit System constitute the nation’s largest single provider of agricultural credit, with offices in all 50 states and assets over $350 billion.
Smith has served as a member of the FCA board, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation, since December 2017. His term on the board will expire on May 21, 2022. As chairman, he succeeds Dallas Tonsager, who died in office in May. As CEO, he succeeds Jeffery Hall, who became acting CEO following Tonsager’s incapacity from illness. Hall continues to serve as a member of the FCA board and as chairman of the board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation.
Smith is a native of Atlantic, Iowa, where he was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm. His farm experience started at a very early age after his father was involved in a disabling farm accident. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business and accepted a position with Doane Agricultural Services as state manager of the company’s farm real estate division.
In 1982, Smith and his wife, Fauzan, moved back to Atlantic and started farming and developing his agricultural service business. Today, their family farm, Smith Generation Farms Inc., has grown to encompass about 2,000 acres devoted to corn, soybeans, hay, and a small beef cow herd.
Smith is founder and co-owner of Smith Land Service Co., an agricultural service company that specializes in farm management, land appraisal, and farmland brokerage, serving about 30 Iowa counties. From 2001 to 2016, he was also co-owner and manager of S&K Land Co., an entity involved in the acquisition, improvement, and exchange of Iowa farmland. Smith has served on numerous community, church, and professional boards. He served nine years on the Atlantic Community School Board of Education.
In 1990, he earned the title of Accredited Rural Appraiser from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. In 2000, he served as president of the Iowa chapter of that organization. He is a lifelong member of the Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
The Smiths have four grown children and three grandchildren. Their son Peter has assumed managerial responsibilities for both the family farm and business.