The recent groundbreaking ceremony for the new animal sciences complex drew a big crowd. Amongst them was Tony Wolfe, a Gibson County farmer and retired field man for Indiana Farm Bureau. He wasn't there representing Farm Bureau. That day he was wearing his Farm Credit Services Mid-America hat, and was part of the delegation from the credit co-op.
"We had several people here because it is important to our organization to support projects like this one," Wolfe says. Wolfe is a director on the Farm Credit Mid-America Board. Farm Credit Mid-America serves farmers in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
While Farm Credit Mid-America doesn't have its name on one of the two new buildings which are going up on the southwest corner of the Purdue ag campus, Wolfe assures us that their contribution to the project was sizable.
Purdue officials say corporate and private donations were crucial in helping raise a portion of the cost pledged by the College of Agriculture. Without that support the projects wouldn't have happened, insiders say.
Indiana is well represented on the Farm Credit Mid-America Board. Currently, Kevin Cox, Brazil, is chairman of the Board, He is also an Indiana Prairie Farmer and Purdue College of Agriculture Master Farmer.
The Board also includes director Kevin Culp from Rensselaer. He is also a Master Farmer. Recently elected to the Board and joining shortly as the fourth director from Indiana is Dwain 'Doc' Cottingham. He farms near Attica in Fountain County.
The Board consists of 18 members. Four are elected from each state on staggered terms. There are also two appointed directors who serve on the Board. Board members are elected by a vote of the total membership. Officials with Farm Credit Mid-America say that there are currently 80,000 voting members on the roles. These members all do business with Farm Credit Mid-America.