Tidbits and news for the officers, committee chairs, members of the board of directors, and the general membership of the Farm Financial Standards Council.
New Membership Directory
A new FFSC Membership Directory has now been produced and distributed to all ac-
tive FFSC Members. If you did not get one in your e-mail box, let me know and I’ll
happily send you a replacement.
Wanna See Your Face?
It’s always great to know who you are communicating with
and an easy way to make that happen with your Council Colleagues is to send us a
head-and-shoulders photo of yourself and we’ll add it to the directory. Color jpgs work
best, of course. Just send along something you have — does not have to be formal or
in a business suit or dress, any ol’ pic will do — and we’ll add it to the next issue of the
directory. If you sent us one and it’s not in this issue, my apologies….send it again and
we’ll get it added.
Been in the News Lately?
Share it with us. If you’ve been in your local news lately,
share the information with us so we can spread the word to your fellow Council mem-
bers. Did you make presentation to a local service club? Even a grand opening at your
business or being named a C of C Amabassador. Or did you serve on a panel talking
ag finance?…..We want to put a very human face on the Council and the best way to do
that is to show our industry that we are just normal folks who are business people who
just happen to have a penchant for working with ag financial programs. It would really
be great if we could get some pix of our folks and post them on our web site…..at which
we do NOT share contact information on members (nor do we share our membership
roster with anyone!!)
A Torch has been Passed.
Owen Thompson served as president of the Council some years ago and was the real
driver behind getting a membership program going with the Council. After he was
finished serving his ‘terms’ in the leadership chairs he was ‘convinced’ (read coerced)
into being the Chair of the Membership Committee, a role he eventually shared with
Keith Raynor. When Keith left his spot on the committee to become Council Secetary/
Treasurer we were fortunate enough to have two ‘new’ members come forward and
volunteer to take on the shared roles of Membership Committee Co-Chairs,….Grace
Richardson and Tom Groppel….. finally giving Owen a break as well. So after his many
years of leadership, Owen has relinquished his duties as the head of the committee….he
did stick around for a couple of conference calls the help get Grace and Tom launched
with their new duties….
This is just a long way of saying “Thank You, Owen” for the vision you had of devel-
oping a membership program and for being a constant driver in making it successful.
And good luck with the deer hunting!!
2018 Committee Co-Chairs
(Contact information is in the directory)
Jeff Bushey, Nietzke & Faupel, PC
Alan Miller, Purdue University (retired)
Brenda Duckworth, AgriVision Farm Management
David Olsen, Agrifamily Consulting, Inc.
Scotty Elston, AgTexas Farm Credit Services
D. Mark Compton, Compton Accounting
Grace Richardson, Freed Maxick CPAs
Thomas Groppel, Cedar Ridge Farm
Gonna Be Near Milwaukee or Cedar Rapids?
Stop by the ABA National Ag Bankers Conference in Milwaukee November 12 – 15 or
at the Farm Futures Boot Camp in Cedar Rapids, IA on January 17. The Council will
be well represented at both in the trade show areas and at the podiums where members
will be making presentaitons. So if you are in the area….stop by and say “Hi.”
No New Guidelines for 2018
There will be NO updates to the Financial Guidelines for Agriculture at the end of this
year so the current document will remain in use for 2018.
2018 Dates and Location
Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign, IL, July 25 – 27, 2018.
Todd Doehring is in charge and has been working on the program for some time.