AUSTIN, Texas – This is the final month to submit nominations for Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, a program that will recognize rural visionaries across the United States who are changing the future of rural communities and agriculture for the better.
Fresh Perspectives will honor the top 100 leaders next year, when the Farm Credit System will celebrate its first 100 years of supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Nominations for the program are open until Dec. 18.
"The five states we serve are full of individuals whose leadership and vision are shaping rural communities in a positive way," said Stan Ray, chief administrative officer at Farm Credit Bank of Texas, a cooperatively owned funding bank in Austin, Texas, and part of the nationwide Farm Credit System. "We encourage people to nominate these outstanding leaders in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas."
The 100 Fresh Perspectives winners will be selected by a panel representing Farm Credit, the agriculture industry, academia and the media, and will be announced during National Agriculture Week in March 2016.
Of the final 100, one distinguished visionary from each of 10 nomination categories will receive $10,000 to further their contributions to thriving rural communities and agriculture. The top 10 honorees will be recognized during a special event at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives is accepting nominations for farmers and ranchers, as well as individuals or groups who represent agribusinesses, cooperatives, academic institutions, government agencies, and community and nongovernment organizations in the following categories:
Visit Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives Search to submit a nomination, including a brief essay, by Dec. 18, 2015.
Farm Credit Bank of Texas provides funding, operational support and related services to 14 borrower-owned lending cooperatives that finance farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, landowners and rural homeowners. The bank and its affiliated lenders are part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending cooperatives that was established in 1916.