Below is a list of the current sitting Nominating Committee members. Members are elected annually and are responsible for reviewing and selecting the nominees for the Board of Directors and the next year’s Nominating Committee.
Garden Plain, KS | Heartland
Mr. Ayres is a third-generation farmer, currently growing wheat, soybeans, and corn. He also has a small cow-calf operation and owns and manages several off-farm companies.
Cheney, KS | Heartland
Through her participation on the Nominating Committee, Ms. Bergkamp seeks to find qualified, trustworthy directors for the board that can guide the association through good and bad times, ensuring a strong financial institution that will remain for future generations. Her varied background will enable her to help find individuals and assess their qualifications and integrity. She looks for directors who will represent the average farmer, not just the large operators, and enable the younger generation to get established to have a continuation of family farms.
Ripon, CA | Western – Central
Ms. Betschart looks forward to using her experience growing up on a family almond and walnut farm to contribute to the Nominating Committee. As a passionate advocate for the agricultural industry, she looks to enable others to take an active role.
Longmont, CO | Mountain Plains
Mr. Caldwell owns irrigated farmland, commercial cattle feeding, and commercial real estate. He served on American AgCredit’s Board of Directors for 25 years.
Roggen, CO | Mountain Plains
Mr. Cooksey served on the board of American AgCredit for 25 years and seeks to share his insights from that experience with the Nominating Committee.
Scott City, KS | Great Plains
Mr. Cupp plans to use his experience as a borrower, former employee and board member of Farm Credit on the Nominating Committee.
Escondido, CA | Western – Southern
Mr. Embly has experience in agriculture started with his family’s farming business that operated in three states, with over 2 million laying hens, a 200 head cow-calf operation, and extensive processing and distribution facilities. He also spent many years representing two agricultural equipment manufacturers. Since his retirement in 2004, he has been an avocado producer and a vineyard/winery owner. His operation grows five varieties of white grapes and 11 varieties of red grapes, with production between 2,000 to 3,500 cases of wine per year.
Lincoln, KS | Heartland
Mr. Feldkamp has served on the Nominating Committee previously and enjoyed meeting and discussing agricultural practices with customers across American AgCredit’s territory. He understands how valuable the cooperative spirit is to agriculture and wants to play a part in ensuring the success of the organization for future generations.
Healdsburg, CA | Western – Northern
Mr. Flanagan is a wine grape producer and long-time American AgCredit customer. He also has strong expertise in finance and risk management and seeks to help select candidates who will contribute to a successful future for the organization.
Naalehu, HI | Western – Hawaii
Ms. Galimba is the first member of the Nominating Committee to represent Hawaii. She is a strong advocate for diverse representation at American AgCredit and in the Farm Credit system.
Fort Lupton, CO | Mountain Plains
Mr. Gittlein manages a farming operation that consists of 3,000 acres of irrigated and dryland crop ground raising winter wheat, corn, alfalfa, mixed forages, as well as a cow-calf operation and a custom farming enterprise in Weld County, Colorado.
Palisade, CO | Mountain Plains
Mr. Harrison owns one of the largest certified organic peach production operations in Colorado. His family farm also grows cherries, apricots, plums and a wide assortment of vegetables, also all certified organic. He has 40 years of experience growing fruit commercially.
Waterford, CA | Western – Central
Ms. Hawkins is an almond farmer and has held positions in sales, marketing and management for a local newspaper. She seeks to contribute to the process of identifying candidates with diverse backgrounds in agriculture who also think progressively about farming. She believes it is important to uphold the integrity and traditions of the agricultural sector.
Lakin, KS | Great Plains
Having served on the Nominating Committee for several years, Mr. Hayzlett brings an understanding of the importance of finding quality candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. Serving on numerous other boards and committees, he has a strong background in identifying quality candidates that can contribute to American American AgCredit’s future.
Adin, CA | Western – Intermountain
Mr. Higgins owns and operates a first-generation registered Black Angus seed stock ranch in northern Lassen County, California. He oversees the production of hay and forage needs, maintains all equipment, develops marketing strategies for the cattle, and assists commercial beef and other seed stock producers with breeding decisions.
Dighton, KS | Great Plains
Having served on several boards, Mr. Hineman looks forward to applying those experiences to his service on the Nominating Committee. He has a deep appreciation of the Farm Credit System and feels strongly that American AgCredit’s strong understanding of agriculture’s capital needs must be preserved and enhanced.
Saratoga, CA | Western – Salinas
Ms. Huang has worked in residential mortgage and real estate for almost 20 years. As a new farmer, she looks forward to using her strong accounting and financial background to support the Nominating Committee.
Grover, CO | Mountain Plains
Through her service on the Nominating Committee, Ms. Kinnison seeks to support American American AgCredit and the farming community by selecting potential directors that align with the core values of what makes American Agriculture–Honesty, Ingenuity, Hard Work, Family, and stewardship of the land. She looks for potential board members who still operate on a handshake and, have a creative problem-solving mentality.
Arcata, CA | Western – Northern
Ms. Lima is in the logging and timberland business in Humboldt County and has over 40 years of experience in the industry.
Satanta, KS | Great Plains
As a longtime advocate for Southwest Kansas and rural life in general, Ms. Priest is pleased to serve on the Nominating Committee. She brings a strong human resources background to the committee, having conducted hundreds of interviews in various team-building efforts.
Carmel, CA | Western – Salinas
Mr. Pruett is the CEO of Vaquero Farms which farms olives, cherries, and almonds in Contra Costa County and processing tomatoes, garlic, and cotton in Fresno County. Vaquero supplies tomatoes to Ingomar Packing Company, which is a grower-owned business with four other partners. Vaquero Farms is the majority owner and managing partner of Ingomar, the second-largest tomato processor in the U.S.
Hilo, HI | Western – Hawaii
Mr. Rowe grows Macadamia nuts on Hawaii Island. He has twenty years of farming and ranching experience, with the majority of that time spent in far Northern California with alfalfa, potatoes, and cattle.
Hutchinson, KS | Heartland
Mr. Stroberg is owner and manager of Stroberg Land & Cattle LC, an irrigated and dryland farming and cattle operation located in south-central Kansas between Hutchinson and Sterling along the Arkansas River. Crops grown include corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and grain sorghum. He has been involved in production agriculture for over 45 years.
Steven Van Houten
Murrieta, CA | Western – Southern
Mr. Van Houten serves on the Nominating Committee in order to help insure American AgCredit continues on its successful path providing a critical service to our agriculture industry. His background in agricultural leadership includes real estate and corporate finance. He holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy and has spent several years as a college professor.