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Board of Directors Election

You help
shape our future.

As a customer-owner of Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, you help shape the future of our cooperative.

Each year, you have the opportunity to cast a ballot and elect customer-representatives to our Board of Directors.

The men and women who fill these roles represent the communities and farms we support through our products and services, and they influence important decisions that determine our direction and growth.

Board of Directors for Farm Credit of Southern Colorado

2022 Board of Directors Election

The 2022 Board of Directors Election is now closed.
Thank you for voting!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Board of Directors at our financial cooperative do?

Our board of directors is comprised of 12 members: 10 active borrowers that are elected by all of our cooperative members, and 2 external directors appointed by the board. These directors meet at our headquarters buildings and oversee committees, the association, and help guide our CEO who in turn leads our association.

Why should I vote?

Voting for the next financial cooperative Board of Directors is an opportunity for you to help shape the future of the cooperative as a whole. Since Farm Credit of Southern Colorado is a customer-owner led business, the voice starts and end with you. Voting in the Agricultural Financial Cooperative Board Elections gives you the choice of who becomes the next customer representatives.

How do I vote?

Ballots will be mailed out to our existing customer-owners in April 2022. This year we will also be offering an online voting option. To vote online, you will need to locate your unique member code and election passcode, which was sent to you by both email and direct mail. Please take a few minutes to review the candidates, make your selections and send the ballot back.

Who is eligible to vote?

Anyone who is a customer-owner of Farm Credit of Southern Colorado.

When does voting begin?

Voting will begin on May 4th, 2022.

When does voting end?

Voting will end on May 26th, 2022.

When will the elected board members be announced?

The elected board members will be announced after June 10th, 2022.

How long does each director serve for?

A stockholder-elected director has a term of office until the third annual meeting after being elected.

How are the winners determined?

Board-elected directors will be elected by a majority vote.

How can I be sure that the elections are impartial?

No employee, officer or agents of the association will take place in the nomination or election of any members to the Board. No facilities, resources, or property of any Farm Credit institution, including digital media shall be used for the benefit of any particular candidate for nomination or election. Farm Credit of Southern Colorado will not contribute to any expenses regarding the campaign activities of any Board candidates. No FCSC Board member will make any statements intending to influence any vote in the election. Board members may, however, promote themselves.

Is the election secure?

Ballots will be provided only to those Association stockholders who are eligible to vote. The ballots will be safeguarded by the CEO’s designee, both before the time of distribution or mailing to stockholders and after the time of receipt, until disposal. The tellers’ committee will validate all ballots. No director, officer, or employee of the Association will make any public announcement of the results of the election until the results have been validated. The CEO, or the CEO’s designee, will announce the results to the stockholders. An independent third party or each member of the tellers’ committee that tabulates the votes, will sign a certificate that states they will not disclose to any person any information about how or whether an individual stockholder has voted, except if requested by the Farm Credit Administration.

*Farm Credit of Southern Colorado neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for election to the Board of Directors. Farm Credit of Southern Colorado does not make recommendations or specify potential candidates for election to the Nominating Committee for the Board of Directors. It is the responsibility of the Nominating Committee to identify, evaluate, and nominate candidates for stockholder election to the Board.

Meet the 2022 Board of Director Elects

James Andersen

James Andersen

Age 59 | Genoa, CO

Mr. Andersen has been farming Dryland Wheat, Corn, and Millet on the six-generation family farm in the Genoa area that originated in 1906. Mr. Andersen started farming and ranching for himself in 1981 and works alongside his wife, son, brother, and nephew.

He graduated from Colorado State University with an Agriculture degree. He graduated from the Colorado Ag Leadership Program and has served on the Colorado Wheat Administrative Board, US Wheat Associate Board, and Wheat Foods Council Board. Mr. Andersen served seven years as a Limon Trustee for the Town of Limon. He presently serves on the Cooper Clark Foundation Board and is a member of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers.

Jim is married to Mary, who works part-time for Genoa High School. They have three children and their first grandchild. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling.

Colin Durham

Colin Durham

Age 34 | Yoder, CO

Incumbent/Director currently serving a three-year term expiring in 2022 and a member of the Association’s Audit Committee and Chairman of the YBS Committee.

Dr. Durham resides in Yoder, Colorado and is a 2013 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Durham is a partner at Colorado Veterinary Clinic, P.C. in La Junta, Colorado.

He and his brother run a commercial cow/calf and stocker operation.

Micheal Whitmore

Michael Whitmore

Age 59 | Burlington, CO

Owner/operator of app. 4,500 acres of irrigated & dryland wheat, corn and milo located SE of Burlington. Upon graduating college, Mr. Whitmore worked for the Soil Conservation Services for six years where he gained knowledge in designing and developing essential practices in combating water and wind erosion for agriculture use. In 1991 he was asked to partner with his father, Jim, in the family farm. In 2015, Jim began transitioning out of the farming, and son Shadd joined the farming operation.

Mr. Whitmore is a member of Colorado Farm Bureau, Corn Growers Association, Colorado Wheat Growers, and Farm Credit of Southern Colorado. He served as a board member of High Plains Water District for 15 years and was a member of The Family Farm Group where his farming operation was featured in “The Progressive Farmer” magazine. It was through this membership that he learned valuable practices to combat many of farming’s biggest challenges.

Mike is married to Karla who is a caregiver for the elderly. Mr. Whitmore serves as a deacon for his Church, and both enjoy golf and traveling.

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