July 31, 2015

fresh perspectives
Help Us Find Farm Credit Fresh Perspectives

Recognizing Those Shaping the Future of Rural Communities and Agriculture

Farm Credit has proudly supported rural communities and agriculture for 100 years. Our experience over the last century gives us a keen appreciation for how the future is shaped: we believe the future will be defined by individuals with fresh perspectives and insights within rural communities and agriculture.

In conjunction with our centennial milestone, Farm Credit is celebrating the vision and commitment that it takes to remain successful over time in the constantly evolving rural industries.

That's why we're announcing Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, a search to identify 100 leaders who are changing the future of rural communities and agriculture for the better.

We're seeking individuals from a variety of backgrounds to apply. We believe the future will be defined by a wide range of individual fresh perspectives within rural communities and agriculture. Farmers and ranchers, as well as individuals who represent other agribusinesses, cooperatives, academic institutions, government agencies, community and non-government organizations, are encouraged to apply.

Farm Credit is asking you to nominate leaders who demonstrate qualities in one or more of the following categories:

  • Leadership (over 21)
  • Youth Leadership (21 and younger)
  • Rural Policy Influence
  • Beginning Farmer or Rancher Achievement
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Sustainability and Natural Resource Conservation
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Mentoring and Volunteerism
  • Agriculture Education and Community Impact
  • Rural and Urban Connection

Ten distinguished Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees — one from each nomination category — will receive a $10,000 cash prize to help further their contributions to thriving rural communities and agriculture. These ten honorees and a guest also will be invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in a special Farm Credit recognition event in 2016.

If you know a dynamic leader who fits into one or more of those categories, we encourage you to nominate them for recognition as one of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives in three easy steps.

  1. Consider: Identify the category or categories outlined here that best represent your nominee's area of influence.
  2. Visit: Go to farmcredit100.com/fresh-perspectives for entry materials.
  3. Complete: Submit nomination form and brief essay. Nominations accepted until December 18, 2015.

A panel of experts on rural matters, including Farm Credit leaders and representatives from around the agriculture industry, will evaluate and select the top 100 honorees who showcase the ability to build appreciation for rural communities and agriculture and further contribute to a vibrant future for rural America. The final 100 names will be announced in early 2016.

Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees will have the opportunity to share their stories, inspire with their vision and demonstrate their leadership through promotional opportunities. Additionally, all Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees will receive a commemorative item recognizing their prestigious honor of being among the top 100 individuals positively shaping what is next for rural communities and agriculture.