Leader: Meet your Board Members

Volume 24 Issue 1

A Message from the President, Tom Truitt:

"There are many benefits to being a member of  Farm Credit, one of which is having a say in how your cooperative is run. Each year, our members have the opportunity to vote for our board of directors. The best part? The candidates are their peers – fellow hardworking Farm Credit customers who understand the challenges farmers face and are willing to be the voice of their community.

In this issue of the Leader, we introduce four of our directors. They, together with our other board members and customers, ensure our association continues on a successful path, that we live up to our mission, and remain a constant source of support to our members, their families, and our communities."

- Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Meet Brian Boyd -

Serving, Learning and Sharing

Boyd and wife beside tractor.

Story and Photos by Sally Scholle

Brian Boyd grew up on a farm in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where his parents grew small grains and operated a seed and fertilizer business. Brian’s life-long experience in the ag world and community involvement provided the basis for one of his most important volunteer roles today: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for MidAtlantic Farm Credit.

Read Boyd's Full Story


Meet Paul Baumgardner -

An Unforgettable Friendly Face

Baumgardner and family.

Story and Photos by Andrea Haines

A general hunt for the definition of “Leadership” finds you these descriptions: strong communication, passion and commitment, positivity, and collaboration. A visit to The Harvest Barn Country Market in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to have a chat with the market’s owner, Paul D. Baumgardner reminded me of a few of those key descriptions.

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Meet Jenny Rhodes -

A Life of Giving to Agriculture

Rhodes and family.

Story by Nancy L. Smith | Photos by Remsberg, Inc. and Nancy L. Smith

“It’s really all about agriculture,” says Jenny Rhodes, current Chair of the MidAtlantic Farm Credit Board of Directors. Referring to her many roles in Maryland Agriculture, Jenny could have also been describing her entire life – emphasizing agriculture from her childhood to her current full plate of activities and responsibilities.

Read Rhodes’ Full Story

Meet Joe Snapp -

Leaders Appear in Many Forms

Snapp and family.

Story and Photos by Andrea Haines

Traditionally, Leaders are viewed as a boss or peer, for others it’s revealed in decades of family mentors. For the Snapp family of West Oaks Farm in Winchester, Virginia, the opportunity to “step up to the plate” has been welcomed and fruitful.

Read Snapp’s Full Story


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