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Help Us Find 100 Fresh Perspectives

It takes vision to succeed in agriculture, to evolve and thrive in an industry that faces new challenges every season. We invite you to help us identify 100 leaders whose vision is changing the future of rural communities and agriculture for the better.

This national search, known as Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, is part of Farm Credit’s centennial celebration as we begin our 100th year of service. Fresh Perspectives pays tribute to agriculture’s past leaders by identifying those men and women whose current work builds on a legacy of innovation and creativity.

Farm Credit will honor 100 leaders from a variety of backgrounds: farmers and ranchers, as well as individuals who represent other agribusinesses, cooperatives, academic institutions, government agencies, and community and non-government organizations. Nominations can be submitted online now through December 18, 2015.

Nomination categories include:

  • 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

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. The final 100 names will be announced in early 2016.

Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees will have the opportunity to share their stories through a variety of promotional opportunities Additionally, 10 distinguished honorees – one from each category – will be awarded $10,000 to help further their work in creating a strong and vibrant future for agriculture and rural America.