Tom Bengard

Salinas, CA


Tom Bengard looks forward to applying his experience and knowledge in the agriculture industry to the Nominating Committee.

Greg Brenneman

Solomon, KS


Greg Brenneman is a lifetime farmer and rancher of corn, soybeans, milo, oats, wheat and a no till cow-calf operation with retained ownership through feedlots. He also has experience in marketing and sales. Mr. Brenneman’s leadership experience includes being a part of an operating committee, a Director for a Co-op Board, a member of a Township Board, NCBA, and KLA.

James Crotinger

Tribune, KS

Great Plains

James Crotinger’s farming experience includes wheat, milo and stocker cattle. Mr. Crotinger began his farming career after graduating from Kansas State University. After working as head of the operation for 42 years, he recently passed the business on to his son. His previous board experience includes serving on the nominating committees for PCA/Farm Credit, United Plains AG and the CHS board. He also spent 12 years as a FSA board member and served twice on the PCA nominating committee.

Carolyn Dunn

St. John, KS


Carolyn Dunn served on the American AgCredit Nominating Committee of American Ag Credit in 2016-17 which allowed her to meet existing leaders in the organization and develop a greater understanding of the company's operations. She grew to appreciate the ambitious and forward thinking culture of the organization and shares its commitment to agriculture and production. She is a strategic thinker and enjoys using her skills and knowledge to facilitate the nominating process and strengthening the future leadership within the organization.

Edward Embly

Escondido, CA


Edward Embly has a wide ranging background that involves many agricultural commodities and brings knowledge and experience specific to commodities produced in southern California to the Nominating Committee.

Lani Estill

Gerlach, NV


Lani Estill brings practical accounting and lending experience to the Nominating Committee.

John Ferreira

Stockton, CA


John Ferreira has 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry and has served on many boards. His background is in dairy, row crop farming and hay marketing and production. He currently owns and manages Cotta & Ferreira Custom Farming, LLC as well as Cotta & Ferreira Hay Sales and Perfectly Pomegranate.

Gary Gillespie

Copeland, KS

Great Plains

Gary Gillespie is graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Agriculture Mechanization. He started his career as a crop consultant in the Sublette and Copeland area and later transitioned into a career with ADM Grain that spanned 20 years. Mr. Gillespie now owns and operates Southwest Ag Insurance located in Copeland, Kansas.

Gerald Graybill

Keenesburg, CO

Mountain Plains

Gerald Graybill has been involved with American AgCredit for a number of years as a customer-owner and looks forward to furthering his involvement and contribution to the organization through serving on the Nominating Committee.

Randy Hayzlett

Lakin, KS

Great Plains

Randy Hayzlett is co-owner and operator multi-generational family farm. His operation includes corn, wheat, grain sorghum and forage feed in addition to a cow-calf operation. In addition to his farming involvement, he also serves on numerous boards within the Ag community.

Harry Jackson

Palisade, CO

Mountain Plains

Harry Jackson has been the President/CEO of Vineland Enterprises, Inc., where he has grown sweet cherries, nectarines, multiple varieties of peaches, and wine grapes since 1979. He holds a full-spectrum role that includes tree planting, irrigation, harvest, retail sales, daily bookkeeping, staff management, equipment repair and is a certified chemical applicator. Mr. Jackson is retired from the US Navy and his leadership experience includes 38 years with Qwest Communications where he supervised a line crew and was a splicing foreman.

Andrea Kinnison

Grover, CO

Mountain Plains

Andrea Kinnison brings her experience as a wife, mother and woman rancher to the Nominating Committee. She appreciates having an institution like American AgCredit that understands the day-to- day business of the agricultural industry, including its unique financial needs and timelines. Through her work on the Nominating Committee, she intends to support the future of agriculture help small, up and coming agriculturists such as herself.

Burton C. Kross

Fort Collins, CO

Mountain Plains

Burton Kross owns and operates a 6,000 acre ranch that produces organic grains, forage hay, pivot irrigated corn and forage, and a small red Angus cow-calf herd. He has also been a registered professional engineer, owning and managing environmental consulting companies that work for industry, government agencies, and NGOs. Mr. Kross’ leadership experience includes serving on the public health faculty at the University of Iowa, being an officer and director for six corporations, Chair of the Board for Farm Safety for Just Kids, and has been elected to the Fort Collins City Council.

Jack McCarthy

Modesto, CA


Jack McCarthy comes to the Nominating Committee with a background in almond and pistachio production. He looks forward to using his financial expertise and perspective as a young grower to ensure the association continues to operate at a high level and meet the challenges of the future. His recent experience has focused on tree nuts, but he looks forward to using his time on the Nominating Committee to learn about the many commodities and sectors of the agriculture industry served by American AgCredit.

John Muhlner

St. Helena, CA


Having spent over 40 years in commercial banking before retiring from Union Bank in San Francisco 12 years ago, John Muhler comes to the Nominating Committee with a strong background in marketing and almost 20 years of experience in farming and ranching. He looks forward to contributing to the American AgCredit program by representing both the small and large operators.

Amanda Nicolas

Hotchkiss, CO

Mountain Plains

Amanda Nicolas looks forward to increasing her involvement in process of electing board members through her work on the Nominating Committee.

Mike Olsen

Fallon, NV



Mike Olsen is a fourth generation Nevada dairyman from Fallon NV. He and his brother Pete are partners in Sage Hill Dairy where they milk 600 Jersey cows and farm 400 acres of corn, alfalfa, rye, and triticale. Mike graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a B.S. in Dairy Science. He is also chairman of the local Churchill County Farm Service Agency County Oversight Committee and a board member of the Churchill County Advisory Board of Nevada Wildlife Commissioners.

Craig Poore

Alton, KS


Craig Poore is a fifth generation Kansas farmer. He is co-owner and operator of a diversified dryland crop and cow-calf operation. The no-till operation produces grain sorghum, soybeans and wheat with the recent diversification of food-grade sorghum varieties. Mr. Poore is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in agriculture. He is involved with the Leadership Sorghum, Kansas Agriculture Rural Leadership (KARL) and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) programs. In the KFB, he served on the State Natural Environment and Resource Committee. He has also served as County Board President and as the State Young Farmer and Rancher Vice President.

Ryan Raes

Napa, CA


As part of an heirloom apple operation in Napa County, Ryan Raes hopes to bring a young perspective to the Nominating Committee.

Galen Swenson

Salina, KS


Galen Swenson is a managing partner in a family farm enterprise which produces wheat, soybeans, and grain sorghum. Mr. Swenson previously served as Deputy Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture and brings experience in Ag policy, budgetary implementation, and regulatory reform in areas of water use, food inspection, and chemical and fertilizer controls. He has served locally on the boards of directors for the Greater Salina Community Foundation and Bethany Home Association, and on the State of Kansas Historical Museum and Foundation.

Robert Temple

Garden City, KS

Great Plains

Having grown up on a livestock and grain farm, Robert Temple appreciates a business where integrity, honesty, hard work and charter still stands strong. He looks forward to being a member of the Nominating Committee and applying his vast interest and knowledge in different aspects of agriculture. His passion has always been around building a culture of teamwork and he looks forward to doing his best to find great people to serve on the Board of Directors.

Robert Wagner

Nunn, CO

Mountain Plains

Robert Wagner looks forward to using his background and business experience to further the mission of supporting agriculture by serving on the Nominating Committee.