WOW!! Hard to believe it's already been a couple of weeks since the 2019 NACS-FSA/NASE National Convention in New Orleans LA. We had a great meeting - as well as a lot of fun! Glad we made it out before the tropical storm!!! Thanks to the Convention Committee for yet again putting on an awesome convention! The newsletter should be out soon. Be sure to watch for it!
We were privileged to have FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce; DAFLP Bill Cobb; DAFO Peggy Browne; FPAC-BC Asst CIO Darren Ash; and Sean O'Neill with the DAFP Division present, along with several NFAOC leaders including Mark McKinley; Sharon Sachs; and, Shantaye Gladney. Each of these speakers provided updates on various program issues. They also answered numerous questions from convention attendees. We greatly appreciate each of these leaders taking time out of their busy schedules to come and visit with us and making themselves available for not only the general Q & A session, but for one-on-one conversations with any attendees who had questions. A great big THANK YOU goes out to each of them! The various presentations they made have been posted to the NACS website under the National Convention tab.
Andy Quinn, of McAllister & Quinn; and Ben Herink - NE, Chairman of the Legislative Issues Committee presented updates on the Committee's work this past year with the new Ag Committees since there was a change in leadership due to the outcome of the 2018 mid-term elections. Their presentation can be found on the website under the National Convention tab.
Members who attended worked hard on your behalf by carefully considering, debating and adopting many of the resolutions that were submitted by Association members who have great ideas to make our products and services better for our borrowers. This process is one of the great strengths of NACS-FSA and has allowed our members to make positive changes to National policy. Thank you to everyone who submitted resolutions for consideration. Keep those great ideas coming! Adopted and non-adopted resolutions from this year's convention will be posted to the website soon.
Opportunities abound for our NACS members and I would like to get as many of you involved as I can!
Please remember that the Board is here to serve you. Never hesitate to reach out to any of us if you have questions or concerns. New Board members are:
President: LeAnn Gibbs, NM
Vice President: Kim Eilerman, IL
Secretary: Kay McCoy, KS
Treasurer: Ray Bartholomew, KS
Past President: Denise Lickteig, NE
Zone A Rep: Cliff Russell, UT
Zone B Rep: Kris Wilcox, NE
Zone C Rep: Nathan Adams, IN
Zone D Rep: Cheryl Brooks, AR
Until next time...
LeAnn is a Farm Loan Chief from New Mexico. She was elected NACS President at the June 2019 Convention.