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Board Member Spotlight - Dennis Spangler

Dennis Spangler is an owner/operator of a dairy, crop and solar farm. He serves as a director on the Union County Conservation District, a member of the Union County Ag Advisory Committee and Farm Bureau, a member of the local American Dairy Association and Dairy Council Committee, a member of the PA Holstein Association and the Mifflinburg Young Farmers Association. We asked Dennis a few questions about what inspired him to join AgChoice.

One fun fact about your business or career:
I worked for New Holland as a service trainee as my first job out of Penn State. I flew 40,000 miles in my first year of employment.

Why did you choose to work with AgChoice for your financing needs?
I was living in Oregon in 1986. My brother called me and suggested that we buy some farm ground. He suggested NorthEastern Farm Credit and the rest is history.

Why did you decide to run for the Board of Directors?
I was very naive about the workings of the cooperative. It was 1993 and I had just returned to the family farm in 1990. The CEO Bob Reich asked me if I would consider nomination. In my naiveté, I said yes. I later learned I was running against the Board Chair and that I was the tenth person to be asked to run.

How has the Cooperative changed through the years?  
This is not your grandfather’s cooperative anymore. It’s 15x larger, so much more complex and technical. Larger size enables us to better serve the Farm Credit mission, but we must leverage it even more.

Advice you’d share with other customer-owners considering running for the nominating committee or a board seat in the future?
The Farm Credit System is a must for rural and agricultural sectors. Hopefully, another great competitor in the financial community that makes it better for Pennsylvania to compete in the world markets. We need directors with skin in the game and who are willing and able to promote our cooperative daily.

AgChoice has the pleasure of working with a dynamic Board of Directors that helps to provide strategic direction and oversight. Interested in becoming more involved with AgChoice? For more information on becoming a member of the AgChoice Board of Directors, view our Board Leadership Brochure.

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