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Farm Credit Fly In

L to R: Rod Richardson – Director, Mitchell Henry – Director, Rus Harper – CCO, Shep Morris- Director, Senator Katie Britt, Gines Pérez - CEO, Trey Martin -Director, Alan Marsh-Director, Barry DeFoor -Director, Townsend Kyser, Director

First South Farm Credit recently participated in the Farm Credit Council’s DC Fly In to meet with our Congressional leadership and advocate for agriculture in our territory.

The goal was to educate members of Congress about Farm Credit’s mission to support rural communities and agriculture and also strongly urge our representatives to pass a Farm Bill that includes a strong farm safety net.

Over 800 Farm Credit representatives visited Capitol Hill and more than 3,000 people attended the Fly-In Marketplace reception, including at least 10 members of Congress and countless congressional staff members. The attendees experienced over 21,000 Farm Credit member-produced products, including rice from First South’s own Thibodaux Ag Group.

“The First South Farm Credit Board of Directors was proud to represent the Association and all of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi agriculture during the recent Farm Credit Fly-In. We appreciated the Congressional delegation from our territory welcoming us to their offices and listening to the pressing issues facing farmers, ranchers, and rural citizens from across the three states First South serves,” said Thomas H. Nelson, Chairman of the Board.

Farm Credit also recognized veteran farmers from across the country. First South members Brandon and Lauren Breaux, owners of Cockeyed Farms, were highlighted. The Breaux’s started the first commercial American elderberry farm in Louisiana. They grow, harvest, batch, bottle and distribute premium small batch American elderberry. First South is proud to call them members.

First South Farm Credit has and always will continue to support and advocate for the American farmer.


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