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AgriBank Announces 2016 Board of Directors

​ST. PAUL, Minn., March 9, 2016—AgriBank today announced the election of one new member of its 18-member board of directors for 2016, as well as the re-election of three directors and election of officers. Stan Claussen was elected as a new board member. Ernie Diggs, Brian Peterson and Keri Votruba were re-elected to the board. Matthew Walther and Votruba were elected as the board’s chair and vice chair, respectively.
The elections took place this week at the AgriBank 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. 


Matt Walther, of Centerville, Ind., has a farming operation consisting of 2,000 row crop acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, and a 120-head cow/calf herd. He has served on the AgriBank board since 2011


Keri Votruba, of Hemingford, Neb., owns and operates a family farming operation consisting of wheat, corn, alfalfa, peas, sunflowers, cow/calf and a background lot. He has served on the AgriBank board since 2004.


Stan Claussen, of Montevideo, Minn., co-owns and operates a 5,500-acre farm consisting of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, canning peas and sweetcorn. Prior to joining the AgriBank board, he had served on the United FCS board since 1995. 


Ernie Diggs, of Paris, Tenn., owns and operates a family farm currently growing white food-grade corn, soybeans, canola and wheat, and which has produced giant freshwater prawns, clover seed, alfalfa, rape seed, cattle and hogs. He has served on the AgriBank board since 2012.


Brian Peterson, of Trenton, Mo., owns a dairy farm that includes 1,026 acres, 160 milk cows plus replacements, and 800 acres of mixed hay. He has served on the AgriBank board since 2012.


AgriBank is one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, with nearly $100 billion in total assets. Under the Farm Credit System’s cooperative structure, AgriBank is primarily owned by 17 affiliated Farm Credit Associations. The AgriBank District covers America’s Midwest, a 15-state area stretching from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. With about half of the nation’s cropland located in the AgriBank District, and nearly 100 years of experience, the Bank and its Association owners have significant expertise in providing financial products and services for rural communities and agriculture. For more information, please visit

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