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AgriBank Chair Keri Votruba Dies Unexpectedly

Vice Chair Stan Claussen will fulfill duties until board of directors reorganizes its leadership.

Keri Votruba

ST.PAUL, Minn., October 24, 2019 – Keri Votruba, chair of the AgriBank Board of Directors, died unexpectedly on October 22.

Votruba, a rancher and crop farmer from Hemingford, Neb., joined the AgriBank board in 2004 and was elected as chair for the second time in 2019. He also had been serving as a director of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac). A long-term Farm Credit member, he previously served on the boards of the Region 801 Production Credit Association and Farm Credit Services of America.

“We are grateful for Keri’s many years of service to AgriBank and Farm Credit,” said AgriBank Vice Chair Stan Claussen. “No Farm Credit leader has been more dedicated to our mission of supporting rural communities and agriculture.”

Until the AgriBank board reorganizes its leadership, Claussen will fulfill the duties of the chair. AgriBank operations will continue uninterrupted through the leadership transition.


AgriBank is part of the customer-owned, nationwide Farm Credit System. Under Farm Credit’s cooperative structure, AgriBank is primarily owned by 14 local Farm Credit Associations, which provide financial products and services to rural communities and agriculture. AgriBank obtains funds and provides funding and financial solutions to those Associations. The AgriBank District covers a 15-state area stretching from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. For more information, please visit

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