The Golden State Farm Credit board consists of twelve members: ten are elected by Golden State Farm Credit stockholders and two are appointed by the board. Directors are responsible for representing the best interests of Golden State Farm Credit and its borrowers. Customers can impact the business by electing the board of directors who set policy.

The board meets ten times a year to review operating results and provide strategic direction for the Association.

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Golden State Farm Credit Directors

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Michael Fry

Chairman of the Board

Term of Office: 2016-2021

Mr. Fry is Vice President of Ag Operations for Olam Spices. Mr. Fry also farms tree fruit, pistachios and walnuts in partnership with his brother. Prior to joining the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board, he served on the Federal Land Bank Association of Kingsburg, FLCA Board since 2006. His term expires July 2021.

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Gregory W Long

Vice Chairman of the Board

Term of Office: 2019-2024

Mr. Long grows almonds and does custom farm management of almonds, walnuts and prunes. He is a member of the Tehama County Farm Bureau and Red Bluff High School AG Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board, he served on the Northern California Farm Credit, ACA Board since 2005.

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Mike Andersen

Director

Term of Office: 2018-2023

Mr. Andersen is a third generation farmer in Vina, along with his family, he owns and operates Andersen & Sons Shelling and Andersen & Sons Ranch where they farm walnuts, almonds and prunes throughout Tehama, Butte and Glenn Counties. Mr. Andersen is an active supporter of Tehama County Farm Bureau and Los Molinos High School FFA. He has served on the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board since 2018.

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Jim Bates

Director

Term of Office: 2018-2023

Mr. Bates, along with his son, grows mandarins, walnuts and timber in Fresno and Tulare Counties. He is on the Board of Fowler Fruit Growers Cooperative and Fowler Packing Company where he served as CFO for over 30 years. He is also serving on the Board of the Central California Food Bank and is a retired member of the American Society of CPA’s. He has served on the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board since 2018.

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Stephen Brown

Compensation Committee Chairman

Term of Office: 2020-2025

Mr. Brown is a dairyman and farmer. He also serves on the California Dairies, Inc. Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board, he served on the Federal Land Bank Association of Kingsburg, FLCA Board since 2009.

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Michael R. Chambers

Director

Term of Office: 2018-2023

Mr. Chambers grows walnuts, prunes, and pears in the Gridley area. He is involved with Butte County Farm Bureau and Sunsweet Growers, Inc. Prior to joining the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board, he served on the Northern California Farm Credit, ACA Board since 1987.

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Casey Jones

Director

Term of Office: 2017-2022

Mr. Jones and his family farm peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines, apricots and almonds in the Kingsburg area. Mr. Jones is the Managing Partner with Sun Valley Packing in Reedley. Mr. Jones also serves on the California Fresh Fruit Association Board. He has served on the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board since 2017.

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Pete Knight

Director

Term of Office: 2019-2024

Mr. Knight and his sons run a diverse farming operation in Glenn and Butte Counties. Their main crops are rice, almonds, walnuts, prunes, tomatoes, vineseeds, sunflowers and alfalfa. They also own and operate Dixon Seed, Inc. Mr. Knight serves on the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District Board and is an active supporter of Hamilton High School FFA. He was elected to the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board in 2019.

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George R. Nicolaus

Director, Compensation Committee Vice Chairman

Term of Office: 2020-2025

Mr. Nicolaus grows almonds, walnuts and seed crops in Butte County. His family owned business, Nicolaus Nut Company, provides custom farming, planting and harvest operations. He is a general partner in two farming and land development partnerships in the Chico area. Mr. Nicolaus is chairman of the Zimmerman Scholarship Committee, member of the North State Hulling Co-op, and a Butte County Farm Bureau member. Prior to joining the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board, he served on the Northern California Farm Credit, ACA Board since 2006.

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Vernon Peterson

Director

Term of Office: 2016-2021

Mr. Peterson, along with his family, grows organic stone fruit and chickens in Kingsburg. Additionally, the family packs stone fruit, pomegranates and citrus for a few dozen of their neighbors. He has served on the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board since 2016. His term expires July 2021.

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Terri West

Appointed Director, Audit Committee Chairwoman

Term of Office: 2018-2023

Ms. West serves as an appointed Director. From 2009-2019, Ms. West served as the Chief Financial Officer at Actagro, LLC. Currently, she is consulting for businesses in the agriculture industry, as well as a private equity client. Prior to joining Actagro in 2009, Ms. West served as Finance and Credit Manager for a California-based manufacturer and as Senior Accountant at two public accounting firms. She received an MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Pacific Lutheran University. Ms. West was appointed to the Golden State Farm Credit, ACA Board in 2017.

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Appointed Director

Appointed Director Seat Currently Vacant