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Director Candidates

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Region 2—Henry, Wood and W. Lucas Counties

Dustin (Dusty) Sonnenberg

Dustin (Dusty) Sonnenberg

Age: 49
Henry County
Type of agriculture: Livestock and grain

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Mr. Sonnenberg, wife Cheryl and sons Cody and Bailey operate Sonnenberg Farms, a direct-market freezer-beef operation and cash-grain farm. Mr. Sonnenberg also operates Jay Calf Ranch, where 650 to 700 heifer calves are started annually for a local dairy. A certified crop advisor, he is a part owner and operations manager of Tri-State RTK Network LLC. He is also a field leader and farm broadcaster for Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal. Mr. Sonnenberg has four relatives who are current Association stockholders with four loans. He did not have any decision making authorities on these accounts. “The availability of sound financial credit is foundational to my farming operation and my friends and neighbors,” he said. “I believe I have the education and experience to provide solid oversight and governance to the Board.” 

John Cajka

John Cajka

Age: 64
Wood County
Type of agriculture: Grain

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Mr. Cajka, brother Jim and nephew Brian own and operate Cajka Farms LLC near Luckey, Ohio. The operation produces corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay. Mr. Cajka is also a district manager for Seed Consultants and a past president of the Countyline Cooperative’s board of directors. Mr. Cajka has four relatives who are current Association stockholders with four loans. “I’m truly honored to be nominated for this important role,” he said. “I believe I have the business, educational and agricultural background to be an asset to AgCredit. It’s important to keep our region’s primary source of ag lending stable and viable, and to enable the continued success of AgCredit.” 

 

Region 3—Hancock and Hardin Counties

William L Kellogg

William L Kellogg

Age: 63
Hardin County
Type of agriculture: Grain

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Mr. Kellogg and his son, Shane, grow corn, soybeans and wheat on their own 1,781-acre farm as well as on another 4,230 rented acres. Mr. Kellogg has four relatives who are current Association stockholders with 11 loans. “Our Association plays a vital role in the consistent, dependable source of credit for our communities and the success and growth of farming operations,” he said. “With my experience of being a lifelong farmer, I feel I can be of value in the oversight and continued growth and success of the Association.”

Kevin Flanagan

Kevin Flanagan

Age: 61
Hancock County
Type of agriculture: Grain

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Mr. Flanagan and his wife, Karen, own and operate a 1,300-acre grain farm near Van Buren, Ohio, producing corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and hay. He is a trustee for Allen Township in Hancock County and has also has served on the board of the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District, the Hancock County Farm Bureau and the Ohio Soybean Council. Mr. Flanagan has no relatives who are current Association stockholders. “I have very much enjoyed my first term on the Board of Directors. In this time, I have built on my previous financial and agricultural experience enabling me to help AgCredit better serve local farmers,” he said. “I hope to be reelected to help continue moving the AgCredit organization forward as the finest ag lending institution in northwest Ohio.”

 

Region 4—E. Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties

Scott Chalfin

Scott Chalfin

Age: 60
Sandusky County
Type of agriculture: Grain

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Mr. Chalfin and his wife, Elaine, are full-time farmers who raise corn, soybeans, wheat and organic aronia berries on 1,200 acres, 200 of which are owned while the rest are rented. Mr. Chalfin owns C&C Ag Holdings in partnership with his brother, Chris. He is a certified crop advisor and a former employee of the Sunrise Cooperative. Mr. Chalfin is also involved with the Sandusky County Farm Bureau, a member of the Sandusky County Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of directors and sits on the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition Committee. He has four relatives who are current Association stockholders with six loans. “It’s an honor to be nominated for the AgCredit Board of Directors,” he said. “It’s so important in the ag industry to have a lender to partner with. I have partnered with AgCredit and would like to be a member of the Board to ensure our cooperative continues to work to forge that partnership with our members.”

Jacob Younker

Jacob Younker

Age: 39
Sandusky County
Type of agriculture: Grain and livestock

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. Mr. Younker and his wife, Crystal, are full-time farmers who raise corn, soybeans, hay, wheat and cows on 631 acres. A former employee of BP Products of North America, Mr. Younker is now vice president of Mauch Farms Inc. and in partnerships with Washusky Farms Ltd. and Mauch Trucking LLC. He is also a member of the Sandusky County Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of directors. Mr. Younker has two relatives who are current Association stockholders with four loans. “AgCredit helped my wife and I start farming on our own over 10 years ago. Last year, AgCredit helped us return to our family farm full time,” he said. “It would be a great opportunity to learn the other side of the loan process and hopefully add some experience to help other new farmers.”

 

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