High Plains Farm Credit is a cooperative owned by its customer-stockholders who purchase stock, giving them the right to participate in director elections and vote on issues influencing the operations of the Association.
Board of Directors
The High Plains Farm Credit Board of Directors consists of both stockholder-elected directors and Board-appointed directors. Terms are three years and elections for open positions take place in the late-spring each year.
The Board meets regularly to set policy and provide overall direction to the Association’s leadership team. Meet our Board of Directors, a group of passionate individuals elected to represent our service area’s three regions. Our directors represent the best interests of our stockholders, High Plains Farm Credit and rural Kansas.
The Nominating Committee selects board and nominating committee candidates for the High Plains Farm Credit annual elections. The following stockholders have been elected to serve on the 2019 Nominating Committee. Terms are for one year and elections for open positions take place in late-spring each year.
Other Board Committees
Through Board Committees, work can be divided so far more can be accomplished than if the entire Board acted on all matters. While a Committee’s primary overall function is advisory, it still has to make Board recommendations, and in some cases, decisions. The Committee’s meet in person and by telephone conference calls throughout the year. Our Board of Directors has established three Board Committees:
- Some members of the High Plains Farm Credit Board of Directors serve on the Audit Committee. The primary objective is to provide oversight of financial reporting and audit initiatives. View our Audit Committee Charter.
- Some members of the High Plains Farm Credit Board of Directors serve on the Compensation Committee. The primary objective is to provide oversight of compensation and benefit plans. View our Compensation Committee Charter.
- Some members of the High Plains Farm Credit Board of Directors serve on the Governance Committee. The primary objective is to provide oversight of Association governance, Board self-evaluations and training plans. View our Governance Committee Charter.
Code of Ethics
High Plains Farm Credit employees and directors follow a published Code of Ethics. This standard is met, in basic terms, by being honest and operating with integrity in every action we take and every business decision we make. By pledging to follow ethical standards, we’re reaffirming our commitment to ensuring the long-term interests of our customer-stockholders are being served.
Employees, customers, business partners and vendors can anonymously report concerns about suspected fraud-related activities or workplace issues. The Audit Committee and Board of Directors have established a Whistleblower Program to receive and handle reports.
High Plains Farm Credit’s anonymous reporting system is maintained and operated by Lighthouse Services, an unaffiliated service provider. Concerns submitted to Lighthouse Services are sent to High Plains Farm Credit for review. Individuals have the option to make an anonymous report by contacting Lighthouse Services toll-free at (800) 860-0008 or through the Lighthouse website.
High Plains Farm Credit prohibits retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, reports a concern. High Plains Farm Credit is headquartered in Larned, Kansas, and serves agribusinesses, farmers and ranchers in Kansas. View our Bylaws.