High Plains Farm Credit is proud to collaborate with Fort Hays State University to offer students the opportunity to serve on a student advisory board.
The mission of the HPFC Student Board is to provide opportunities to those students wishing to gain leadership skills by participating in an academic/corporate agricultural finance experience. This includes exposure to the function of a Board of Directors and the development of decision-making skills related to an agricultural cooperative.
The students will gain valuable industry knowledge and have the opportunity to grow their network of professional contacts.
Student Board of Directors
The High Plains Farm Credit Student Board of Directors currently consists of two Finance majors, four Agriculture Business majors, and one Human Resource Management major. The students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and valuable knowledge about the Farm Credit System. Dr. Alan Deines, the Director of the Robbins Banking Institute at Fort Hays and an instructor of Finance, is the primary advisor for the Student Board. Jeremy Ryan, a Fort Hays Agriculture Business instructor, serves as the second advisor for the group.
The Student Board attends eight monthly meetings scheduled from September – April each year that are held at the High Plains Farm Credit office in Hays. Meeting times are set based on students’ schedules. Meetings may consist of a short presentation by High Plains’ staff and in some cases, student development work. Report or project preparation time may be required outside the monthly meetings. A $65/meeting honorarium is provided to each student pending meeting attendance.
Drones in Agriculture
Each year the Student Board is tasked with a research project. This year, they were assigned to research drone applications in agriculture. Drone technology is relatively young, and has many exciting current and potential uses in the agriculture industry. In the research, the Student Board interviewed several local drone operators, explored new applications for existing technology, and visited the drone lab at Fort Hays State University. They also researched the regulations involving drone use in agriculture, which continually appeared to be the largest barrier to local usage.
Be sure to check out the Student Board’s full drone presentation here.