Local Farmers elected to board of directors

Published 2:00 am Friday, May 8, 2015

Alabama Ag Credit has recently announced the election of two local farmers to Board of Directors. The new elected officers include James L. Bassett of Downs and J. Carl Sanders of Brundidge.

Bassett, 54, has been a full-time farmer for 21 years. He is co-owner of Beck’s Turf, Inc., a Macon County based farming operation where primary commodities produced are turf, timber and nursery stock. He is also part owner of Gold Kiwi Group, LLC and Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative, Inc., two entities organized for growing and selling kiwi fruit. Bassett is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking and holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Auburn University Montgomery.

Sanders, 60, is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor of science degree in Agriculture Science. He is a full-time farmer and his operation includes brood cows, peanuts, cotton and corn. He is a director and president of Alabama Peanut Producers Association, a director of the American Peanut Council and a member of the Peanut Standards Board. He is also active in Roeton Baptist Church. He is currently a member of the board of directors of ALFA Insurance.

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The board of directors is responsible for establishing policies, providing strategic direction, and overseeing all major institution functions. The election among stockholders was held at the Alabama Ag Credit Annual Meeting in April.

Alabama Ag Credit provides financing for farms, timber and forestry operations, agribusinesses, recreational land and other rural property in 40 counties in southern Alabama. The financing co-op operates offices in Demopolis, Dothan, Enterprise, Gulf Coast, Montgomery, Monroeville, Opelika, Selma and Tuscaloosa.