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Source: Agriculture Future of America news release

Agriculture Future of America is pleased to welcome Rodney Patterson, Farm Credit, to its Board of Directors. The AFA Board represents recognized leaders from agri-businesses, land-grant universities, associations and production agriculture. Patterson was elected during the AFA Board of Director's first meeting of 2017.

"Farm Credit has been a long-time partner of AFA's and we are thrilled to have Rodney Patterson join our board of directors to represent the nationwide system," said Russ Weathers, AFA Chairman. "Rodney's passion for shaping young minds, as well as his knowledge of the agriculture industry, will be of great benefit to the organization."

With more than 30 years of experience in the field of diversity, Patterson brings a wealth of knowledge to both his position as consultant to the Farm Credit System and the AFA board. Most recently, Patterson was corporate diversity and talent management officer for CoBank.

In his career, he has served a wide range of corporate clients as senior facilitator for the Boston-based consulting firm, Global Novations, and as Director of Consulting and Talent Management for Hudson Highland, a leading global provider of talent management solutions. Before entering the corporate world, he spent nearly 15 years in academia leading diversity-related activities.

He also served as President of Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Illinois. In his early career, Patterson was both a high school and elementary school teacher. He earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and a master's degree in higher education administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in business administration.

"I am fully committed to helping AFA develop a sustainable, innovative and comprehensive human equity strategy," Patterson said. "I look forward to representing the Farm Credit system on the AFA board of directors. I am excited to help continue the work of being a catalyst for the next generation of agriculture leaders."

The AFA Board of Directors serve as volunteers. The board meets three times throughout the year to provide strategic oversight and guidance for the organization's operations.

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