JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Through a mail ballot, the stockholders of FCS Financial elected four directors to the board. Elected by the cooperative’s member-owners were Andy Kapp of Clarksdale, Mo., and incumbents Glen Cope of Aurora, Mo., Dan Devlin of Edina, Mo., and Beth Schnitker of Middletown, Mo. Kapp, Cope and Devlin will serve four-year terms. Schnitker will serve a 1-year term as part of the Board’s transition from 3-year to 4-year terms.
FCS Financial provides credit and financial services to agricultural producers, agricultural-related businesses and rural residents. The board consists of 12 elected and 3 appointed members and has 12 areas of representation.
Kapp, 53, represents Andrew, Atchison, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Harrison, Holt, Nodaway and Worth counties. He, his wife, Dana, and daughter, Emma, carry on the tradition of operating a row crop farm on his family’s Missouri Century Farm that was established in 1881. They grow corn and soybeans utilizing the no-till management practices his dad started 40 years ago and cover crops. The use of precision agriculture in his corn and soybean fields contributes to nutrient maintenance and efficient land stewardship that will help keep the farm in the family for years to come. Kapp graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in food science and nutrition. He is an active member in his community serving various youth group fundraisers and judging county fair exhibits and scholarship programs. Kapp previously served on the Andrew County Farm Bureau Board. Current memberships include Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Corn Growers Association. He received the Governor’s Award for Agricultural Achievement in 2015. Over the years, Kapp has served on FCS Financial’s stockholder advisory and nominating committees.
Cope, 41, serves Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton and Stone counties. He farms 2,800 acres of land throughout Barry and Stone counties in conjunction with his father and brother. Cope Farms consists of a 600-head cow-calf operation as well as backgrounding yearling cattle purchased off the farm. They also produce alfalfa and grass hay and harvest fescue seed. Cope served as a director of the MFA, Inc., board for 12 years where he served on the audit, legislative, and foundation committees. He served on the Missouri Beef Industry Council where he was chairman for three years. Cope was a member of ALOT – Class 12. He served as a commissioner for the Missouri State Soil and Water Districts Commission; served as a director on the Missouri Agricultural Foundation board; and served as a director on the State Fertilizer Control Board. Cope currently serves as chairman of the MFA Oil board of directors. He and his wife, Leanne, have a son and a daughter and are members of the Mountain Home Church of Christ. Cope was elected to the FCS Financial board in 2018.
Devlin, 48, represents Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Putnam, Schuyler and Scotland counties. He is a self-employed grain farmer. He and his wife, Karisha, have two children. They own 1,855 acres in Knox County and operate a grain farm raising corn and soybeans. Devlin earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri. He is a member of the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District Board, MU Greenley Research Center Advisory Board and St. Joseph Church Finance Committee where he holds office as treasurer. Devlin is an alumnus of A LOT Class 12. He has served on the FCS Financial Board of Directors since 2009.
Schnitker, 54, represents Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Saline and Warren counties. She is a third-generation farmer. Schnitker and her husband, Herb, have two daughters in college who aspire to be fourth-generation farmers. They own 500 acres and rent an additional 4,000 acres. Their farm consists of a commercial cow-calf operation and raising corn, soybeans and wheat. Schnitker is a member of Audrain County Cattlemen’s Board and previously served the Audrain Soil and Water Conservation District as vice-chair. She has been a 4-H leader and served on the FFA advisory committee for the local school district. Her family attends Grace Lutheran Church where she is the church pianist and secretary for the Grace Ladies’ Society. Schnitker has served on FCS Financial Board of Directors since 2018.
For more information about FCS Financial, visit www.myfcsfinancial.com.
— FCS Financial
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