March 18, 2018

Northwest FCS News


Hirai Elected Chair of Northwest Farm Credit Services Board

Riggers Elected Vice Chair

SPOKANE, Wash. (March 19, 2018) – Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Board of Directors recently elected Greg Hirai of Wendell, Idaho, to serve as chair. Nate Riggers of Nezperce, Idaho, was elected vice chair.

Hirai operates a 4,500-acre farm in southern Idaho producing potatoes, corn, alfalfa, wheat and barley as well as a variety of potatoes for processing, and corn, alfalfa and triticale as feed for local dairies. He serves on the boards of the North Side Canal Company and the Lower Snake River Aquifer Recharge District. Hirai was elected to the Northwest FCS board in 2014; his term expires in 2019.

Riggers is manager and partner of Riggers Clearwater Farms J.V., a dryland wheat, barley, canola and grass seed farm. He is a member of the Leadership Idaho Agriculture Board of Trustees and is a member of the Association of Agriculture Production Executives. Riggers was elected in 2014; his term expires in 2019.

In addition to Hirai and Riggers, members of the Northwest FCS board include Christy Burmeister-Smith, Newman Lake, Wash.; Nels J DeBruycker, Choteau, Montana; Susan K. Doverspike, Burns, Ore.; Jim Farmer, Nyssa, Ore.; Skip Gray, Albany, Ore.; Dave Hedlin, Mt. Vernon, Wash.; John Helle, Dillon, Mont.; Dave Nisbet, Bay Center, Wash.; Derek Schafer, Ritzville, Wash.; Karen Schott, Broadview, Mont.; Julie Shiflett, Spokane, Wash.; and Shawn Walters, Newdale, Idaho.

About Northwest Farm Credit Services
Northwest FCS is an $11 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.


Debra Strohmaier, Communications Specialist