April 11, 2022

Northwest FCS News


Northwest Farm Credit Services Board Members Re-Elected 

Spokane, Washington (April 11, 2022) – John Helle of Dillon, Montana, and Derek Schafer of Ritzville, Washington, have been re-elected to the Northwest Farm Credit Services Board of Directors. Each will serve a five-year term expiring in 2027.

John Helle operates a commercial and purebred sheep operation, runs cow/calf pairs and farms small grains and hay. He is a member of Mountain States Lamb Co-op, serves on two advisory committees for the Montana State University Animal and Range Science Department representing the Montana Wool Growers Association, as well as the Public Lands Committee for the American Sheep Industry, representing them at the National Public Lands Council. 

Derek Schafer is a full-time farmer on his family’s fifth-generation grain farm and president of the Family Plow, Inc. and Homestead Family Grain Co.; vice president of Schafer Ranch Ltd; and treasurer of Fields & Furrows Inc. Schafer has served as a local advisor and was a member of the Northwest FCS Nominating Committee in 2013. Schafer is also a board member of Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association, treasurer of the Adams County Association of Wheat Growers, and lifetime member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.

Helle and Schafer were elected by the voting membership (customer-stockholders), representing one of the 11 geographic voting regions that constitute Northwest FCS' operating territory. In addition to Helle and Schafer, members of the Northwest FCS board include Nate Riggers of Nezperce, Idaho; Christy Burmeister-Smith of Bellingham, Washington; Nels J. DeBruycker of Choteau, Montana; Susan Doverspike of Burns, Oregon; Vicki Eggebrecht of Malta, Montana; Skip Gray of Albany, Oregon; Beth Kennar of Spokane, Washington; Greg Hirai of Wendell, Idaho; Bill Martin of Rufus, Oregon; Dave Nisbet of Bay Center, Washington; Shawn Walters of Teton, Idaho; and Andy Werkhoven of Monroe, Washington. 

About Northwest FCS

Northwest FCS is a $15 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishing operations, 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. For more information, go to northwestfcs.com



Kylee Andrews
Communications Specialist