March 2, 2020

Northwest FCS News


One New Director Elected and Two Directors Re-elected to Northwest Farm Credit Services' Board

Spokane, Washington (Feb. 26, 2020) – Stockholders of Northwest Farm Credit Services elected Bill Martin of Rufus, Oregon, and re-elected Susan Doverspike of Burns, Oregon, and Skip Gray of Albany, Oregon, to the Northwest FCS Board of Directors. Each will serve a five-year term ending in 2025.

Bill Martin, a Farm Credit customer for 20 years, is owner and president of Martin Farms comprising 10,000 acres of dryland wheat and 700 irrigated acres, including 150 certified-organic acres. They grow alfalfa, bluegrass seed, tealeaf mint, garlic, seed wheat, hemp and other herbs, and run a cow calf operation. Martin is also director of Mid-Columbia Producers, a farmer-owned cooperative and most recently served as a Northwest FCS local advisor out of The Dalles.

Susan Doverspike and her husband own and operate a cattle ranch in the high desert near Burns, Oregon. She’s been a Farm Credit customer for 20 years. Doverspike is on the board of directors of Harney District Hospital and a member of Oregon Cattlemen's Association; Harney County Farm Bureau; Oregon Farm Bureau; and Oregon CattleWomen Association.

Skip Gray, a Farm Credit customer for 39 years, owns and operates a diversified business that produces vegetable and flower seeds, processed vegetables, hazelnuts and grass seed. He has served as treasurer for the Specialty Seed Growers of Western Oregon; past chair of the Farm Service Agency County Committee; past president of the Association of Agricultural Professional Executives; and a participant of The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers.

In addition to Doverspike, Gray and Martin, members of the Northwest FCS board include Christy Burmeister-Smith of Newman Lake, Washington; Nels J DeBruycker of Choteau, Montana; Dave Hedlin of Mount Vernon, Washington; John Helle of Dillon, Montana; Greg Hirai of Wendell, Idaho; Dave Nisbet of Bay Center, Washington; Nate Riggers of Nezperce, Idaho; Derek Schafer of Ritzville, Washington; Karen Schott of Broadview, Montana; Julie Shiflett of Spokane, Washington; and Shawn Walters of Teton, Idaho.

About Northwest FCS

Northwest FCS is a $13 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. For more information, go to



Debra Strohmaier, Communications Specialist