Wadesville farmer named to board

Farm Credit Mid-America, an agricultural lending cooperative serving farmers, rural residents and agribusinesses throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, including Bartholomew County, announces the appointment of Dale Koester to its board of directors.

The financial services cooperative mourned the loss of Board Member Kaye Hurst Whitehead earlier this year. The board selected Koester to fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the term.

Koester is the co-owner and operator of Koester Brothers Farms, Inc., a diversified dairy and grain operation in Wadesville that produces milks from 230 cows utilizing robotics. The operation also produces wheat, soybeans, and yellow corn and supplies straw to a local erosion control factory. His prior leadership experience includes serving on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers National Committee, the Dairy Farmers of America’s Young Cooperators program Executive Committee, and the American Soybean Association’s Young Leader Program. He was previous a member of Farm Credit Mid-America’s advocate council.