September 11, 2017
James “Mickey” Ward has served for 11 years as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ArborOne Farm Credit. Mr. Ward looks forward to continuing to serve as a very active board member. After much thoughtful consideration, he determined that the succession of another board member to serve in the capacity of the Chairman was appropriate. The board, management team, and staff at ArborOne Farm Credit thank Mickey for his generous and valuable service as Chairman and look forward to continuing to work with Mickey in the years ahead!
At its annual organizational meeting in August, the Board of ArborOne Farm Credit elected William “DuPree” Atkinson as Chairman and John “Lee” Newman as Vice-Chairman. Congratulations to Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Newman!
DuPree Atkinson is from Marion County and has served on the ArborOne Farm Credit Board since 1999 and was most recently re-elected in 2013 for a six year term. He also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Atkinson has been farming for 38 years, and his operation includes tobacco, corn, peanuts, small grain, horse hay, strawberries, asparagus, soybeans, and beef cattle. He serves on the S.C. Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the S.C. Tobacco Board, the S.C. Peanut Board, and as President of Pee Dee Peanut, LLC, a peanut buying station in Marion County. Mr. Atkinson and his wife, Cecilia, are members of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Mullins.
Lee Newman is from Sumter County and has served on the ArborOne Farm Credit Board since 2008 and was re-elected in 2014 for a six year term. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Credit Committee and as a member of the Governance Committee. Mr. Newman has been farming for 36 years, and his operation includes tobacco, corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts, and turkey brooder and grow-out houses for Prestage Farms. Mr. Newman serves as a board member for Sumter County Farm Bureau, is a member of the Sumter County Young Farmers, and serves on the Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation Board. Mr. Newman and his wife, Tina, are members of Graham Baptist Church in Sumter.
ArborOne Farm Credit serves the financing needs of farmers and rural residents in Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties. Its Board of Directors consists of eight directors: six directors who are elected by the stockholders and two directors appointed by the Board. The directors of ArborOne Farm Credit are individuals personally and actively involved in the agricultural community.
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