Farm Credit Canada Appointment Picks Agriculture Advocate Brenda Schoepp
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
If you’re involved in agriculture in western Canada, you have likely heard of Brenda Schoepp. Schoepp was recently appointed to Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Board of Directors for a three-year term by federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
"I'm very pleased to announce the appointment of Brenda Schoepp to FCC's Board," Minister Ritz said in a statement. "Ms. Shoepp is a successful business owner with a strong commitment to youth and entrepreneurship in agriculture. Her knowledge and passion will certainly complement the important work FCC's Board is doing for the sector."
Schoepp hails from Rimbey, Alberta where she is a partner in a cow calf operation. In addition to being a primary producer, Schoepp is a published author and professional agricultural consultant. A founder of Women in Search of Excellence (WISE), Schoepp is passionate about finding ways provide mentorship opportunities for women in agriculture. In 2012, she was awarded the Nuffield Canada Farming Scholarship, and was also named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta's 50 Most Influential People.
A Crown corporation, which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture, FCC is considered Canada’s leading agriculture lender. The corporation provides a number of services to agriculture producers, agribusiness professionals and agri-food companies including – financing, insurance, software and other related services.
More recently, FCC has launched a number of initiatives including the Young Farmer Loan program, which seeks to assist young people who aspire to start a career in agriculture. In addition to supporting the next generation of agriculture leaders, FCC has been the force behind “Agriculture More Than Ever,” a multi-year campaign that seeks to enhance the perceptions of agriculture in Canada.
Schoepp is a strong advocate and leader in Canadian agriculture. Farms.com sends congratulations and wishes her well in her new role.