Our directors know about financing and farming because they have extensive agricultural backgrounds.
Our Board of Directors consists of six member-owners who are elected by the other stockholders and two professionals who are appointed by the Board to bring greater diversity and financial expertise to the group.
Chairman, Compensation Committee; Member, Audit Committee
DuPree Atkinson farms 900 acres of tobacco, corn, peanuts, small grain, horse hay, strawberries, asparagus, and soybeans. He also raises beef cattle. Mr. Atkinson serves on the S.C. Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the S.C. Tobacco Board, the AgFirst Nominating Committee, and the President of Pee Dee Peanut, LLC, a peanut buying station in Marion County. Mr. Atkinson has served on the ArborOne, ACA Board since 1999. He was most recently re-elected in 2013. His curent term expires in 2019.
Member, Compensation Committee; Member, Credit Committee
Harry DuRant has been farming full-time since his graduation from Clemson University in 1979. Mr. DuRant and his brother operate Double D Farms, farming 3,488 acres of tobacco, corn, soybeans, and vegetables including pickle cucumbers, bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini squash, eggplant and slicer cucumbers. Mr. DuRant is an elder at New Harmony Presbyterian Church. He has served on the ArborOne, ACA Board since 1997. Mr. DuRant was most recently reelected in 2016.
Member, Credit Committee; Member, Governance Committee
Mr. Newman has been farming full-time since graduating from high school in 1981. His farming operation includes 2,250 acres of tobacco, corn and soybeans, as well as eight grow-out houses where he raises turkeys for Prestage Farms. Mr. Newman serves as a board member for Sumter County Farm Bureau, is a member of Sumter County Young Farmers and serves on the Sumter County FSA Committee. Mr. Newman has served on the ArborOne, ACA Board since 2008. He was re-elected in 2014 and his term expires in 2020.
Member, Audit Committee; Member, Governance Committee
A graduate of Clemson University, Whit Player has been farming full-time for twenty years. Whit Player Farms is a diversified farming operation in Lee County with approximately 1,400 acres in row crop production; consisting of cotton, corn, peanuts and sunflowers (which are used for a dove hunting operation).Whit Player Farms also has eight turkey grow-out houses for Prestage Farms and a small amount of acreage in the Conservation Reserve Program. In addition to farming, Mr. Player is a Forestry Technician with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a Dixie Youth Baseball coach, and the President of St. Charles Gin Company. Whit and his wife, Beth, have four children and live in Elliott. Mr. Player was elected to the ArborOne, ACA Board in 2011. His first term expires in 2017.
Chairman, Governance Committee; Member, Compensation Committee; Member, Credit Committee
Jimmy Poston and his brother are partners in Triple P Farms, where together they farm approximately 2500 acres of tobacco, corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, and strawberries. He also maintains a herd of 40 brood cows. Mr. Poston is currently a commissioner with the Florence County Soil and Water Conservation District and serves in the capacity of secretary/treasurer. Mr. Poston is a former director of the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank and past president of the SC Tobacco Growers Association. He has served on the ArborOne, ACA Board since 1994. He was reelected in 2015.
Member, Audit Committee; Member, Compensation Committee
Mickey Ward has been farming for 35 years. He produces timber, cotton and soybeans on 2000 acres. He served on the Southern States Advisory Board and the FSA Committee for 13 years, serving as Chairman for 10 years and on the Marketing Quota Review Committee for 10 years. He has served on the ArborOne, ACA Board since 1998. He was most recently reelected in 2012; his term expires in 2018.
Chairman, Audit Committee
Mrs. Wiseman graduated from Auburn University in 1991 with a B.S. in Accounting. She worked in public accounting for fifteen years focusing on banking, mortgage banking and Farm Credit institutions in the southeast. She serves on the Finance Committee of the Church of the Resurrection in Greenwood, South Carolina. She began her first term on the ArborOne, ACA Board in April, 2007. Her term expires in 2019.
Chairman, Credit Committee
John Lay retired from his position as Vice President and Treasuer for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank in 2016 after nearly 34 years of service. During his career at AgFirst, Lay also chaired the AgFirst Asset/Liability Management Committee, served as a member of the Disclosure and Operations Commitees and served on the board of directors of AgFirst Federal Credit Union. John is a 1979 graduate of Clemson University. He began serving on the ArborOne, ACA Board in 2017. His first term expires in 2023.
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Role of Nominating Committee
Audit Committee Charter