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Minister Ritz Announces Reappointment to Farm Credit Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/07/12 -- Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the reappointment of Jason Skinner to the board of directors of Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

"I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Mr. Skinner to the FCC board," said Minister Ritz. "With over 25 years of experience in agricultural marketing, policy and management, he will continue to bring an important skill set to the organization."

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $22 billion and 19 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable - committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry.

FCC is a Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

The reappointment is for a three-year term and is effective immediately. A biographical note is attached.

To learn more about FCC, please visit www.fcc-fac.ca/en/.

Biographical Note - Jason Skinner

Jason Skinner of Saskatchewan has served as a director with FCC since 2009. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of North West Terminal Ltd., a farmer-shareholder owned inland grain terminal in Saskatchewan, which he's led since 1999. Mr. Skinner's work experience includes working for the Canadian Wheat Board in various roles, including Marketing Manager for the Asia-Pacific region, and serving as a founding member and marketing advisor at Skinners' Jade Farms Ltd. Mr. Skinner is a member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and the Canadian Agricultural Economics and Farm Management Society, while also serving as a director of the Inland Terminal Association of Canada. Mr. Skinner holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, a B.S.A. in Agricultural Economics and a diploma in Crop Production Management, all from the University of Saskatchewan.

Contacts:
Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972

Meagan Murdoch
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059

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