Author Bert Ely

Ag Banking FCA Chairman and CEO Dallas Tonsager Dies at 64

Dallas Tonsager, chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration died of lymphoma on May 21; he was 64. Tonsager was appointed to the FCA board by President Barack Obama on March 13, 2015, and designated by President Obama as chairman and CEO on November 22, 2016. Tonsager grew up on a dairy farm near Oldham, S.D., and later graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. Apart from serving on the FCA board, Tonsager’s public service included serving as the USDA’s undersecretary for rural development, a director of the Commodity Credit Corporation and USDA’s state director for rural development in South Dakota.

Ag Banking

By Bert Ely In the June 2015 Farm Credit Watch, I reported that Frontier Communications Corp. had entered into a $350 million “credit agreement” with CoBank to partially finance Frontier’s $2 billion acquisition of AT&T’s wireline business in Connecticut. Frontier is an investor-owned, Nasdaq-listed telecommunications company with $24.7 billion of assets at March 31, 2018;

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By Bert Ely everal readers noted that last month’s Farm Credit Watch, issue #240, marked the 20th anniversary of the monthly publication of the FCW, which triggered a look-back at the FCW’s accomplishments over the last 20 years, and there have been a few. Perhaps the most significant has been educating bankers and other readers