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Minister Ritz Announces Appointments to Farm Credit Canada


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2012) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Ms. Doris Priddle and the reappointments of Mr. Donald Bettle and Mr. Brad Hanmer to the Board of Directors of Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

"FCC's Board is made up of forward-thinkers with a shared passion for agriculture," said Minister Ritz. "With the reappointment of Mr. Bettle and Mr. Hanmer and the appointment of Ms. Priddle, I'm certain that FCC's strong service to its customers, communities, and the agriculture industry will continue."

Under the Board of Directors' leadership, FCC has consistently been a top provider of agriculture financing in Canada. FCC was recently ranked fifth on the Top 50 Best Employers in Canada list, a list FCC has been placed on for the tenth consecutive year. FCC also gives back to the community-including collecting over 1.4 million pounds of food and $760,000 for local food banks this year as part of FCC's Drive Away Hunger campaign.

As Canada's leading agricultural lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $24 billion and 19 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable-committed to serving the industry through all business cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs, and other business services to producers, agribusinesses, and agri-food operations.

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

Ms. Priddle's appointment is for a term of three years and is effective November 26, 2012. The reappointments of Mr. Bettle and Mr. Hanmer are effective February 10, 2013, and are for terms of three years each. Biographical notes for the appointees are attached.

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Biographical Notes

Donald Bettle

Mr. Donald Bettle has been a director with FCC since January 2007. Mr. Bettle has spent the last 35 years working in and for the agriculture industry in New Brunswick. Today, Mr. Bettle is the President of Passekeag Holdings Inc., a beef cow/calf operation. He was formerly the chairman of the Canadian Atlantic Dairy Export Co-op, which administers the Canadian Quality Milk Program. In addition, Mr. Bettle's past achievements include serving on a committee to develop Canada's trade position for agriculture and the World Trade Organization, serving as chairman and director on the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick, and directing the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Agricultural Producers Association.

Brad Hanmer

Mr. Brad Hanmer of Govan, Saskatchewan, joined FCC as a director in January 2007. Along with his parents and two brothers, Mr. Hanmer currently owns and operates a commercial grain and pedigreed seed farm and runs a family-owned seed retail and seed processing and exporting business. He has served as President of the Saskatchewan Canola Growers Association and director for the Canadian Canola Growers Association, and he was the founding chairman of the Biodiesel Association of Canada, fostering the commercialization of biodiesel in Canada.

Doris Priddle

Ms. Doris Priddle has an extensive background in agriculture. Throughout her career, she has owned and managed various farm operations in Ontario and Alberta. Currently, she is the owner and manager of Westbrook Farms and Priddle Farms Inc. in Campbellville, Ontario. Ms. Priddle has also held various positions within the Ontario and Alberta governments, including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Solicitor General of Alberta, and the Alberta Ministry of Economic Trade and Development. Ms Priddle is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration program from the University of Guelph, where she was a recipient of the Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Award.

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Jeff English
Press Secretary
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

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