Knowledge and Experience
Osceola Branch Manager
Nathan Sanders knows Farm Credit. He has lived Farm Credit Midsouth for nearly his entire career, spending all but one year of his post-college work history, and recently celebrating his 25-year anniversary, with the association.
He was elevated to the role of Osceola Branch Manager following the retirement of longtime Farm Credit Midsouth employee and his colleague of many years, Tony Stubblefield. Sanders notes the transition has been seamless, thanks to a great staff who comes ready to work. Because of that, he adds, they haven’t missed a beat.
Sanders grew up on a farm outside Monette and was witness to some of the most difficult years in agriculture, the eighties. He went to college because he felt he needed to, but farming is definitely what he knew best. He draws on that experience now to give him the perspective necessary to help his customers deal with today’s challenges.
When asked what his favorite part of his job is, Sanders told us it would have to be the relationships he forms with local farmers and customers. He believes Farm Credit Midsouth is uniquely positioned to provide them with things they just cannot get elsewhere. Coming in a close second? His strong relationships with his co-workers.
Sanders’s longevity with Farm Credit also gives him unique insight into how the industry— and the cooperative itself—have changed. Over the years, he feels like a great deal of experience has been lost, and he dedicates time and energy to training his team to accommodate Farm Credit’s volume. At the same time, technology has changed the job, making it more efficient in many ways. And he also feels like there is a larger, more qualified, candidate pool from which to hire than ever before.
We thought it might be fun to ask what Sanders’s most unique Farm Credit Midsouth experience has been to date. He pretty quickly remembered putting together financing for a hunting club made up of 10 to 12 different members. As gratifying as it is to help people launch and maintain their operations, seems it’s also a lot of fun to help deserving folks realize a dream made possible by their hard work.
Sanders was fortunate to marry his high school sweetheart Jill 26 years ago. She is a teacher in the Buffalo Island Central school district. The couple’s two sons, Jacob and Evan, are grown and reside in Jonesboro.