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2024 Board of Directors Elections

Eric Maupin

Eric Maupin

Occupation: Farmer

Newbern, Tennessee

Age: 48

Farming Operation

Maupin owns and manages Maupin Farms in Newbern, Tennessee. A fourth-generation farmer, Maupin produces corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle. In 2001, Maupin returned to full-time farming and took advantage of new opportunities to advance the family operation and transition into sole owner and manager. The farm operation has expanded to approximately 3,000 acres in production annually. Maupin’s focus has been to maintain a healthy debt to asset ratio, adopt new methods and technology to increase productivity and efficiency, and implement a long-term conservation strategy for owned and leased property. The farm operation is 100% no-till or minimal till and the evolving use of cover crops as a regenerative practice is proving positive results. Maupin’s family has been producing food and fiber on the same contiguous acres for 86 years and the soil is healthier and more productive today. They believe this is the true definition of sustainability.

Education

University of Tennessee at Martin, B.S. Agriculture

Board Experience

  • Dyer County Chamber Agribusiness Committee
  • Dyer County Election Commissioner
  • Dyer County Farm Bureau Board
  • Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board
  • United Soybean Board

Community and Industry Involvement

  • Lenox Baptist Church, Music Leader
  • Tennessee Corn Growers
  • Tennessee Soybean Association

Biographical Information

After graduation from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1997 with a degree in agricultural business and a minor in communications, I was appointed by the Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture as Director of International Agricultural Marketing for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. While serving in this role, I coordinated efforts within the Division of Marketing and the Department of Economic and Community Development to identify and expand global markets for Tennessee agricultural products.

Since returning to the farm, I have been involved with organizations that advocate for farmers on the local, state, and federal level. While serving on the American Soybean Association board of directors and executive committee, I had the opportunity to provide leadership during two farm bills and numerous other federal policy issues regarding production agriculture. On a state level, I was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the steering committee for the Governor’s Rural Challenge. Our task was to implement a ten-year strategic plan to expand rural Tennessee’s capacity to produce agricultural products. I serve on my county Farm Bureau board and was the 2009 Tennessee Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement winner. I am also a member of our local Chamber of Commerce Ag Business Committee which was formed to address local issues affecting production agriculture and agricultural businesses.

Joann and I have three girls ages 14, 11, and 5. We are members of Lenox Baptist Church and are active with our youth and children program.

Why do you want to serve on the Farm Credit Mid-America Board?

Rural communities will change exponentially over the next decade. Leadership on the Board during that time will make decisions based on the realities of the economy but also regarding new technology in farming, new demographics of the rural borrower, and unforeseen market conditions worldwide. The Farm Credit system has evolved into a critical component of our agricultural infrastructure and rural communities throughout this region and the nation. In my own experience, adequate and responsible financing provided my entry into farming and allowed me to take advantage of opportunities for advancement. I consider myself mid-career. I have the past experience in traditional farm financing but also will be farming in this future of change. Farmers in my community and region will be dependent on a strong and viable Farm Credit Mid-America and I want to offer my experience and vision in hopes it would be of benefit.