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Fresno Madera Farm Credit

4365 West Spruce

Fresno, California 93722

United States

Company Description

The Fresno Madera Farm Credit, ACA (FMFC) is a federally chartered, member-owned, credit institution with two subsidiaries (Fresno Madera Production Credit Association and Fresno Madera Federal Land Bank Association, FLCA) operating under the authority of ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Fieldman

Ballantine Produce Co.

President

Clovis Unified School District

Director of Fundraising

Afasic

Supervisor

Social Security Administration

Affiliations

Board Member
Fresno County Farm Bureau

Member of the Ag Backers Committee and Ag Advisory Council
Reedley College

Member
California State Bar

Member
Fresno County Bar Association

Member
Indiana State Bar Bar association

Education

Reedley College

Sanger High School

Bachelor of Arts degree

Communications and English

Brigham Young University

JD Wheeler

Juris Doctor degree

Western State University College of Law

Juris Doctorate

Western State University College of Law

Masters degree

Criminology

California State University , Fresno

Masters degree

Public Administration

California State University , Sacramento

undergraduate degree

Brigham Young University

Web References (95 Total References)


Mark Thompson Senior ...

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Mark Thompson Senior Chattel Appraiser, Fresno Madera Farm Credit

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Last year, Mark recognized that many young people who have aspirations to succeed in agriculture or other fields might not have the financial means to acquire the tools they need. Shortly before the 2015 Fresno District Fair, he started seeking supporters for what he's since named the "All Around Ag Awards" program. The program provides toolboxes, tailored to individual needs and interests, to deserving area youth. His plan involves engaging local student advisors to identify the recipients and local businesses to sponsor the project. Within two months, in time for the annual fair, Mark had secured 18 toolboxes, each worth $300-$500. As of 2016 National Agriculture Day, he already had 55 toolboxes sponsored for the 2016 Fair with sponsors ranging from local businesses to his barber and, not surprisingly, his employer of 42 years, Fresno Madera Farm Credit.
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Mark is a willing volunteer no matter what the project. He cooks for the young ag students at the fair, serves at the Cattlemen's fundraiser, and gets his hands dirty out in the field. More, he inspires others to volunteer alongside him, because, as one co-worker said, "his dedication to the community is contagious."
His work at the fair goes beyond his All Around Ag Awards program; in recognition of his dedication, he was named the Community Champion for Volunteerism by the Fresno District Fair in 2014. In 2007, Mark was one of six inductees into the Fresno Fair Hall of Fame in its inaugural year. He is also the past president for the Clovis Rodeo and of the Cattlemen's Association, a board member of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, and active in Fresno Fair Champions Club, the Reedley College Ag Backers Council and the Reedley Ag College Curriculum Committee.
With his continued focus on helping youth prepare for success in their futures, Mark says, "The future of agriculture holds not only hard work, new technology, challenging conditions and political tests, but also an agricultural mindset.


Fresno County Farm Bureau: Executive Committee

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Secretary/Treasurer: Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson has been a part of the agricultural community his entire life. He grew up on a farm in Sanger, where he was exposed to grapes, oranges, almonds and field crops. Thompson is a graduate of Sanger High School and Reedley College. Since the mid-1970s, Thompson has been on the staff of Fresno Madera Farm Credit, serving as a chattel appraiser, specializing in non-real estate assets.
Thompson also has extensive experience in the livestock industry, serving on the boards of several organizations, including the Clovis Rodeo Association, Fresno-Kings Cattlemen's Association, Friends of Rodeo, Champions Club and the Junior Livestock Auction Committee at the Big Fresno Fair. Thompson has also served on the Reedley College Ag Backers and the Ag Advisory Committee. Thompson has served as the FCFB livestock commodity chair and the organization's executive committee.
In addition, Thompson serves as an announcer for rodeos and horse shows. He was recently recognized for his dedication to the future of agriculture as a Farm Credit Top 100 Fresh Perspectives Honoree.
Thompson currently lives in the Madera Ranchos area with his wife, Karen.


Fresno County Farm Bureau: Errotabere

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Mark Thompson

It is not uncommon to see Board member Mark Thompson wearing his cowboy hat. This is only fitting considering the number of different hats (not literally) he carries as an active leader and member of the agriculture community.
Despite Thompson's hard work, he knows when to have fun. He announces horse shows and rodeos all over the western United States. He credits three events that led him to find his spot behind the microphone.
Thompson, of Clovis, was first introduced to announcing when Bob Robinson, an announcer and great friend of Mark's, needed Thompson to fill in announcing while Robinson competed in one of the cattle events. Thompson, of Clovis, was first introduced to announcing when Bob Robinson, an announcer and great friend of Mark's, needed Thompson to fill in announcing while Robinson competed in one of the cattle events.
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Mark stepped up and announced his first event.
Thompson got his first major opportunity to announce in 1992 when Jon Semper asked him to announce for three days at a Snaffle Bit Futurity event at Selland Arena when it moved to Fresno.
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After a long talk with Tallman, Mark decided to attend Tallman's rodeo announcer school in Baker City, Oregon.
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Mark and the Backcountry Horseman Pack Team have won the world championship 3 times and the reserved world championship several times.


Fresno County Farm Bureau: Errotabere

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Mark Thompson

It is not uncommon to see Board member Mark Thompson wearing his cowboy hat. This is only fitting considering the number of different hats (not literally) he carries as an active leader and member of the agriculture community.
Despite Thompson's hard work, he knows when to have fun. He announces horse shows and rodeos all over the western United States. He credits three events that led him to find his spot behind the microphone.
Thompson, of Clovis, was first introduced to announcing when Bob Robinson, an announcer and great friend of Mark's, needed Thompson to fill in announcing while Robinson competed in one of the cattle events. Thompson, of Clovis, was first introduced to announcing when Bob Robinson, an announcer and great friend of Mark's, needed Thompson to fill in announcing while Robinson competed in one of the cattle events.
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Mark stepped up and announced his first event.
Thompson got his first major opportunity to announce in 1992 when Jon Semper asked him to announce for three days at a Snaffle Bit Futurity event at Selland Arena when it moved to Fresno.
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Thompson's announcing career took another huge leap when Thompson ran into world-famous rodeo announcer, Bob Tallman, at Bishop Mule Days in Bishop California.
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After a long talk with Tallman, Mark decided to attend Tallman's rodeo announcer school in Baker City, Oregon.
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Thompson has announced ever since.
"I've been able to meet a lot of great people and see a lot of great horses at these events," said Thompson of his announcing.
Thompson's involvement extensive within ag community
Thompson has been a part of the agricultural community his entire life. He grew up on a farm in Sanger, where he was exposed to grapes, oranges, almonds and field crops. His knowledge of the industry and passion for serving members of the agricultural community continues to grow.
Thompson is a graduate from Sanger High School and Reedley College. After Reedley College, he worked as a fieldman for Ballantine Produce Co., overseeing day-to-day operations, including harvest and cultural practices.
After three years at Ballantine Produce Co., Thompson accepted an offer to work for Fresno-Madera Farm Credit (formerly Federal Land Bank) in 1974, where has worked ever since. His experience with a variety of agricultural commodities made him valuable to Farm Credit, including his experience with tree fruit, row crops, nuts, cattle, sheep and grapes.
Since 1990, Thompson has been a chattel appraiser, which includes appraisal of personal property (non-real estate), livestock and inventory. "It's really been interesting to see the changes in agriculture and the changes in agriculture technology," Thompson said. "The best part about my job, though, is the people I work with. Ag people are 'salt-of-the-earth' people."
Since 1992, Thompson has been a member of the FCFB Board of Directors. "Farm Bureau is such a friend of agriculture and our neighbors need to know that," he said.
When not announcing a Snaffle Bit Futurity, the Clovis Rodeo, the World's Richest, or other Equine events, Thompson has utilized his public speaking skills to emcee numerous local events, including Fresno County Farm Bureau's Annual Media Appreciation Night, and the Annual Ag Boosters Barbecue.
Despite his heavy involvement with Farm Bureau and his work at Farm Credit, this is just a fraction of his involvement with the agricultural community.
Thompson has also served on the Clovis Rodeo Association; the Fresno-Kings Cattlemen's Association; the Friends of Rodeo; the Reedley College Ag Backers Committee and Ag Advisory Council; and a member of the Junior Livestock Auction Committee and the Champions Club at the Big Fresno Fair.
Thompson was named to the first Big Fresno Fair Hall of Fame for his years of service to the Junior Livestock Auction, as well as developing programs like the Champion of Excellence for the Ag Youth.
"I am very fortunate to be on several boards," Thompson said. "The people on these boards are down-to-earth and level-headed, are stewards of the land, and they all have the same values. They are here to do a job; they are supporting agriculture and trying to feed the world. These are the type of people I want to be around."
Thompson finds his niche
In addition to his talent as a rodeo announcer, Thompson is very thankful to be part of two very successful mule packing teams, competing at the Annual Bishop Mule Days.
Mule packing is a competition where a string of five mules are packed with various loads, and compete in six different events. It is the center focus of Bishop Mule Days. Mark and the Backcountry Horseman Pack Team have won the world championship 3 times and the reserved world championship several times.
In reference to his success, Thompson said: "Everyone is a world champion; all you have to do find your niche."


Home Page | Fresno Madera Farm Credit

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Mark Thompson, Senior Chattel Appraiser at FMFC, is among visionaries being recognized nationally through Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives.

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