Farmers Business Network (FBN) has announced the appointment of John Vaske to the role of chief executive officer.
FBN co-founder and current CEO Amol Deshpande will step down as CEO effective February 28 to pursue other interests, the company says.
Vaske has served on the company’s board of directors since 2017. Raised on a farm in Iowa, Vaske has more than three decades of expertise in agriculture and technology, and most recently served as the head, Americas and head, Agribusiness for Temasek, a global agri-food investors
“FBN was founded with the mission to improve the profitability of family farms and assist the great small business entrepreneurs in rural America. While much has changed since founding, the mission has not. I am proud of what our team has accomplished and the impact we have had, building to a scale that hardly anyone expected when we started,” says exiting CEO Deshpande.
This announcement comes on the heels of several others for FBN, including the launch of Bridge Loans for farmland and surpassing $1 billion in producer financing; launching a partnership with Boveta Nutrition; and announcing a strategic collaboration with the Greeneye Technology Precision Spraying System.
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