Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:
Everett farmed all his life in North Dakota and taught high school while farming for a few years. Nowadays, Everett is a full-time farmer and a leader in co-operatives with farming. He is a board chairman of CoBank, which is a farm credit bank which lends to rural electric, water, telephone, as well as farm credit associations. Most co-ops only lend to farm credit associations, but CoBank also does direct loans. Through USDA, CoBank lends especially to start-up coops, like ethanol. Everett also serves on rural electric co-operative board.