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Left to right:  Jared Rhodes, Darryl Rhodes, Michele Rhodes, Susie Rhodes, Natalie Walenta, Amy Walenta, Jeff Walenta, and Julia Walenta.

I was raised on a farming and commercial cow-calf and stocker operation in eastern Colorado near Deer Trail.  After graduating from Northeastern Junior College I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Agricultural Business from Colorado State University.  Subsequent to graduation at CSU I spent nearly 40 years in various positions with the Farm Credit System.  I retired at President and CEO of U.S. AgBank which had assets of approximately $25 billion.  At my retirement U.S.Ag Bank merged into CoBank headquartered in the Denver area. As part of my retirement plan I started a registered and commercial Red Angus business in 2010.

Ranching was my first love and something I always thought I would eventually do.  But the allure of the Farm Credit System was strong, and combining banking with a sole focus on agricultural producers from Kansas to California made for a rewarding, exciting and very educational  career.  Our ranch is 50 miles northeast of Wichita, Kansas.  It is between Peabody and Florence right on Highway 50. This area is the western edge of the Kansas Flinthills which is some of the best grass country in the nation.  Susie is a Kansas girl and was raised in Conway Springs which is a small farming town southwest of Wichita.  We have two children and are blessed with two precious granddaughters and we all enjoy our time together in the country.