New AFSC boss makes for the third one this year

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Agriculture Financial Services Corporation has appointed Darryl Kay as its new CEO. Kay has worked with the crop insurer and lender for nearly a decade, most recently as chief financial and innovation officer.

Kay takes over from Jerry Bouma, a board member and agri-food management consultant who has been interim CEO since Steve Blakely retired in April. Earlier that month, Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen appointed five new directors, including a new chair, on the seven-person board.

The appointments were intended to “reflect government’s commitment to streamline the AFSC to improve its services and responsiveness to farmers,” the government said at the time. Kay will “prioritize customer service, work to improve farm programs… (and) be a farm-friendly CEO,” said Dreeshen.

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