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ICBA Names New Deputy Director of Agricultural Finance

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 21, 2004) - The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the nation's largest national banking trade association, has hired Reece Langley, who has experience shaping national farming policy, as deputy director of agricultural finance. He will assist ICBA in representing issues involving agriculture and rural America before Congress and the Administration.

Langley has worked in the agricultural sector both from a policy and agricultural production perspective. Before joining ICBA, Langley was an agricultural legislative assistant to Rep. Terry Everett (R-Ala.), a position that allowed him to be involved in the negotiations of the 2002 farm bill and other agricultural issues.

Langley was also raised on a family cotton farm in Alabama. Before moving to Washington, he worked as a management trainee for the Alabama Farmers Cooperative and managed the fertilizer and grain operation of the Lawrence County Exchange, a local farm supply cooperative. Langley also served as an intern for the House Agriculture Committee under then Rep. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who was chairman of the House committee before becoming a U.S. senator.

"We are pleased to have a person with Reece's strong agricultural background join ICBA's team," said Camden R. Fine, ICBA's president/CEO-elect. "He will be a great asset as ICBA continues to defend the interests of our nation's community banks in their pursuit of serving their farm, ranch and rural customers."

Langley earned a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University in 2000 after completing a bachelor's degree in agriculture economics in 1997. He will assist Mark Scanlan, ICBA's director of agricultural finance.