McLEAN, Va. - Unlike his predecessor, Michael M. Reyna never made loans to farmers before becoming chairman and chief executive officer of the Farm Credit System

But that should not count as a strike against him, says Mr. Reyna, who replaced Marsha Pyle Martin in January after Ms. Martin died unexpectedly. In fact, Mr. Reyna contends that his inexperience may actually help him to achieve one key objective: smoothing things out between the 200-odd Farm Credit lenders and traditional banks.

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