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Meet the routine cash flow needs of your business and manage risk.
Modernize with affordable, convenient financing.
Conveniently manage daily farm and family needs.
Acquire flexibility and potential tax benefits.
Financing farm-related services such as custom application.
Maximize returns by putting idle funds to work where they generate the best return.
Use funds for future loan payments, taxes or insurance.
Financing for ag equipment and irrigation systems.
Financing options exclusively designed for people who live or want to live a rural lifestyle.
Construction to permanent financing with one simple loan package.
Purchase the lot you want and select the financing option that makes the most sense for you.
Purchase land for hunting, horseback riding, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Offering established row crop farmers the caliber of financing they need to remain competitive and expand.
Large-scale producers receive financing to stay competitive and manage, improve or enlarge their operations.
We help producers embrace opportunities and surmount milk price hurdles the market can present.
Specialized financing for food and protein processors, feed millers, retailers and
Large, established poultry and egg producers receive financing that takes market swings and regulations into account.
Large-scale pork producers, integrators and processors receive guidance and resources to help expand their operations.
We help sawmills, wood processing operations and large timberland owners work to achieve profitability.
The stories, people and programs that are making an impact in rural communities and agriculture.
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Initiatives that contribute to the economic vibrancy of rural communities and agriculture.
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Agriculture is in a state of flux. With suppressed commodity prices and shifting land values across the country, even well-established U.S. farmers are tightening their belts and figuring out how to weather the storm. The challenging ag economy can quickly take a toll on young and beginning farmers. Becoming a farmer—whether taking over the family farm or starting out on your own—has never been easy, but coupled with difficult economic conditions, it’s harder than ever for young farmers to get their feet in the field.
Many farmers under the age of 35 recognize that one of the best ways to increase their chances of success is by increasing the breadth of their agricultural knowledge. The way Dad or Grandpa did something may no longer be a viable option under today’s unique conditions. For many young farmers, this has meant pursuing a college education. Farmers today are far more likely to hold a higher educational degree than farmers 25 years ago. According to the 2011 United States Department of Agriculture census, nearly a quarter of farmers hold college degrees—an indication of both the increased need for a job off the farm and how the profession is changing.
“A lot of younger farmers are going to school to learn areas of specialty they believe will help their operation be successful, whether that’s agronomy or animal science or economics. They are seeking a strong foundation in one or two topics,” says Michael Langemeier, Ph.D., an agricultural economist at Purdue University. “Even if you aren’t an expert in one aspect of the business, you have to know enough to hire the right person when the time comes.”
For students across the nation, FFA isn’t just an extra-curricular activity. It’s the foundation of a future in agriculture.
Many of our 1,100 employees cite FFA as a formative life experience and have stayed involved with the organization. Here are a few of their stories.
Producer and former FFA member Kenton Abrams shares his experience as a young farmer and his passion for agriculture.
Several organizations across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee work to get fresh fruit, vegetables and animal protein onto the plates of those in need.
For students across the nation, FFA isn’t just an extra-curricular activity. It’s the foundation of a future in agriculture. Read story
Many of our 1,100 employees cite FFA as a formative life experience and have stayed involved with the organization. Here are a few of their stories. Read story
Producer and former FFA member Kenton Abrams shares his experience as a young farmer and his passion for agriculture. Read story
Several organizations across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee work to get fresh fruit, vegetables and animal protein onto the plates of those in need. Read story
Ag teacher, 4-H leader and first generation rancher Josey Miller shares her experience in Part I of our 'Before the Farm' series. Read story
More than 6 million young people have benefitted from the 4-H experience, thanks in large part to volunteer advisors and trained 4-H educators who encourage them to discover their passion while developing lifelong skills like teamwork and leadership. Read story
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Get an insider's look behind the scenes at a county fair 4-H show. Read story
Real-world thinking coupled with real-world experience is crucial to agriculture education today. Read story
Family Scholar House helps parents forge paths to self-sufficiency for themselves and their children. Read story
The Homegrown by Heroes label helps veterans and active-duty service members set their farm products apart. Read story
At ag-focused Global Impact STEM Academy, students learn through hands-on projects
Seneca FFA in Louisville is urban, diverse and setting youth up for success Read story
Grain bin rescue tubes help rural fire departments keep communities safe
Virtual pork tours invite grade schoolers to explore the reality of modern farming
Farmers and food banks bring fresh food to local communities.. Read story
One 4-H camp in Ohio needed funding to "Raise the Roof". Read story
Last fall, Purdue broke ground on two buildings that make up the new Purdue Animal Sciences complex. Read story
Last fall, Farm Credit staff volunteers planted vegetables in Unicoi High School's greenhouse. The crops will stock the school cafeteria. Read story
Meet two of tomorrow’s ag leaders, from two very different backgrounds. Read story