These numbers illustrate resilience in a cyclical industry. “2017 demonstrated the fact that agriculture in America is evolving in order to thrive and Farm Credit Mid-America is playing a large role in this transformation,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Farm Credit. “As this industry advances, we remain committed to being a source of dependable credit, a knowledgeable resource and a proud investor in the future of agriculture.”
Last year’s financial performance has allowed the Association to continue giving back to its customers through the Patronage Program. Through this program, Farm Credit will give a total of $87.9 million back to its customers in 2018. This is an increase of 216% over last year.
During the past year, Farm Credit enhanced the Growing Forward® Program, which features curriculum to help young and beginning farmers increase their knowledge of farm profitability and performance. The Association also held its second Insights Conference to share perspectives on business, leadership and agriculture to current customers. These measures help farmers adapt to an evolving industry and remain successful in the long-term.
“We are dedicated to working with our customers to build a strong and secure future for agriculture and rural communities,” stated Johnson. “As we continue into 2018, Farm Credit Mid-America is committed to standing strong with our customers, today and tomorrow.”