Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union today announced the launch of a farm stress management online training course available for the general public. Developed by Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) and University of Illinois Extension (Illinois Extension), the course will help farmers, their families and neighbors identify and cope with stress. It provides participants the skills …

AFBF, Audio, Farm Credit, Farming

Farm Credit Shares Produce Farmers’ COVID-19 Challenges

Cindy Zimmerman

Like every other sector of agriculture, fruit and vegetable producers are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic response. Many farmers around the country have experienced devastating losses from the shutdown of the foodservice supply chain and slowdown at retail. Farm Credit held a webinar panel discussion last week with specialty crop producers on the challenges they are facing. Participants included …

Audio, Farm Credit, Produce, specialty crops, Vegetables

Farm Credit Update on COVID-19 Impact

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Credit leaders participated in a media call Tuesday for an update on agricultural credit conditions, COVID-19’s impact on farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and how Farm Credit is helping during this challenging time – including via the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Webinar participants: Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO, Farm Credit Council Pat Calhoun, President and CEO, …

Audio, Farm Credit

ZimmCast 638 – Roundtable with Farm Credit

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast where farmer financial health is our topic. During the Commodity Classic held this year in San Antonio, I sat down with the CEOs of several Farm Credit associations: Aaron Johnson, Farm Credit Illinois, Bill Johnson, Farm Credit Mid America and Mark Jensen, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) and Frontier Farm Credit. Our topic was Volatility …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Farm Credit, ZimmCast

Farm Credit System Optimistic for 2020

Cindy Zimmerman

2019 may have been a challenging year for many of the farmers and ranchers served by the nationwide Farm Credit System, but the recent trade agreements are generating a lot of optimism for 2020. “We’ve been here for a hundred years in the good times and the bad and last year was kinda one of the bad times and we’re …

Audio, Cattle Industry Conference, Commodity Classic, Farm Credit

Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

Cindy Zimmerman

Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, agricultural organizations have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help. Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union announced the program yesterday in Washington D.C. with the support of several members of Congress. …

AFBF, Ag Groups, Farm Credit

FCA Board Chairman Dallas Tonsager Dies

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Credit Administration board chairman and former USDA under secretary Dallas Tonsager died Tuesday of lymphoma in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 64. Tonsager was appointed to the FCA board by President Barack Obama in 2015 and was designated chairman and CEO in 2016. Prior to that, he served as under secretary for rural development at the U.S. Department of …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Farm Credit

Farm Credit System Outlook on Agriculture Credit Conditions

Cindy Zimmerman

Three Farm Credit CEOs briefed the media Wednesday on credit conditions and the general agricultural economy. Below are links to audio files of the remarks from each CEO representing different parts of the country. Click here for supporting materials. Kathy Heustess, CEO, ArborOne Farm Credit – South Carolina/Southeast Mark Jensen, CEO, Farm Credit Services of America/Frontier Farm Credit – NE/IA/SD/WY …

Audio, Crop Insurance, Farm Credit

2018 NAFB Social Media Corps

Cindy Zimmerman

College students passionate about social media and digital storytelling are busy sharing 2018 NAFB Convention updates throughout the event on various social platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Farm Credit and Zoetis are sponsoring this year’s Social Media Corps, which consists of (pictured left to right) Jackie Leeuw, Purdue University; Hannah Borg, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Michaela Simcoe, South Dakota …

Audio, Farm Credit, Media, NAFB

2018 Commodity Classic Grows Beyond to Another Record

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 8,000 farmers, agriculture leaders and ag advocates converged on the Anaheim Convention Center to “GROW BEYOND!” at the 2018 Commodity Classic which took place Feb. 27 thorough March 1. Included in the preliminary number of 8,055 registered in Anaheim were a record number of non-exhibitor first-time attendees (1,533) and more than 150 media representatives. A total of 3,646 …

AMVAC, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Farm Credit, FMC, John Deere