Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics Applications Now Being Accepted

STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit is now accepting applications for the 13th year of the Ag Biz Planner program and the 6th year of the Ag Biz Basics program. These e-learning courses teach financial and business planning, budgeting, and other farm management topics that are essential to a farm’s success. The ten-module and four-module courses are facilitated by Farm Credit University, in conjunction with AgCarolina and Cape Fear Farm Credits in North Carolina and Farm Credit of the Virginias and Colonial Farm Credit in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Ag Biz Planner and Basics aim to support Young, Beginning, Small (YBS), and Veteran farmers throughout our territory. Participants range from YBS and Veteran farmers who are just starting their farming venture, to those who have been farming for several years and are looking for guidance to improve their operation. The program offers online modules and videos, application exercises with relatable examples, and a fun and interactive conference to wrap up the course. Several leading speakers and advisors in the agriculture industry will be the highlight at the conference. The course topics include trends in agriculture, working with your ag lender, personal finances, farm growth and transition management, creating the most useful farm financial records, and much more. By the end of the course, each Ag Biz Planner participant will also have a complete farm business plan for their farming operation. Additionally, participants will be assigned a Carolina Farm Credit loan officer to serve as their mentor throughout the course.  

Carolina Farm Credit will accept up to five participants for each program. All applications are due July 15, 2021. The program will begin with a kickoff webinar on August 30. The course will conclude with a conference in Raleigh, NC on January 5-6, 2022. Applications, a course outline, and program information are available at Individuals selected for the program will be notified after August 15th. 

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 29 branch offices. Appraisal and leasing services are also available.

For over 100 years, Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.  

Carolina Farm Credit serves over 11,500 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.7 billion.  The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are David M. Coltrane, Chairman, Pleasant Garden; Vickie N. Smitherman, Vice-Chair, East Bend; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; Leslie G. Sparks, DVM, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord;  Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Dan A. Hunsucker, Conover; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield