Educational Programs, Resources Designed for Your Farm Success
In part one, we shared about the Ag Biz Basics and Ag Biz Planner educational programs for young, beginning, and small Farmers. In this blog, we focus on the Ag Leadership Institute, which is designed for farmers who have a few years farm experience under their belts. We also share info about our library of resources on our website. This information is tailored to the farm community with helpful farm financial management information.
Ag Leadership Institute
With planning for the 23rd Ag Leadership Institute under way, the value of this weekend-long event cannot be overestimated. The intensive learning experience taps farm couples or farm partners who show leadership capabilities and seeks to further encourage and develop those skills.
“We have seen so many people finish the Ag Leadership Institute and go on and take leadership roles across the state,” says Maggie Hamm, Carolina Farm Credit senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “They may step up and serve on a committee in their commodity organization, take a leadership role in their community, or be active in Farm Bureau. We currently have four board members at Carolina Farm Credit that came through the Ag Leadership Institute.”
The Institute features several speakers with extensive experience in the agricultural industry. Among them is Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus of Virginia Tech; Dr. Alex White, professor, Virginia Tech department of dairy science; and Dr. Michael Hester, director of the pastoral counseling and growth center in Asheville, who understands the stressors of farm life and provides guidance on the importance of taking care of personal and family well-being. Held each year at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, participants are treated to inviting accommodations and meals. They also hear Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit and Kyle Mayberry, director of agriculture at the Biltmore Estate, with a chance for free time to visit the popular destination.
“A group dinner the first night is a great networking opportunity to meet not only the Farm Credit executive leadership team and our board of directors but also other farmers in our territory,” says Jocelyn Roten, Carolina Farm Credit marketing specialist. “It’s a great way to connect. If we can provide extra leadership guidance, we see value in that and the value in not just helping grow their farms but also helping our local rural communities.”
Youth Personal Finance Resources
Youth Personal Finance Resources, a cooperative effort of Carolina, Cape Fear, and AgCarolina Farm Credit, is designed to teach personal finance to youth. It includes several recorded webinars and other tools and is frequently used by FFA teachers, 4-H leaders, and Extension personnel. As part of this effort, leaders may request a loan officer to visit a classroom to talk about personal finance or careers with Farm Credit.
Think of Carolina Farm Credit’s “library of resources” as an excellent starting point whenever you need helpful information. New resources are added on a regular basis. Maggie Hamm, Carolina Farm Credit senior vice president and chief marketing officer, whose team is responsible for the library, shares some of the high points:
- Educational content ranges from pieces like Land Loan Considerations, Home Construction Guide, Taking the Plunge into Farming, Purchasing Essential Farm Equipment, to Keeping Good Farm Records, and more.
- A wealth of webinars includes links to reliable and relevant information such as risk management basics, cash flow analysis, personal finance, and estate planning .
- YouTube videos feature a popular weekly weather report, interviews with farmers, information from Carolina Farm Credit lenders about topics such as land financing and farm loans.
- Blogs share the latest expert articles, industry insights, and farmer interviews.
- Facebook and Instagram are great ways to receive links and updates to various resources on both the Carolina Farm Credit website and YouTube channel.
“Over the last several years we have added pieces around many farm business issues and worked with industry leaders to create on-demand webinars with timely information on risk management, personal finance, financial planning, transition planning and estate planning, all the things that we know are important to our customers,” says Maggie.
Resources Support Agriculture & Local Communities; Customer-Member of Farm Credit Not Required
“Our educational programs and online resources are another way that Carolina Farm Credit helps support agriculture and our local communities. We offer our educational programs and online resources at no cost. Any person interested can apply or access them, whether they’re a member or not. We’ve often heard of the great impact that our programs and resources have had on those who have participated and utilized them. We’re happy to continue to make a difference in our communities with our educational programs and online resources,” shares Carolina Farm Credit CEO Vance Dalton.
See part 1 for information on Ag Biz Basics and Ag Biz Planner and how these programs put young, beginning, and small farmers ahead of the game.
By Leah Chester-Davis