Producing Excellence

Producing Excellence shares compelling stories of American farmers and ranchers, both newcomers to agriculture and producers who span generations.

Heath and Betsy Long
Heath Long Farms and Long Planting Company
Tichnor, AR
Successful farming practices and community involvement earned these farmers a prestigious statewide award.


James and Sandy Stepp
Wichita Buffalo Company at Sandy Springs Farm
Hinton, OK
James and Sandy Stepp left corporate life to bring healthy buffalo meat to Oklahoma customers.


Jerry and Dana Miller
Agritec, Inc. and Farming
Deering, ND
This couple branched out from farming to build a successful custom-blend agronomy company.


Joe and Steve Paxton
Irishtown Acres
Grove City, PA
Irishtown Acres' prolific cows provide its owners with a dual income stream: selling calves as well as milk.


John and Kati Hagenbuch
Hagenbuch Family Farms
Utica, IL
Starting a new swine operation enabled this couple to leave their off-farm jobs behind to become full-time farmers.


Juan Pagan Caraballo
Bananera Pagan
This large banana producer has built a distribution system that efficiently delivers his crop all across Puerto Rico.


Kelli and Brian Eglinger
Pine Draft Farm
Augusta, WV
Environmental concerns may cost this cattle and poultry operation more, but setting a good example is worth it.


Kirk and Julie Berggren
KC Pumpkin Patch
Gardner, KS
The KC Pumpkin Patch delivers fun and education to thousands of visitors each autumn.


Kory and Tina Stephensen
Stephensen Sheep Company
Fountain Green, UT
These young ranchers have grown their sheep herd to 2,000 head in just four years.


Larry and Jenny Black
Citrus Operations
Fort Meade, FL
As a citrus grower and manager of a citrus packing company, Larry Black works to increase citrus yields and overcome a resilient tree disease.


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Oxnard, CA

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Farm Credit by the Numbers

  • 1,062,364
    Number of Loans at Dec. 31, 2016
  • 500,000
    Farm Credit Customers Nationwide
  • $253 Billion
    Total Loan Volume at Dec. 31, 2016
  • $12.2 billion
    New Loans to Small Farmers and Ranchers in 2014

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