Recent Posts

Farm Credit Recognizes Outstanding 4-H Youth
September 26, 2016
Since 2011, Farm Credit has supported the National 4-H Councilís Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) program, which brings 4-H members from across the country to Washington, D.C. to participate in civic workshops, committees and field trips and develop valuable leadership skills. Read More >


Another Harvest Dinner for Farmer Veterans
September 23, 2015
The Arcadia Harvest Dinner for Farmer Veterans celebrates a successful year. Read More >


What I Did On My Summer Vacation
September 15, 2015
Chris Laughton, Director of Knowledge Exchange at Farm Credit East, volunteers through the Farmer-to-Farmer program to help farmers in developing countries around the world. Read More >


In Good Times and Bad
July 24, 2015
It has always been the mission of the Farm Credit System to make sure there is a consistent source of credit available to agriculture. In this post we will examine this goal by looking at agricultural lending patterns over the last 40 plus years. The focus will be whether the lending patterns of agricultural lenders are pro-cyclical, counter-cyclical or constant. Read More >


Military Boots to Farm Roots
July 14, 2015
Jana and Damon Helton have turned a vision into a farm business reality. Read More >


Cows As Bait
June 5, 2015
I wonít deny happily daydreaming about what happens in the next chapter of my life; I'm planning on going back to my farm in New Hampshire. The basic idea is to reestablish the cattle business, raising beef cattle for the local grass fed market. There is one reason in particular why I am planning to have cattle. You see, I plan to use them as bait. Read More >


Salute to Farmer Veterans
June 4, 2015
This salute is a privileged gesture of respect and trust. This salute is meant to communicate our thanks, our commitment to support farmer veterans, and our willingness to listen to their dreams so we can help them formulate plans for their own future. Read More >


Homegrown By Heroes
May 29, 2015
The Homegrown By Heroes program allows former service men and women to add the Homegrown By Heroes logo to their farm productsí packaging and signage. The label identifies products from agricultural businesses owned by veterans, allowing consumers to choose to actively support military veterans through their buying decisions. Read More >


Thank Like a Leader
May 12, 2015
Iíve been to a lot of leadership seminars, courses, and conferences over the years as either a trainee or a presenter. My preference is for those events that allow some of each: being at times a presenter and otherwise just another trainee. Incognito among the audience there are always new lessons to be learned, and some valuable enough to pass along. Read More >


A Bit Further Down the Yellow Brick Road
April 28, 2015
No farm is a storybook movie set with cowardly lions, brainless scarecrows, and heartless tin men, but the real world of courage, cleverness, and commitment are there for all to see. Read More >


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About Gary Matteson
Gary Matteson has more than 30 years of experience in farming, small business, and agriculture-related organizations. He leads the Farm Credit program serving young, beginning and small farmers and ranchers at the Farm Credit Council, the System's national trade organization. Mr. Matteson coordinates efforts within Farm Credit's nationwide network and among many national agricultural organizations to ensure that beginning farmers have opportunities for success. The Farm Credit System provides beginning farmers loan assistance, mentoring and business planning support. Mr. Matteson also helps Farm Credit build diversity in farming by encouraging agricultural operations that bring a focus to locally grown foods in or near urban areas. He has researched, designed curricula, and taught financial and business planning skills for more than ten years to thousands of beginning farmers in conferences, seminars, webinars, and college classrooms. Mr. Matteson specializes in making basic business concepts approachable and relevant to beginning farmers.