November 2014 Archive

National to Local Sponsor Relationships
November 20, 2014
Farm Credit's National Sponsorship Program supports the National Food System MarketMaker Network. It's the largest publicly accessible database of food-related businesses, including farm producers, processors, distributors, and retailers. Read More >


Teaching the Teachers
November 7, 2014
Have you ever wondered how your Cooperative Extension Educator learns what they know about crop insurance, USDA programs, and best practices in beginning farmer education? I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the Southern Risk Management Education Center's Farm Bill Workshop in Atlanta. Read More >


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.