December 2014 Archive

It Sounds Convincing
December 12, 2014
Listen to this Public Service Announcement for the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Read More >


Women in Agriculture by the Ag Census Numbers
December 4, 2014
A closer look at USDA's Census of Agriculture data shows us is that a large proportion of farms are family operated and there are a large number of women active in agriculture. 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.