February 2014 Archive

The Ningxia Hui Connection
February 27, 2014
The last part of my job title says “Outreach.” It’s a great catch-all term that I take as license to visit with agricultural groups across any spectrum imaginable. Yesterday, that continuum was stretched in distance and language as I spoke to a group of rural development officials from north central China. Read More >


Rural Entrepreneurs
February 25, 2014
Speaking to young, beginning farmer groups at conference workshops around the country, I get frustrated at how many think they are going to become farmers. Don't get me wrong, that's a noble goal. Not to mention that providing beginning farmers financial skills training, inspiration, and guidance is a big part of my job, which I'd like to keep. Read More >


How Things Start
February 4, 2014
In farming, how things start goes a long way towards predicting how things will finish. In other words, providing optimal conditions for planting and germination is the first best step in assuring a full harvest. I'd like to think that same principle applies to how the Farm Credit Council Annual Meeting started out this morning. Read More >


Slices of Agriculture
February 3, 2014
American Agriculture is a big topic with a long history. There are wide variations in production practices from farm to farm, never mind region to region. I don't pretend to understand it all, which is why I can promise only slices of agriculture in these blog posts. 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.