May 2015 Archive

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 >


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.