July 2015 Archive

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 >


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.