August 2014 Archive

Fairly Obvious
August 15, 2014
Generations of young agriculturalists have learned to clip, brush, and polish all kinds of animals for the show ring. Read More >


What a Difference
August 13, 2014
Thankfully, today's generation of returning military veterans have access to assistance from groups like the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Read More >


Beginner Farmer Loan Market Share
August 12, 2014
Farm Credit is the predominant lender to young, beginning and small farmers. Read More >


Matt Knows How to Grow
August 6, 2014
The Homegrown By Heroes label is just the tool that Matt needs to help tell his farmís story. Check out a short video to see Matt explain just how Homegrown By Heroes works for him. It turns out that Matt Soldano knows how to grow customers, too. 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.