Farm Credit Turns 100!

Farm Credit Turns 100!

July 13, 2016

Turning 100 is a noteworthy event for anyone. It’s especially exciting when an organization dedicated to helping America’s farmers, ranchers, and others hits the century mark! That’s exactly what’s happening in 2016 for Farm Credit. To honor this milestone, America’s Heartland is dedicating an entire episode to the cooperative network, highlighting its history and accomplishments.

“Farm Credit has been a valued supporter of America’s Heartland for the past five seasons,” said series producer Jim Finnerty. “We’re delighted to help tell their story of success to the many thousands of farmers and ranchers who watch our series on RFD-TV.”

One of the episode’s highlights is an interview with Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO of the Farm Credit Council. Van Hoose talks about how the Farm Credit System has supported rural communities and agriculture for 100 years with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. All told, Farm Credit organizations provide more than $217 billion in loans, leases, and related services to more than 500,000 borrower-owners.

One Farm Credit customer featured in the episode is Harlan Farms in Woodland, California, a thriving family farm growing tomatoes, alfalfa and other grains. Blake Harlan says his family has relied on Farm Credit for their capital needs since the 1930s. In addition to profiling farmers and ranchers throughout the U.S., the episode will also feature other types of customers, including infrastructure and communication services like Blackfoot Communications, a broadband services provider in Missoula, Montana.

“We hope this episode gives viewers a better idea of how important ag lenders are to the success of the industry,” Finnerty said. “Ultimately, organizations like Farm Credit ensure that all of us have a steady supply of the food, fuel and fiber needed to keep our nation healthy and strong.” 

The America’s Heartland Farm Credit Centennial episode is scheduled to air Wednesday, July 13 at 4:00 PM ET on RFD-TV.

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