Every March 17, Americans don their green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Originally a religious observance recognizing the patron saint of Ireland, it has grown into a celebration of all things Irish. From Shamrock, Texas to Limerick, Maine, and in the 11 Dublins spread across America, more than 34 million Irish-American citizens (along with their friends and neighbors) will watch parades, listen to Irish music and enjoy traditional Irish food. What they may not realize is the role America’s farmers and ranchers play in providing the tastiest portion of the festivities.
The Producing Excellence Program (PEP) was launched in 2011 to share positive stories about Farm Credit customers’ success and our support for their efforts. PEP includes stories from every Farm Credit institution, more than 180 articles representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Most of the stories highlight a cross-section of the industries we serve, from livestock and row crops to rural infrastructure and produce. Several feature Farm Credit employees.