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Farm Credit Associations Celebrating 95 Years of Serving Farmers

[Louisville, KY – September 7, 2011] – As part of a year-long celebration of its 95th anniversary, Farm Credit is partnering with America’s Heartland, a PBS television program featuring American farmers who share a passion for hard work and excellent products, as well as a commitment to food safety, sustainability, environmental stewardship and animal welfare.  

America’s Heartland is an award-winning national television series celebrating American agriculture on public television and the RFD-TV cable and satellite channel. The first of 22 half-hour episodes of America’s Heartland’s seventh season are now airing on more than 230 public television stations. While each PBS station sets its own air date and time, schedules and PBS station information can be found at www.americasheartland.org and www.rfdtv.com.

“Consumers today take greater interest in where their food is coming as well as issues that touch on agricultural sustainability, environmental concerns and animal welfare,” said Michael Sanford, vice-president of content creation at KVIE Public Television, which produces the series. “We’re extremely grateful that Farm Credit has become one of our partners in providing the essential support needed to help us share agriculture’s positive and pro-active efforts with non-farm viewers.”

The www.americasheartland.org website also gives consumers easy connections to topics, educational resources, search functions and an archive of all past episodes. To give viewers immediate access to stories and special segments, America’s Heartland has expanded its social networking outreach with updated features and information on Facebook and Twitter. Video plays an increasingly important role on the America’s Heartland YouTube Channel, currently welcoming more than 90 thousand visitors each month.

“We are proud to be part of a nationwide network that has been supporting agriculture and rural America for 95 years,” said Dick Poe, senior vice president for FCS of Mid-America. “Farm Credit’s partnership with America’s Heartland allows us to honor America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers and help introduce them to consumers across the country.”

Farm Credit joins the United Soybean Board and the American Farm Bureau Federation as supporters of the only national program educating consumers about the origins of their food, fuel and fiber. The Farm Credit National Contributions Program made the grant to enable the partnership and is supported by each of the more than 90 organizations that comprise the Farm Credit System.

During its 95th anniversary year Farm Credit is also publishing a series of customer profiles as part of the Producing Excellence program online at FarmCredit.com. Each profile celebrates agribusiness leaders and entrepreneurs in American agriculture.

Farm Credit is a national network of cooperative lenders offering financing and related services to agricultural producers and agribusinesses. The Farm Credit System was established by President Woodrow Wilson on July 17, 1916 to fill the need for long-term agricultural credit, and today, serves nearly 500,000 borrower-owners with more than $175 billion in loans and financial services in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Learn more about Farm Credit’s 95-year legacy through an interactive historic timeline. And, understand the many ways Farm Credit’s National Contributions Program is supporting rural America within a recently published Community Impact Report.

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About Farm Credit: Lending Support to Rural America

For more information about the Farm Credit System, please visit For 95 years, Farm Credit has been a national provider of credit and related services to rural America through a cooperative network of customer-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations. Created by Congress in 1916, the Farm Credit System provides more than $175 billion in loans and leases to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives. For more information about the Farm Credit System, please visit www.farmcredit.com.

About Farm Credit Services

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is a $17.4 billion financial services cooperative serving almost 92,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating, equipment and housing and related services such as crop insurance and leasing. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or go online at www.e-farmcredit.com.