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Farm Credit Publishes Community Impact Report Highlighting National Contributions Partner Success Stories

DENVER, Aug. 25, 2011 – Farm Credit, a national provider of financing and related services to agricultural producers and agribusinesses, has published an inaugural Community Impact Report in celebration of the important work being done by its partner organizations. This eight-page publication is now available online, and highlights success stories from the people and organizations that receive national contributions support from Farm Credit.

The organizations featured in the Community Impact Report are America’s Heartland, American Farm Bureau Federation, Annie’s Project, National 4-H Council, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, National FFA Organization, The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP), and The National Milk Producers Federation.

Additionally, the Farm Credit National Contributions Program announced more than $500,000 in new financial contributions for the third quarter of the year to support national agricultural programs. Farm Credit has committed $810,065 toward its goal of providing $2 million in national contributions support in 2011. Farm Credit’s national contributions complement the millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours given annually by the five banks and 84 associations within the Farm Credit System to support local and regional programs.

“Farm Credit is continuing its legacy of supporting agricultural programs that benefit the communities in rural America,” said Christina Bowen, director of national contributions for Farm Credit. “Our national contributions program enables our partner organizations to provide the education, research, training and information-sharing critical to a successful future for farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry.”

“Farm Credit supports and encourages the growth of women in agriculture,” said Helen Norris, AFBF Women’s Leadership participant. “Without sponsorships, this opportunity for learning and networking for women in agriculture would not be possible.”

The Farm Credit National Contributions Program’s application deadline for the fourth quarter is Nov. 1, 2011. Qualified applicants are invited to apply today at www.farmcredit.com. Click on the “Apply for Grants and Sponsorships” button.

Third-quarter 2011 Farm Credit National Contributions program recipient list:

  • Agriculture Future of America
  • American Agri-Women
  • The Center for Food Integrity
  • Center for Rural Leadership Project Central: 2011 International Leadership Alumni Conference
  • Community Partners
  • Council on Food Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Drake Forum on America’s New Farmers
  • DTN/The Progressive Farmer
  • Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  • Grange Foundation: 2011 National Grange Youth Leadership Days
  • Iowa State University Foundation: Annie’s Project
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge
  • Produce Marketing Association
  • Progressive Agriculture Foundation
  • Regional Technology Strategies
  • Successful Farming
  • Middle Tennessee State University Block & Bridle: 92nd National Block & Bridle Convention
  • National Association of Farm Broadcasting: NAFB Annual Convention

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About Farm Credit: Lending Support to Rural America

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.

Margaret Fogarty, National Communications Director
Farm Credit
(303) 721-3284