Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Launches Youth Heifer Initiative

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Ag lender is working with cattle associations in Kentucky and Tennessee to recognize top youth in the industry

"Each of the six winners will receive up to $2,000 to purchase a heifer from a cattle association member."

An initiative launched by the Tennessee and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Associations and Farm Credit Services of Mid-America will help ensure youth in those states continue to have a vested interest in the cattle industry.

The 2011 Heifer Initiative awards funds to help six youth purchase heifers of their own. The winners – three from each state in various age divisions – will be selected based questions answered on the applications and their responses to essay questions.

One winner will be selected in each age division in each state based on the originality from the essay writer. Each of the six winners will receive up to $2,000 to purchase a heifer from a cattle association member.

“It’s a great way to support the members of our state’s cattle associations and it creates a good base of youth who could be future members of the association and involved in the cattle industry,” said Shane Williams, financial services officer from Athens, Tennessee.

The Heifer Initiative essays are due in December to the Kentucky and Tennessee Cattlemen’s Associations. Copies of the application, with additional instructions and a mailing address, are available online at (click on Community, then Heifer Initiative, then select Kentucky or Tennessee). You can also stop by your local Farm Credit office for an application. Winners will be announced at the Kentucky and Tennessee Cattlemen’s Associations’ annual conventions in January.

Joel Oney, regional vice president in eastern Kentucky, encourages youth with an interest in the cattle industry to participate in the program and is proud to have Farm Credit Services help sponsor and promote the initiative. “Each year, we allocate funds to help support projects that advance our stewardship mission to support youth and young farmer groups. This program supports both. We believe that today’s youth are vital to the future of the farm and cattle industry.”

About Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is a $17.1 billion financial services cooperative serving over 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 including real estate, operating loans,equipment loans, and housing loans. FCS also provides an array of financial services, including crop insurance and leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit them on the web at


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