Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
The average age of the American farmer is 57 and according to the USDA, about 70 percent of the nation's farmland will change hands in the next two decades. Farm Credit, a national provider of financing and related services to agriculture and rural America, is working to ensure that the next generation will be ready to pick up where today’s leaders leave off through the National Contributions Program.
“Farm Credit’s National Contributions Program awarded 23 grants and sponsorships totaling more than $735,000 in the second quarter of 2012,” said Christina Bowen, director of national contributions for Farm Credit. “Supporting tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers through training and leadership programs helps ensure a bright future for the agricultural industry.”
Farm Credit's National Contributions Program awards contributions in three primary focus areas:
The following are a few of the programs focused on producers of tomorrow that received awards in the second quarter review.
Farm Credit will provide $2 million in funding this year to support the lives and livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. The national funding complements local and regional giving provided by Farm Credit entities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Farm Credit National Contributions Program’s application deadline for the third quarter of 2012 is August 31 Qualified applicants are invited to apply today at http://www.farmcredit.com. Click on the “Apply for Grants and Sponsorships” button.
For a complete list of Farm Credit National Contributions program second-quarter 2012 recipients, please visit farmcredit.com/contributions.
About Farm Credit: Lending Support to Rural America
For nearly a century, 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 http://www.farmcredit.com.