Farm Foundation and Farm Credit Announce Conference to Help Practitioners Support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Registration is now open for the two-day event, to be held December 10-11

OAK BROOK, Ill.—Farm Foundation® and Farm Credit will host Training for Success: Resources and Tools for Working with Beginning Farmers and Ranchers—a free, two-day virtual conference—on December 10-11, 2020. A follow-up to November’s Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference, which highlighted academic research, this event will focus on providing practitioners and organizations with practical tools and information to support new agriculture professionals. The conference will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST on December 10, and 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST on December 11, with networking opportunities both days until 4:00 p.m. CST.

“Our November conference was the biggest event in Farm Foundation history, which demonstrates how important beginning farmers and ranchers are to our industry,” said Shari Rogge-Fidler, President and CEO of Farm Foundation. “We are delighted to partner with Farm Credit to build upon that momentum by providing this new learning and networking opportunity.”

Training for Success: Resources and Tools for Working with Beginning Farmers and Ranchers is free to attend. Practitioners who work directly with beginning farmers and ranchers are particularly encouraged to attend, as are individuals with interest in financial, mentoring, business planning and other applicable services for this sector. Sessions include:

  • Recognizing the Range of Financial Skills Training Methods
  • Creating Training Communities: Leveraging Partnerships from Local to National
  • New Tools for Practitioners
  • Entrance Strategy Success Stories
  • Supporting Generational Transfers

“Farm Credit is committed to supporting beginning farmers and ranchers. Developing business plans and understanding the financial skills necessary to manage a successful farm or ranch lie at the heart of our outreach to new producers. We are excited to partner with Farm Foundation on this important initiative that will better prepare those who work with the next generation of farmers and ranchers,” said Farm Credit Council President and CEO Todd Van Hoose.

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The conference will also provide several networking opportunities for attendees to connect for future collaborations. Attendees may review session descriptions and register at

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