| Published: January 01, 2020

Leader Magazine: Dreams into Reality

A Message from the President, Tom Truitt: 

There’s a lot about my job I enjoy, but one thing I never tire of is hearing the unique stories of our members. Some span decades – centuries even, in some cases – while others only a year or two. But regardless of whether I’m talking to a customer in their 50s or one in their 20s, you start to hear common themes among them – a dream, determination, and a passion for what they do.

Farm Credit’s mission is to help all of agriculture, and we take that seriously. As the average age of today’s farmer continues to creep closer to 60, it’s crucial we not only support those who have made the industry what it is today, but to be there for those just entering the field with the hope of progressing it for future generations. The four customers featured in this issue of the Leader are stellar examples of this up and coming cohort of young producers.

This issue also announces the dates of our 2020 customer events (page 12) and the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement’s new Community Education Program, aimed at providing financial support to organizations and programs educating our communities about agriculture (page 13). And, for all you budding entrepreneurs - don’t miss our article on page 14 on how to write a farm business plan, complete with a link to where you can download a template to help make the process even easier. We also have a code for you to get 50% off a QuickBooks subscription to help get you started on the right foot (back cover).

Wishing you all a happy and healthy spring,

Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit

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