Commercial Agriculture Program


Agricultural Lenders School

June 2-6, 2014

The University of Missouri Agricultural Lenders School was developed to provide in-depth training in agricultural finance for lenders seeking to make good loan decisions in today's marketplace.

Get a PDF version of the school flyer here.


The five day curriculum was developed to educate and challenge participants in the school. All sessions and activities focus on practical applications critical to an agricultural lending operation.

The first three days of instruction are taught by Dr. Freddie Barnard from Purdue University. Dr. Barnard was a pioneer in the development of the Farm Financial Standards and is a leading agricultural finance professor in the US.

The last two days of the program are a variety of lending professionals and university faculty who will share their expertise and experiences on selected topics important to agricultural lenders. In the middle of the week, a social event is hosted to bring together early career agricultural lenders and accomplished lenders in a relaxed environment to network and share experiences.

A limited class size is used to provide personalized instruction and networking opportunities. Speakers use presentations, exercises, and case studies to provide a variety of educational learning experiences.

Who Should Attend

Early career lenders (zero to five years experience) or experienced lenders who are assuming new agricultural loan responsibilities are the intended audience for this school.


  • Introduction to Agricultural Financial Statements
  • Keys to Agricultural Credit Analysis
  • Financial Benchmarks and Comparative Data
  • Communicating with your Farmer Clients
  • Practical Servicing Issues Specific to Agriculture
  • Emerging Issues in Agricultural Finance
  • Legal Review and Lien Documentation
  • Managing Agricultural Risks
  • Bank Examiner's Perspective
  • Completing the Agricultural Loan
  • Farm Service Agency Programs and Perspectives
  • US Farm Bill and Commodity Outlook


Since the MU Agricultural Lenders School was founded in 2000, it has successfully trained more than 300 agricultural lenders from Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Participants typically work in banks, farm credit associations, agribusinesses, state agencies and finance companies.


The $1,250 registration fee includes program materials, lunches, and Tuesday night's social event. Registration deadline is May 6, 2014. Two week notification is required for refunds and substitutions are welcome. Space is limited; please register early to ensure a registration.


Contact the MU Conference Office at (573)882-4349 with questions regarding registration.


Hotel accommodations are not included with the event, but blocks of rooms at some hotels in Columbia have been arranged with discounted room rates until May 1, 2014. When making a reservation, please refer to the “MU Lenders School” to get the proper rate.

  • Stoney Creek Inn
    2601 S. Providence Road
    Columbia, Missouri 65203
    Phone: (800) 659-2220 or (573) 442-6400
    Rate: $93/night + tax
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
    At the University of Missouri
    1225 Fellows Place
    Columbia, Missouri, USA 65201
    Phone: (573) 214-2222
    Rate: $109/night + tax
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    111 East Broadway
    Columbia, Missouri, USA 65201
    Phone: (573) 875-7000
    Rate: $124/night + tax + parking

Traveling to Columbia, Missouri

Air Travel

There are three airports that you can fly into when traveling to Columbia, MO. The closest airport is the Columbia Regional Airport, which is just minutes away from the conference site and car rental is available on site.

The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport are each approximately two hours from Columbia, Missouri. Car rental agencies are on site. There is also a regular shuttle to and from Columbia to both airports.

Please visit the following airports when making your travel plans:

Travel by Car

If you are driving to Columbia, Missouri, you will find it conveniently located in the middle of Missouri along I-70.


Here's what some previous participants had to say about the school:

"As a fairly new loan officer, I felt the school offered valuable tools and insight into the business of ag lending and I know I will use the information learned for the rest of my career."
   Stephanie Tyler, FCS Financial, Higginsville, Missouri

"The school was a great learning experience and I look forward to using the information I picked up from all of the great speakers."
   Shane Akers, Farmers Bank, Leon, Iowa

"I would say that the Agricultural Lenders School was a great experience. I saw things from different angles and it gave me a basis of knowledge that I will carry throughout my career. I really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere, the great speakers, and hands on experience."
   Jody Almand, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, Hope, Arkansas

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If you have questions regarding specific program content, please contact Ryan Milhollin at (573) 882-0668 or For more information or if you have a disability and require special services, please contact Christy Sumners at (573) 882-4349.

This program is sponsored by the Commercial Agriculture Program at the University of Missouri, Missouri Independent Bankers Association and FCS Financial.

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