Commercial Agriculture Program

 

Agricultural Lenders School

June 1-5, 2015

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.

Program

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 half of the week is 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 second half of the week is a variety of lending professionals, university faculty and other experts 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. 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.

Topics

  • 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
  • Completing the Agricultural Loan
  • Farm Service Agency Programs and Perspectives
  • US Farm Bill and Commodity Outlook

History

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, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Participants typically work in banks, farm credit associations, agribusinesses, state agencies and finance companies.

Fees

The $1,250 registration fee includes program materials, lunches, and the evening social event. Registration deadline is May 6, 2015. Two week notification is required for refunds and substitutions are welcome. Space is limited; please register early to ensure a registration.

Registration

Look for more information here in January 2015.

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.

Testimonials

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

"The Agricultural Lending School helped me understand why we take all of the information that we do from our customers. It brought everything together and showed me the bigger picture."
   Greg Gard, PCSB Bank, Clarinda, Iowa

"I had a wonderful experience with the Mizzou Ag Lending School. The variety of agricultural topics and tools given have already helped me understand our customers better. The material will become even more useful as I get deeper into ag lending."
   Brandon Pylate, Montgomery Bank, Jackson, Missouri

"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, Missouri

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If you have questions regarding specific program content, please contact Ryan Milhollin at (573) 882-0668 or MilhollinR@missouri.edu. 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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