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.

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 two and half days will be 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. Other speakers for the rest of the week will be a variety of lending professionals, university faculty and other experts who will share their expertise and experiences on topics important to agricultural lenders. Speakers use presentations, exercises, and case studies to provide a variety of educational learning experiences. On day four, participants in the Agricultural Lenders School will join the Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium, a two-day annual program focused on current topics in agricultural lending.

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


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 closed. The 2015 MU Agricultural Lenders School is full.


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, 2015. 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: $99/night + tax
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
    At the University of Missouri
    1225 Fellows Place
    Columbia, Missouri, USA 65201
    Phone: (573) 214-2222
    Rate: $119/night + tax
  • The Broadway
    A DoubleTree by Hilton
    111 East Broadway
    Columbia, Missouri, USA 65201
    Phone: (573) 875-7000
    Rate: $139/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:

"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 For more information or special accommodations, please contact Jewel Coffman at (573) 882-4349 or

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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