Farm Credit supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow.
Rural Community Grant Fund
The Rural Community Grant Fund was established as a partnership between Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, the two largest providers of agricultural loans in western North Dakota, and AgriBank Farm Credit Bank, their St. Paul, Minn.-based funding bank, to help communities impacted by mineral development. Grants support critical community needs such as healthcare, safety, access to housing, education and economic development.
The Rural Community Grant Fund is accepting applications for work to meet the needs of communities in western North Dakota. Interested parties should apply at AgriBank.com.
The Mandan association will award four scholarships at $1,000 each to high school seniors who plan to enroll in college next fall. Recipients must be from an actively farming and/or ranching family, or be planning to pursue a career in farming or some other aspect of agriculture.
Selection is based on academic record, personal attributes, vocational promise, leadership and financial need. Students may obtain scholarship application forms from their high school counselor or vo-ag instructor, from any Farm Credit Services office in North Dakota, or here. Deadline for submitting applications is March 1st.
In addition to direct lending activities, Farm Credit serves young, beginning and small farmers through contributions and volunteer efforts in support of organizations such as FFA and 4-H and other rural youth organizations and activities. We also offer training programs and scholarship programs for farm youth entering college.
Ag Youth Programs:
- Provide all the FFA Handbooks for Greenhands (freshmen)
- High School and College Ag Student Scholarships
- Sponsorship for 4-H: Training, Crops and Livestock Judging, County Fairs,Awards
- Award Sponsorship for Youth Livestock Shows
- FFA District Leadership and State Convention Sponsor and Alumni Fundraising Events
- College Agriculture Organizations: Sponsor of Education Events and Competitions
- Young Beginning Farmer Workshops – Producer Education
- Club Credit loans for 4-H and FFA projects
Farm Credit Gives Back
For over 100 years Farm Credit has supported agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services which also helps strengthen the rural communities where our members work and live. In addition, we offer rural community grants, annual food bank donations, and on-going financial and volunteer support for our local 4-H and FFA programs. Our staff and directors conduct an annual holiday charity fundraiser and provide numerous contributions to local communities for volunteer causes, youth programs and local campaigns. Employees are given a paid day off each year to volunteer at a non-profit of their choice. We are proud to Give Back to the rural communities where many of us grew up and continue live in.
FCS AgriBusiness Center
The Farm Credit Services of Mandan’s AgriBusiness Center (ABC) was built in 1998 with the purpose of providing a convenient location for producer, agribusiness and employee on-going education. Workshops range from marketing to crop insurance to ag careers and succession planning; some taught by our trained staff or we hire professional speakers from across the country.
The training center is also available to outside ag groups for meetings. The center is available during business hours and is free of charge to ag organizations. Coffee and water are provided with the option for your group to cater in meals, snacks and refreshments.
Please contact Jill Gunderson at (701) 751-4045 in Mandan if your group wants to schedule a meeting.
Farm Credit Services of Mandan (FCSM) and its eight branch offices are organizing a 5K run, trail hike or pasture walk challenge. “The goal is to support our local food banks by participating in a healthy rural activity,” said Aaron Vetter, CEO for Farm Credit Services of Mandan. A 100% of all entry fees will be donated to the area food bank of the registrant’s choice. “The 5K is being held...
Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) is designed to insure against declining market prices. Producers may select from a variety of coverage levels and periods of insurance that correspond with the time their market weight livestock would be sold. Producers can choose contract length (varying from 13 to 52 weeks), weight, coverage level, and number of livestock they want to insure. LRP is available...