COLUMBIA, Mo. – Agricultural lenders are invited to register for the University of Missouri Agricultural Lenders School, June 3-6 in Columbia

Tailored to early-career lenders and those new to agricultural loan responsibilities, the school offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance participants’ agricultural finance acumen, said MU Extension agricultural economist Ryan Milhollin.

“Every year, the Agricultural Lenders School offers in-depth agricultural finance training for lenders through presentations, case studies and hands-on exercises,” Milhollin said. “Our goal is to help prepare lenders to make good loan decisions in today’s marketplace.”

Milhollin said attendees will receive instruction on a host of concepts and issues in agricultural finance. Topics include:

  • Introduction to agricultural financial statements.
  • Keys to agricultural credit analysis.
  • Financial benchmarks and comparative data.
  • Communication with farmer clients.
  • Agriculture-specific practical servicing issues.
  • Emerging issues in agricultural finance.
  • Legal review and lien documentation.
  • Managing agricultural risks.
  • Completing the agricultural loan.
  • USDA Farm Service Agency programs.

MU Extension agricultural economist Ben Brown will present “You and the Federal Ag Safety Net” about MU resources, federal programs, the farm bill and more.

Linda Sowers, ag economics instructor with the MU Division of Applied Social Sciences, will focus on “Marketing Yourself as a Lender.”

The school’s lead instructor is Freddie Barnard, Purdue University professor emeritus of agricultural economics and a pioneer in the development of Farm Financial Standards. Other speakers include lending professionals, industry experts and MU faculty members.

Milhollin said that since 2000, the Agricultural Lenders School has helped more than 700 lenders from institutions across the United States hone their skills and better prepare to serve agricultural clients.

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Space is limited, and individuals are encouraged to register before May 13. For registration assistance, contact the MU Conference Office at or 573-882-8320.

MU Extension, FCS Financial, Missouri Bankers Association and the Missouri Independent Bankers Association proudly sponsor the Agricultural Lenders School.