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The National Forum on Serving Young, Beginning, and Small Farmers and Ranchers

In March 2022, FCA and Colorado State University (CSU) cosponsored the National Forum on Serving Young, Beginning, and Small Farmers and Ranchers.

The purpose of the forum was to bring together leaders from CSU, USDA, the Farm Service Agency, the Farm Credit System, and FCA; agricultural industry stakeholders; and YBS producers to discuss matters of importance to the YBS community.

Following are links to materials presented at the forum, as well as a link to a memo from Chairman Glen Smith to forum participants from the Farm Credit System. See panel below for videos of many of the forum presentations.

  • Wednesday, March 23

    (All events will be held in Colorado State University's Lory Student Center, Salon D. All times are MDT.)

    7:30 – 8 a.m. — Registration

    8 a.m. — Welcome to Colorado State University

    James Pritchett, Ph.D.
    Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, and Director, Agricultural Experiment Station

    National Anthem
    Colorado State University ROTC Joint Color Guard

    Opening Remarks
    Joyce E. McConnell
    President, Colorado State University

    The Honorable Glen R. Smith (video) (PDF)
    Chairman and CEO, Farm Credit Administration

    8:25 a.m. — Special Guest Remarks

    8:45 a.m. — Breaking Down Barriers Through Guaranteed Lending, followed by USDA panel (video)

    The Honorable Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator
    Farm Service Agency

    Steve Cleveland, Homestead Bank
    Krystl Knabe, Knabe Farms LLC
    Kyle Perry, Vice President, Customer Success, Farm Credit Services of America/Frontier Farm Credit

    10:15 – 10:30 a.m. — Break

    10:30 a.m. — Strategies for Inclusive YBS Outreach (video)

    Gary Matteson, Senior Vice President
    Beginning Farmer Programs and Outreach
    Farm Credit Council

    10:45 a.m. — Sharing YBS Best Practices, Tools, and Resources (click link above for video)

    Gary Matteson (Moderator)
    Jeana Hultquist, Vice President, Legislative Affairs, American AgCredit
    Chris Laughton, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Farm Credit East
    Phil Peabody, Exec. Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Capital Farm Credit
    Raechel Sattazahn, Knowledge Center Director, AgChoice Farm Credit

    1:30 2:15 p.m. — Infrastructure Investments and Public-Private Partnerships to Support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers 

    Kate Greenberg, Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture (Moderator)
    Kevin Jablonski, Board President, Poudre Valley Community Farms
    Bob Madsen, Vice President, Mission Financing, Compeer Financial
    Roberto Meza, East Denver Food Hub
    Roy Pfaltzgraff, PFZ Farms

    2:15 – 2:30 p.m. — Break

    2:30 – 3:15 p.m. — Succession Relationships for Young, Beginning, and Small Farmers (video)

    Martha Sullins, Colorado State University (Moderator)
    Becca Jablonski, Agricultural Economist, Colorado State University
    Abe Ott, The James Ranch
    Kathie Riley, PC, Attorney at Law

    3:15 4 p.m. Resiliency Through Beef Sustainability (click link above for video beginning at 42:15)

    Colin Woodall
    CEO, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

    Closing Remarks

Page updated: April 22, 2022