Ag Census: Operators of Beginning Farms
September 29, 2014
Young and beginning farms are active participants the farming community today and will continue to shape the future of agriculture in the U.S. Read More >
A Harvest Dinner for Veterans
September 19, 2014
Itís a pretty simple idea: Put on a fall harvest dinner as a fundraiser to benefit farmer veteran training programs at Arcadia Center for Food and Sustainable Agriculture. Read More >
Ag Census: Looking at 'Junior Operators'
September 8, 2014
It is important to consider junior operators when looking at the future of agriculture because the junior operators of today will most likely be the head of the farm or principal operators of the next generation. Read More >
September 4, 2014
I spend a lot of time flying around the country, speaking at beginning farmer conferences and meeting new farmers. That means a lot of time spent dragging bits of baggage from airplane to hotel and back, resulting in many miles on the tiny wheels of my roll-aboard suitcase. Read More >
About Gary Matteson
Gary Matteson has more than 30 years of experience in farming, small business, and agriculture-related organizations. He leads the Farm Credit program serving young, beginning and small farmers and ranchers at the Farm Credit Council, the System's national trade organization. Mr. Matteson coordinates efforts within Farm Credit's nationwide network and among many national agricultural organizations to ensure that beginning farmers have opportunities for success. The Farm Credit System provides beginning farmers loan assistance, mentoring and business planning support. Mr. Matteson also helps Farm Credit build diversity in farming by encouraging agricultural operations that bring a focus to locally grown foods in or near urban areas. He has researched, designed curricula, and taught financial and business planning skills for more than ten years to thousands of beginning farmers in conferences, seminars, webinars, and college classrooms. Mr. Matteson specializes in making basic business concepts approachable and relevant to beginning farmers.