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A Letter From the CEO

Making Tomorrow Better Than Today

We have a motto at Alabama Ag Credit that simply says “make tomorrow better than today.” Notice that the motto does not state whose tomorrow we should make better. It’s not intended to. Rather, the motto applies to all of our team members and to every decision we make. It doesn’t matter if we are dealing with our internal operations or with our external stakeholders. Our decisions must be made with a future vision in mind so we achieve the best possible outcomes not only for today, but for tomorrow, too.

Our team does this in many ways every day, but here is one key area we focus upon — the next generation of farmers. As today’s farmers and ranchers retire from production agriculture, America will need new producers to replenish the industry. For decades, the number of farmers has been going down, while the average age has been going up, suggesting that many will retire in the near future.

I recently attended a conference with Farm Credit board members and chief executive officers from institutions all across the country. At that conference, several speakers directly challenged us by stating that our customers of the future will be very different from today. Some speakers had conducted surveys with young people who acknowledged they won’t farm the way their parents or grandparents did. The pace of change in technology and consumer demands will drive us in directions yet to be seen. But, if we are to remain relevant, we must position ourselves to adapt to that change.

At Alabama Ag Credit, we are committed to adapting to our customers and supporting the next generation that will drive agriculture. A critical component of our mission is assisting young, beginning and small (YBS) farmers, whether they are focused on conventional or emerging business models. We make loans of all sizes, to producers of all ages and experience levels.

We applaud the next generation of farmers, ranchers and young people pursuing careers in agriculture. Through Alabama Ag Credit, they can count on access to the dependable credit and financial services needed to succeed. We can all play a role in making tomorrow better than today for everyone around us, and at Alabama Ag Credit, it is more than a motto — it is what we do every day.

Douglas Thiessen
Chief Executive Officer

A Letter From the CEO

Making Tomorrow Better Than Today

We have a motto at Alabama Ag Credit that simply says “make tomorrow better than today.” Notice that the motto does not state whose tomorrow we should make better. It’s not intended to. Rather, the motto applies to all of our team members and to every decision we make. It doesn’t matter if we are dealing with our internal operations or with our external stakeholders. Our decisions must be made with a future vision in mind so we achieve the best possible outcomes not only for today, but for tomorrow, too.

Our team does this in many ways every day, but here is one key area we focus upon — the next generation of farmers. As today’s farmers and ranchers retire from production agriculture, America will need new producers to replenish the industry. For decades, the number of farmers has been going down, while the average age has been going up, suggesting that many will retire in the near future.

I recently attended a conference with Farm Credit board members and chief executive officers from institutions all across the country. At that conference, several speakers directly challenged us by stating that our customers of the future will be very different from today. Some speakers had conducted surveys with young people who acknowledged they won’t farm the way their parents or grandparents did. The pace of change in technology and consumer demands will drive us in directions yet to be seen. But, if we are to remain relevant, we must position ourselves to adapt to that change.

At Alabama Ag Credit, we are committed to adapting to our customers and supporting the next generation that will drive agriculture. A critical component of our mission is assisting young, beginning and small (YBS) farmers, whether they are focused on conventional or emerging business models. We make loans of all sizes, to producers of all ages and experience levels.

We applaud the next generation of farmers, ranchers and young people pursuing careers in agriculture. Through Alabama Ag Credit, they can count on access to the dependable credit and financial services needed to succeed. We can all play a role in making tomorrow better than today for everyone around us, and at Alabama Ag Credit, it is more than a motto — it is what we do every day.

Douglas Thiessen
Chief Executive Officer