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Millry, Ala. Residents Meet with USDA & Members of Congress

Montgomery, AL – Chris & Christie Irons of Millry, Ala., recently saw firsthand how Farm Credit’s cooperative structure and unique funding mechanism enable it to help rural communities and agriculture thrive. The Irons, borrower-stockholders of Alabama Ag Credit since 2014, were among 14 agricultural producers who attended the 2018 Farm Credit Young Leaders Program in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The 13th annual program included visits to the BNY Mellon brokerage firm and the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. There the group learned how the sale of highly rated Farm Credit notes and bonds to investors provides a steady stream of funding that local lending cooperatives put to work in rural communities. Nationwide, Farm Credit provides more than $259 billion in financing to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, agribusinesses and other eligible borrowers.

The group also traveled to the nation’s capital to at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as met with members of Congress and congressional staff on Capitol Hill. The five-day program also included a visit to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s innovative farming and milling operation.

Chris owns a forestry and wildlife consulting company in southwestern Alabama. A registered forester, associate wildlife biologist, prescribed burn manager and licensed real estate agent, he also is a partner in a company that manages 38,000 acres and provides consulting services for private landowners. Christie is a professional taxidermist, and owned a taxidermy and deer-processing business in Thomasville, Ala. Chris and Christie have 2 daughters, ages 20 and 15.

Millry, Ala. Residents Meet with USDA & Members of Congress

Montgomery, AL – Chris & Christie Irons of Millry, Ala., recently saw firsthand how Farm Credit’s cooperative structure and unique funding mechanism enable it to help rural communities and agriculture thrive. The Irons, borrower-stockholders of Alabama Ag Credit since 2014, were among 14 agricultural producers who attended the 2018 Farm Credit Young Leaders Program in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The 13th annual program included visits to the BNY Mellon brokerage firm and the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. There the group learned how the sale of highly rated Farm Credit notes and bonds to investors provides a steady stream of funding that local lending cooperatives put to work in rural communities. Nationwide, Farm Credit provides more than $259 billion in financing to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, agribusinesses and other eligible borrowers.

The group also traveled to the nation’s capital to at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as met with members of Congress and congressional staff on Capitol Hill. The five-day program also included a visit to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s innovative farming and milling operation.

Chris owns a forestry and wildlife consulting company in southwestern Alabama. A registered forester, associate wildlife biologist, prescribed burn manager and licensed real estate agent, he also is a partner in a company that manages 38,000 acres and provides consulting services for private landowners. Christie is a professional taxidermist, and owned a taxidermy and deer-processing business in Thomasville, Ala. Chris and Christie have 2 daughters, ages 20 and 15.