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Farm Credit East’s GenerationNext Seeks Young Ag Leaders Looking to Develop Management Skills

A successful manager is required to master many aspects of the farm business. To help the next generation develop the necessary business and financial skills, Farm Credit East is looking for young leaders interested in attending upcoming GenerationNext seminars. These seminars, focused on furthering management and business knowledge, will begin in November.

Farm Credit East’s GenerationNext helps young leaders identify areas for personal growth and development, improve business management skills and network with other young industry leaders. It is optimal for producers, ages 20 to 35, who will be the next generation operators of a farm business. Whether just entering into a management role or an experienced manager, participants will gain valuable insights from Farm Credit East farm business consultants and from their GenerationNext colleagues.

“A key take-away of many participants is effective communication with the current generation,” said David Rifenburgh, Farm Credit East farm business advisor. “GenerationNext helps to develop a balance of respect for the accomplishments of the older generation and trust in the ability of the next generation to take over the business.”

While each session is customized for the participants attending, the program is typically offered in a three part series, with one month between each session. The first class covers leadership and employee management. The second session focuses on understanding financial records, including budgets, inventory and investments, to develop and achieve goals. The final session’s focus is based on the group’s interests. Past topics have included customer service, marketing and risk management.

Each seminar includes group discussion tailored to the skills and needs of the class, idea sharing and networking opportunities. In addition, participants receive a self-paced, computer-based course and a take-home portfolio with handouts and worksheets that support the topics covered by the program.

GenerationNext seminars typically begin in November and run through January. Farm Credit East currently seeks interest of young leaders to attend upcoming seminars. Session locations will depend on interest. Click here for more information or contact your local Farm Credit East office.


For more information:
Contact: Kristie Schmitt
Telephone: 860.741.4380