Patronage Dividends

Farm Credit East is a financial cooperative owned by the customers we serve. That means along with a share of voice, our customer-owners get a share of our earnings in the form of a direct payment called patronage.

Patronage Stats

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Paid in 2024
For the full year 2023, customer-owners received $130 million in patronage dividends. This included a $120 million planned patronage along with a one-time $10 million special patronage resulting from the Association’s strong financial results which exceeded financial targets. This patronage was paid to customers in February 2024 based on 2023 earnings.
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Of average eligible loan volume
In 2022, customer-owners received a 1.25% reduction in their effective interest rate as a result of this patronage distribution.
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Paid since inception
Since the patronage program began, Farm Credit East (and its predecessor cooperatives) have paid $1.4 billion in cash dividends to our customer-owners.
From the Board Chair

"The board of directors is committed to maintaining a cooperative that combines in-depth expertise with financial strength to be a long-term partner to our members. The board’s philosophy is that funds not needed to operate or capitalize the business should be returned to members, and given the Association’s success in 2023, the board was pleased to approve a special patronage to members.”

– John Knopf, Farm Credit East Board Chair
From the CEO

"Paying patronage dividends is an essential component of our cooperative’s value proposition. Strong growth in our business, coupled with continued investments in strategic technologies and partnerships, enabled us to achieve strong financial results in 2023. We are very pleased to share our cooperative’s success with our members through this year’s patronage dividends."

– Mike Reynolds, Farm Credit East CEO

Patronage Dividends FAQs

Our earnings are either returned in the form of patronage dividends or retained on our balance sheet to help us continue serving agriculture through all its ups and downs. Paid entirely in cash, patronage payments are equivalent to a percentage of the interest Farm Credit East customers paid that year.

Patronage dividend payments are taxable. We encourage recipients to consult with their tax advisors about their specific situations.

The Farm Credit East Board will evaluate a variety of business factors, including earnings, growth and economic conditions to determine the appropriate amount of patronage dividends each year.

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