For the past 28 years, Farm Credit East has returned a share of its earnings to customers in the form of patronage dividends – a benefit of cooperative ownership. In fact, since the patronage program was first adopted, customer-owners of Farm Credit East (and predecessor cooperatives) have received more than $1.4 billion in dividends from ownership of their cooperative. But what exactly is a patronage dividend?
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FarmStart, a partnership between Farm Credit East and CoBank, supports individuals looking to launch businesses in farming, fishing and forestry in the Northeastern U.S. This mission-related investment program helps Young, Beginning and Small farmers overcome some of their challenges and barriers to entry.
April 18, 2023