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Registration opens for Mizzou ag lenders school

Registration is open for the University of Missouri Agricultural Lenders School for early career agricultural lenders. The school runs June 3-7 on the MU campus.


The Agricultural Lenders School provides in-depth training in agricultural finance for lenders seeking to make good loan decisions in today’s marketplace, says Ryan Milhollin, an MU Extension agricultural economist.



Sessions use practical examples to demonstrate concepts focused on issues critical to successful agricultural lending. Speakers use a balance of presentations, exercises and case studies to provide a quality learning experience, Milhollin says.


Topics include:

• Introduction to agricultural financial statements.

• Keys to agricultural credit analysis.

• Financial benchmarks and comparative data.

• Communicating with farmer clients.

• Practical servicing issues specific to agriculture.

• Emerging issues in agricultural finance.

• Legal review and lien documentation.

• Managing agricultural risks.

• Completing the agricultural loan.

• Farm Service Agency programs and perspectives.


Since 2000, the school has successfully trained more than 500 agricultural lenders from a variety of states and lending institutions, Milhollin says. The $1,250 registration fee covers program materials, lunches and the evening social event. Class size is limited. Milhollin recommends early registration.


Registration deadline is May 3. For more information and registration, go to in new window), or contact the MU Conference Office at in new window) or 573-882-4349.


MU Extension, Missouri Independent Bankers Association and FCS Financial sponsor the event.



University of Missouri, by Linda Geist




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