Farm Credit announces centennial events |

Farm Credit announces centennial events

The Farm Credit System, which is celebrating its centennial this week, will hold congressional panel discussions on issues in rural America that will be open to the public and will livestream a luncheon address that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will give to Farm Credit leaders.

Today, a panel moderated by CoBank President Mary McBride will discuss rural infrastructure issues, including credit, in a session from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Room 2168 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The panel discussion is being presented in collaboration with Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Agriculture Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the Farm Credit System. The panel will address the needs of rural communities and agriculture for clean water, efficient energy, sufficient healthcare facilities and modern telecommunications services.

On Thursday, a panel will discuss the future of agriculture in a session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

That panel will be hosted by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and will feature a discussion among young and beginning farmers who will discuss services, opportunities and programs that help their businesses, and provide a general outlook for young and beginning producers. The moderator will be Peyton Fair from Farm Credit, Mid America.

Also on Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will speak at a luncheon celebrating the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees and present a presidential message recognizing the Farm Credit centennial.

The luncheon, which begins at 12:30 p.m., is by invitation only but the event will be livestreamed at

–The Hagstrom Report