Georgia Farm Credit Associations Offer Free Financial Training to Young, Beginning and Small (YBS) Farmers

STATESBORO, GA (February 21, 2018): Christy Smith, Director of Marketing at AgSouth Farm Credit and co-creator of AGAware®, announced that AgSouth has partnered with AgGeorgia Farm Credit to bring the AGAware program YBS farmers in Georgia this summer through a series of workshops aimed at educating them in the many aspects of running a successful agricultural operation.

According to Smith, the national award-winning AGAware program was created "to help ensure that future farmers will be prepared and strong financially so they may continue doing what it is they love." She continued by saying that, "It’s been Farm Credit’s mission for more than one hundred years to serve farmers and rural America. One of the ways of making sure there are farmers to serve is by educating the next generation of farmers and by helping bring awareness of what farmers actually do to put food on the tables to the public. We do that through community awareness events as another part of the AGAware program."

Young farmers are defined as those 35 years of age or younger; beginning farmers are defined as those having 10 years or less of experience; and small farmers are defined as those having annual gross agricultural sales of $250,000 or less. Since the AGAware® program was established in 2013, more than 800 farmers in Georgia and South Carolina have taken the classes and graduated from the program.

Topics of the program include: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Family Finance & Family Budgeting, Risk Management, Accrual Income, Applying for Financing, Preparing a Business Plan, Technology & Record Keeping, Marketing Assistance Available through the Department of Agriculture, FSA/SBA and Other Programs. Applications for scholarships for future education through Farm Credit University will be available to graduates of these workshops as well. AGAware is also certified for FSA Direct Borrower Training Credit.

The training is open to anyone who wishes to develop a better understanding of how to run a successful agricultural operation.

All classes will be from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and a free lunch will be provided. Georgia Workshops will be held at the following locations:

Friday, July 20 – Jackson EMC Community Room, 85 Spratlin Mill Rd., Hull, Ga.

Friday, August 10 – Thornton Recreation Center, 102 North Floyd Park Rd., Rome, Ga.

Friday, August 24 – Blueberry Plantation Inn, 174 Plantation Dr., Alma, Ga.

To register online for the Alma event, visit AgSouth’s website. To register online for the Hull or Rome event, visit Ag Georgia’s website>

For more information about AGAware, contact Christy Smith at or 912-764-9091.