AgStar to Host GroundBreakers Conference Feb 6 and 7

Mankato, Minn., (Feb. 3, 2015) – AgStar Financial Services is hosting a two-day educational event for young, beginning and small farmers, offering them an opportunity to hear the latest on industry news and trends from AgStar and industry experts. AgStar is proud to hold the seventh annual conference, providing educational and networking opportunities for farmers that are just starting out or have small operations.

The conference is set to begin Friday, Feb. 6 in Bloomington, Minn. and includes a variety of sessions ranging from industry updates to national issues impacting agriculture.

Kicking off the seminar, AgStar’s President and CEO, Rod Hebrink, is slated to welcome attendees. Breakout sessions feature updates on the beef, grain, swine, dairy and ethanol industries. Danny Klinefelter from Texas A&M University is slated to present on the management characteristics of successful agriculture CEOs. In addition, the conference features a panel discussion with agriculture advocates on their efforts including remarks from Ryan Veldhuizen who was featured in the Farmland documentary film.

GroundBreakers was created to provide young, beginning and small farmers ongoing access to credit, related financial services and outreach programs. This conference is offered free of charge to AgStar clients thanks to a generous grant from the AgStar Fund for Rural America.

About AgStar’s GroundBreakers Program:
AgStar’s GroundBreakers program serves more than 7,000 young, beginning or small farmers. The program provides ongoing access to credit, related services and outreach programs to qualified individuals. AgStar recognizes the following classifications for the purpose of the program: young—age 35 or younger, beginning—10 years or less farming experience and small—generating less than $250,000 in annual gross sales. Additionally, the program provides tuition assistance to producers enrolled in state Farm Business Management programs. For more information on AgStar’s GroundBreakers program, visit

About AgStar:
AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 14,000 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit for more information.

Contact: Krystal Ohlhaber

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