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Growing Opportunity: Farm Finance Expo

Growing Opportunity: Farm Finance Expo

One-Stop Shopping for Ag Loans and Resources for Financing Your Farm or Ranch!
The event builds on the success of our popular Farm Finance Expos held around the state. It provides an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to:
  • Meet Local Ag Lenders and Explore Financing Options
  • Take steps to Build your Farm or Ranch Business Success
  • Manage Your Farm’s Finances (Instead of Your Finances Managing You)

The program will be available in English, Hmong and Spanish and will feature two workshop tracks to cater to beginning and experienced farm businesses. Panels and workshops will include lenders, farmers and trainers who will discuss agricultural loans; Farm financial planning; demystifying debt; scaling up with confidence; purchasing and selling, and offer interactive activities.

Don’t under-invest in the future of your farm or ranch! Learn about and compare options. Gain access to the best possible financing to support your success. This event will take place the day after the CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference in Fresno.









Growing Opportunity:
Farm Finance Expo Agenda
February 28, 2019

11:00 – 12:30 Expo Networking and Lunch (Veterans Hall)

12:30 – 1:30 Welcome and Lender Panel (Patriots Room A/B)
– Amy Davis, Farm Service Agency
– Kevin Layne, Farm Credit West
– Brett Melone, California FarmLink

1:35 – 3:00 Session 1

Track 1: Establishing Your Farm Business: Business Formation and Record Keeping the Right Way (Patriots Room A)
– Dwayne Cardoza, Dwayne A Cardoza Ranches, Inc.
– Gil Molina, California Association for Agricultural Labor
– Yery Olivares, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation

Track 2: Enterprise Analysis: Scaling Up with Confidence (Patriots Room B)
– Rich Mostert, Valley Community Small Business Development Center
– Vernon Peterson, Abundant Harvest Organics

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:30 Session 2

Track 1: Why Borrow? Getting Comfortable with Financing (Patriots Room A)
– Sue and Hansel Kern, Kern Family Farm & The Gnarly Carrot
– Catherine Van Dyke, California FarmLink

Track 2: Preparing for the Next Step: Purchasing or Selling Land or a Business (Patriots Room B)
– Amy Davis, Farm Service Agency
– Warren King, Food Commons Fresno
– Brett Melone, California FarmLink

4:35 – 5:00 Keynote Speech and Closing Remarks (Patriots Room A/B)
– Blong Lee, Feed the Hunger Foundation
– Reggie Knox, California FarmLink

5:00 – 6:00 Expo Networking (Veterans Hall)

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