Ag Lenders School helps farmers, too

By Tom Lollis

money with peanuts, soybeans and other crops; photo by tom lollisFor 25 years the annual Southeastern Agricultural Lenders School hosted by Clemson has helped farmers in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast find reliable access to credit.

“This program educates lenders on the agricultural economy, which helps them make good loan decisions, and that helps all farmers have better access to credit at a lower interest rate,” said Johnny Jordan, executive director of the school.

“Bad loans cost everyone and increase interest rates. A bad loan could also put the farmer out of business,” he said. More than 600 lenders have attended the Lenders School since its inception.

This year’s program included more than 30 hours of instruction on management evaluation, the 2008 Farm Bill and economic outlook, trends in ag lending and real estate investments, and credit analysis tools.

For information: Scott Mickey, 803-775-4580,