Capital Farm Credit invests in the Borlaug Youth Ag program

Bryan, Texas, Oct. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capital Farm Credit recently partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas 4-H to support the Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program, a new youth development program urban and rural designed to expose Texas youth to agriculture and encourage collaborative partnerships between rural and urban audiences.

Aligning with the Association’s mission to nurture and support the future of agriculture and rural communities, the program was created to advance a community of young leaders to solve the challenges facing production world of food and fibre.

“The impact of advancing the next generation in agriculture is a critical task that we find invaluable,” said Jeff Norte, managing director of Capital Farm Credit. “People in agriculture have an important story to tell that impacts the world on a global level.”

Texas high school students accepted into the program will be supported by an extensive educational program to positively impact the trajectory of agriculture.

“When seeking potential partners for the Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture program, we needed those whose values ​​aligned with Texas 4-H Youth Livestock and Agriculture,” says Billy Zanolini, assistant professor of animal husbandry and Youth Agriculture and Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service. “I can think of no better partner to sponsor the ‘Planting Season’ portion of our program than Capital Farm Credit. The great people at Capital Farm Credit have been sowing the seeds for a better agricultural future for over 100 years.

“We are honored by Capital Farm Credit’s commitment to the next generation of leaders in Texas,” added Zanolini.

Serve, inspire and change

With Texas being home to 7 of the 15 fastest growing cities in the nation, students selected for the program will face issues ranging from food insecurity to environmental and political challenges. The program takes students through three sessions from November 2022 to May 2023. Professors from Texas A&M University will guide students through complex strategies to find solutions to global agricultural problems, while connecting them with lifelong skills and professional habits. The three phases of the program give young people the opportunity to collaborate throughout their senior year on some of the most complex problems in agriculture.

Sessions include:

Planting season – November 2022

Growing season – March 2023

Harvest Season – May 2023

Dr. Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and American agronomist, has been credited with saving more than a billion lives for his initiatives around the world to increase agricultural production despite environmental and economic. This program reflects Borlaug’s mission to improve leadership and find solutions for the advancement of agriculture to benefit generations.

“The Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program is an opportunity for young leaders from rural and urban settings to collaborate,” says Norte. “This program goes beyond traditional rural agriculture programs to include students from urban areas as well. The perspectives of young rural and urban leaders allow us to better solve the problems of the agricultural industry. »

“Capital Farm Credit is honored to support this venture and excited to see what these students will accomplish,” added Norte.

About Capital Crédit Agricole

For more than 100 years, Capital Farm Credit has supported rural communities and agriculture with reliable and consistent credit and financial services. Capital Farm Credit is a proud member of the Farm Credit System and serves over 23,000 members, with outstanding loans totaling over $11 billion. Based in Bryan, Texas, Capital Farm Credit has offices serving 192 of Texas’ 254 counties.

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