Farm Credit system holding up in down ag economy


By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield

August 9, 2019


The farm credit system seems to be holding up during the down ag economy.


Rod Hebrink is CEO of farm credit institution Compeer Financial.


“The farm credit system is doing very, very well. And I think there are a number of reasons for that. One, all of us have, or at least for those of us who were around through the 80’s still remember that period of time. I think it changed the lending industry in total.”


After the 80’s farm crisis, he tells Brownfield lenders went away from basing loans on assets and instead focused on cash-flow.


“And you come into this period of time (and) that (change) is serving the needs of our clients well also because they have less debt than they otherwise have had. Their debt has been structured appropriately...


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