About Us - AgCountry Gives Back
AgCountry FCS sponsors many worthy programs in our service area and the rest of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
In 2018, AgCountry Farm Credit Services donated more than $820,000 to various causes:
The Next Generation
The future of American agriculture depends on the success of the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and ag leaders. Because of their importance, we support organizations that focus on youth education and leadership. These groups and initiatives include: 4-H, FFA, Ag in the Classroom, Student NAMA and other local leadership programs.
AgCountry provides 36 scholarships each year to graduating high-school seniors who are from farming families or who are pursuing a career in agriculture. Scholarships are also given to students in the Fellows Program at NDSU and for Young Beginning Farmers (YBF) for ag education training.
Young & beginning farmers face a number of unique challenges, so AgCountry provides them support in a number of ways. In addition to our special programs, scholarships are available to young and beginning farmers for appropriate farm/business management classes and other educational opportunities.
Grain Bin Rescue Program
In 2018 AgCountry continued its Grain Bin Rescue Program to help support rural communities and promote farm safety. Through the program we donate grain bin rescue units and provide training for area fire departments. The units are designed to be used specifically for grain bin entrapments.
Supporting Commodities and Agriculture Groups
Being involved in agriculture, it’s important that we support our peers. AgCountry is proud to support the commodity groups in our association territory along with groups such as the Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Farm Rescue, AgriWomen and many Extension and Farm Safety programs. We also support numerous Ag Advocacy groups such as Common Ground, AgriGrowth Council and the Speak for Yourself Program.
Hunger Related Causes
As an ag cooperative, it makes sense for us to focus a portion of our giving on hunger-related causes. Through our network of local offices, AgCountry makes annual donations to local hunger-related organizations and food shelves in our communities. In 2018 hunger donations were distributed to more than 85 organizations throughout our 65 county territory.
Community involvement is an important way for us to further our mission of supporting the communities where we live and work. AgCountry donates to a variety of local causes. Several offices contribute to local United Way chapters via payroll deduction, which qualifies for a company match.
Through AgCountry’s ‘Give Back’ volunteer program, employees are allowed a set number of paid hours each year to spend volunteering for causes near and dear to them. We consider our employees to be the backbone of everything we do, and we’re proud to be able to let them share their many talents in their communities.
Agriculture Universities and Colleges
We have a rich history of helping support colleges and universities that provide valuable agricultural education to students. This includes funding projects that grant students access to cutting edge technology and facility space that fosters academic growth.
Giving & Growing
In 2018, AgCountry launched the Giving & Growing program. This new venture allowed each AgCountry employee to contribute $300 to a cause of their choosing. More than $130,000 was given out to nearly 300 causes and organizations in 2018 through the program.