Donovan Lynn Solbreken Joins Agricultural Professional Group

Denver, CO – December 17, 2014 – Donovan Lynn Solbreken with United FCS in Willmar, MN has joined a network of approximately 2,000 agricultural professionals who are members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). Solbreken joins the Society as an Associate member. Associate members are those who desire to become Professional or Accredited members, but do not meet the requirements. Associate members do provide management and/or appraisal services on rural property belonging to others for a fee or salary.

Solbreken, a rural appraiser, is now affiliated with the largest and oldest association that represents a professionally trained group who is capable of providing expert guidance and assistance to people who own and/or operate agricultural lands and rural resource properties.

The ASFMRA includes distinctive membership levels that necessitate educational standards, ethical requirements, field experience, thorough testing, and continuing education. By joining this organization, clients, associates and other individuals in the industry can more easily recognize Solbreken’s personal investment in his career and a dedication to maintaining an exceptional degree of knowledge and skill.

Rural Appraisers specialize in the complex process of providing an accurate estimate for the value of rural resource properties. Appraisers take all the factors that affect a particular piece of property into consideration and prepare a custom report which provides the necessary information that landowners need to make sound selling and purchasing decisions. In addition, an Accredited Rural appraiser is connected to a national network of professional resource information.

The ASFMRA, founded in 1929, is the nation’s pioneer organization in rural property issues and education. It’s focus is to create and maintain a professionally trained group of Accredited Farm Managers (AFM), Accredited Agricultural Consultants (AAC) who are capable of providing expert guidance and assistance to people who own and/or operate agricultural lands and rural resource properties.

Adam Ulbricht joins UNITED FCS

Contact:  Lynda Hauge, HR Director
United FCS
(320) 214-5007
 
adam-uDecember 18, 2014 – Adam Ulbricht recently joined United FCS as Communications Specialist in the Willmar Corporate Office. He will produce a wide range of advertising, communications and promotional materials for corporate and retail audiences. Adam will also help by crafting messaging strategies to better reach the customers we serve.

Ulbricht graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications and a Masters in Public Relations. His work experience includes radio broadcasting, editorial writing and working as a journalist in the Washington, D.C. area. He is originally from Melrose, Minn.

United FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Serving over 6,000 customer-members and with over $1.7 Billion of assets, United FCS has a primary focus in a 22-county service area in West Central Minnesota and North Central Wisconsin providing loans, leases and a wide array of financial services through twelve branch office locations and 194 employees.

Amber Jaenisch and Rhonda Fangmeier join UNITED FCS

Contact:  Lynda Hauge, HR Director
United FCS
(320) 214-500

rhonda-f amber-December 18, 2014 – Amber Jaenisch and Rhonda Fangmeier recently joined United FCS as Customer Service Representatives (CSR’s) in the Willmar Office. As CSR’s, they will provide first-contact customer service to customers, along with providing administrative support to all members of the retail delivery team.

Jaenisch earned an Administrative Assistant Diploma from Ridgewater College in Willmar. She has many years of accounting and customer service experience. Amber and her family farm near Maynard.
Fangmeier has a General Clerk Degree of Occupational Proficiency from Ridgewater Technical College. She has experience in the agricultural industry providing customer service and accounting support. Her previous experience also includes lending. Rhonda and her family reside in Paynesville.

United FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Serving over 6,000 customer-members and with over $1.7 Billion of assets, United FCS has a primary focus in a 22-county service area in West Central Minnesota and North Central Wisconsin providing loans, leases and a wide array of financial services through twelve branch office locations and 194 employees.

Joan Machon joins UNITED FCS

Contact:  Lynda Hauge, HR Director
United FCS
(320) 214-5007
 

joan-mDecember 18, 2014 – Joan Machon recently joined United FCS as a Tax Specialist in the Medford Office. As a tax assistant, she will provide clerical support to the tax team including front line customer service.
Machon’s work experience includes office management and customer service. A Medford, Wis. native, she has recently relocated back to the area.

United FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Serving over 6,000 customer-members and with over $1.7 Billion of assets, United FCS has a primary focus in a 22-county service area in West Central Minnesota and North Central Wisconsin providing loans, leases and a wide array of financial services through twelve branch office locations and 194 employees.

Eric Vandendriessche joins UNITED FCS

eric-vContact:  Lynda Hauge, HR Director
United FCS
(320) 214-5007 

December 18, 2014 – Eric Vandendriessche recently joined United FCS as a Tax Specialist in the Marshall Office. As a tax specialist, he will provide accounting services work for customers; including tax planning, tax preparation, farm records, and consulting.

Vandendriessche graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Finance. Other professional achievements include passing all four CPA exams necessary for a CPA designation. During the past three tax seasons, Eric has been an intern with AgCountry, another Farm Credit association. In addition, he farms with his family near Marshall.

United FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Serving over 6,000 customer-members and with over $1.7 Billion of assets, United FCS has a primary focus in a 22-county service area in West Central Minnesota and North Central Wisconsin providing loans, leases and a wide array of financial services through twelve branch office locations and 194 employees.

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Farm Credit donates $25,000 to food hub project

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Contact: Adam Ulbricht
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foodhub_smWillmar, Minn., Nov. 11, 2014 – In an effort to help connect local food producers with consumers, two Farm Credit organizations – United FCS and AgriBank – donated $25,000 to a new food hub that will be opening its doors in Willmar.

“As a farmer-owned cooperative, United FCS measures the achievement of our mission through the contributions we make to the long-term financial success of our members and rural communities we serve,” said Marc Knisely, CEO of United FCS. “By supporting infrastructure development for local food systems we are demonstrating our commitment to serve all aspects of agriculture, providing a direct economic benefit to local farm families and rural communities while enhancing locally produced food options for consumers.”

Plans for the project would see five tenants operating out of The HUB, located in the historic 313 building in downtown Willmar. This includes a USDA kitchen where local farmers can preserve food and prepare it for area consumers using the latest technology. Three greenhouses will further support local farmers and consumers, allowing for a year-long growing season to improve the availability of fresh produce. Other new businesses housed in The HUB include a restaurant and craft brewhouse.

“We wish a hearty thank you to United FCS and AgriBank for the donation to the Historic 313 Fourth Street project,” said Beverly Dougherty, project coordinator of the Willmar Downtown Development. “The funds will help us realize our complex project involving local foods, processing to save our summer harvest to be used in the winter, and providing a larger market for locally grown foods.  It will help us create a micro-economy in this region.”

“Support for local, small farmers is an investment in the next generation of agriculture,” said Bill York, AgriBank’s CEO. “Among the many challenges facing farmers with small operations is the need to wash, store and prepare their harvest in a USDA approved facility. The food hub meets those needs while creating benefits for the entire community.”

A minimum of 25 jobs are expected to be created by this project. The Foxhole Brewhouse will be the first to open to customers in early 2015.

About United FCS:
United FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Serving over 6,000 customer-members and with over $1.7 billion of assets, United FCS has a primary focus in a 22-county service area in West Central Minnesota and North Central Wisconsin providing loans, leases and a wide array of financial services through 12 branch office locations and 185 employees. For additional information on United FCS, visit www.unitedfcs.com.

About AgriBank:
AgriBank is one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, with more than $90 billion in total assets. Under the Farm Credit System’s cooperative structure, AgriBank is owned by 17 affiliated Farm Credit Associations. The AgriBank District covers America’s Midwest, a 15-state area stretching from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. More than half of the nation’s cropland is located within the AgriBank District, providing the Bank and its Association owners with exceptional expertise in production agriculture. For more information, visit www.AgriBank.com.

American Farmer Program Featuring AgriBank, Farm Credit Associations to Debut Oct. 28 on RFD-TV

Program explores risks and opportunities facing agricultural producers

American-Farmer-Flyer_smSt. Paul, Minn., Oct. 21, 2014─ An episode of American Farmer featuring AgriBank and several of its affiliated Farm Credit Associations will debut at 7:30 a.m. Central time on Oct. 28 on RFD-TV.

This episode of American Farmer will highlight key challenges and opportunities in today’s agricultural marketplace as well as educate audiences on the cost-effective and innovative financial products and services Farm Credit provides to farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses to help them manage risk and succeed financially.

AgriBank is the funding bank for 17 retail Farm Credit Associations that lend to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout 15 Midwestern states. Five of those Associations—AgStar Financial Services, FCS Financial, Farm Credit Services of Mandan, GreenStone Farm Credit Services and United FCS—collaborated with AgriBank on the program.

The program will be rebroadcast at 7:30 a.m. Central time Nov. 18 on RFD-TV and future dates to be announced on RFD-TV, RURAL-TV and FamilyNet. The program is also posted on YouTube.

“We encourage farmers, ranchers and others to watch the program and learn about the solutions Farm Credit offers to help them succeed in the increasingly volatile global economy,” says Bill York, CEO, AgriBank. “Together with our affiliated Farm Credit Associations, we’re thrilled with this opportunity to participate in the American Farmer series and share 100 years of Farm Credit expertise with rural America.”

About AgriBank
AgriBank is one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, with more than $85 billion in total assets. Under the Farm Credit System’s cooperative structure, AgriBank is owned by 17 affiliated Farm Credit Associations. The AgriBank District covers America’s Midwest, a 15-state area stretching from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. More than half of the nation’s cropland is located within the AgriBank District, providing the Bank and its Association owners with exceptional expertise in production agriculture. For more information, visit www.AgriBank.com.

About American Farmer
American Farmer is a breakthrough program on a mission to showcase the latest advancements in agriculture and farming. From seed to harvest, livestock and more, our producers have traveled the country covering the people, places and issues impacting all areas of farm country. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30am ET on RFD-TV as well as Tuesdays at 12:30pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm ET on FamilyNet. For more information, contact Ryann Watkin, Producer for American Farmer, at (866) 496-4065 x 813 or visit www.AmericanFarmerTV.com.