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Farm Credit Knowledge Center to Host Leadership Summit for Young and Beginning Farmers

The Farm Credit Knowledge Center will host its annual Launching Leaders Summit at The Outpost and Event Center in Buckhannon, W. Va. on October 12, 2023. The summit will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The free event is geared toward young and beginning farmers and will cover topics in community leadership, business planning and more.

The Launching Leaders Summit is a free, leadership development experience offered by the Farm Credit Knowledge Center for young and beginning farmers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and engage with Gary Matteson, Senior Vice President, Beginning Farmer Programs and Outreach at the Farm Credit Council, based out of Washington, D.C.. Matteson plans to address topics in business planning, leadership and policy. He specializes in making rigid business concepts more approachable and applicable to young and beginning farmers.

Additionally, participants will learn from representatives of Patriot Guardens, a program of the West Virginia Military Authority, based in Charleston, W. Va.. Patriot Guardens provides non-formal agricultural education and hands-on learning opportunities to veterans, active duty members of the military and their families. This grant-funded program provides assistance and support to all levels of agriculturalists, from backyard hobbyists and start-up business owners to the seasoned professional farmer.

The Farm Credit Knowledge Center is excited to offer another tailored program supporting small and beginning farmers interested in advancing their business and leadership skills in their local communities. Registration can be made by visiting or by emailing the Knowledge Center at RSVP by October 3, 2023 to save your seat! 

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $2 billion in financing to nearly 12,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for over 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit

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