Webinar | Financing Agribusiness in the United States

Speakers: James Putnam, Stephen Weir, and Allyn Lamb, Farm Credit East, U.S.

When: June 11, 2013, 10:00 AM -11:30 AM EDT

Listen to this webinar to learn how Farm Credit East, one of the leading U.S. farm credit lenders serves a broad range of agricultural customers. The cooperative is part of the Farm Credit System, which collectively is the main provider of financing for American farmers. Comprised of 87 regional farmer-owned cooperatives, the Farm Credit System was modeled on the German "Landes Bank" model and has been focused on providing services to the agriculture sector for almost one hundred years. Our invited speakers, James Putnam, Executive Vice President and his colleagues, Stephen Weir, and Allyn Lamb gave an overview of Farm Credit East operations, and discussed their lending and risk management strategies and procedures in detail.

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About the Speakers:

James Putnam, Executive Vice President, Farm Credit East

James is a member of the senior management team with responsibility for financial services, marketing, communications, business planning and member relations. James is proud to be a 38-year Farm Credit veteran, having worked with virtually all of the Northeast's farm industries and cooperatives over the course of his career. James is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.S.) and Iowa State University (M.S.).

Stephen Weir, Vice President, Farm Credit East

Stephen is responsible for the organization's success in the New York metropolitan area serving agribusiness industries including horticulture, food/fiber manufacturing and processing, agri-tourism, production agriculture, commercial fishing and real estate. With 20 years of experience, Steve specializes in agri-business on the urban fringe and businesses in transition. Steve has a graduate degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.  

Allyn Lamb, former President and CEO, AgChoice Farm Credit

Allyn was the President and CEO of AgChoice Farm Credit  for over 14 years. Prior to that, he served for 28 years in various leadership roles with Farm Credit East’s predecessor organizations. Mr. Lamb also served for eight years in lending positions in commercial banking. Among other international work, he assisted the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture in his efforts to establish a new farm credit system. He is a graduate of Cornell University.



Farm Credit East is the leading lender to agriculture in the Northeast United States. Part of the National Farm Credit System, FCE is a farmer-owned cooperative. Farm Credit has been lending to farming, fishing, and forestry, in good times and bad, for nearly 100 years. It currently serves 12,000 customers in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island with $4 billion of loans and a diverse program of financial services that help farmers successfully manage their businesses. Stephen (Steve) Weir is Vice President for Farm Credit East, part of the $191 Billion national Farm Credit System. Learn More>>