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US Farm Report live from Murray State University with Alan Hoskins, President and National Director of Sales, American Farm Mortgage, subsidiary of Legence Bank

US Farm Report live from Murray State University with Andrew Jackson of Producer’s Hedge LLC. and Alan Hoskins, President and National Director of Sales, American Farm Mortgage, subsidiary of Legence Bank.  Lots of discussion on markets and ag finance with a focus on wheat.

We invite you to listen to the full Round Table’s:

MURRAY STATE

American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Announces New Vice President of Ag Lending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2022
Contact: Tricia Overturf, American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, 618-841-7868
 
CLICK HERE to view the PDF version.
 
Louisville, KY-- American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Legence Bank is pleased to announce Matthew R. St. Ledger as the new Vice President of Ag Lending, effective January 31, 2022. Matthew R. St. Ledger – VP of Ag Lending Matt St. Ledger has been named Vice President of Ag Lending at American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services. St. Ledger has 22 years of experience in agriculture and banking, including time as loan underwriter, Senior Vice President working on ag and commercial loans, as well as Area Manager for Ag Resource Management, overseeing business development and helping customers with risk management for their crop production needs. Most recently, he was President and Co-Owner of Ag Capital Consulting, helping customers with crop insurance and financial solutions. “Matt St. Ledger will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team at American Farm Mortgage,” said Kevin Beckemeyer, the bank’s President and CEO. “His many years of experience in Agricultural lending and management will be a great benefit to our company as we continue to enhance resources for our customers and build our team.”
 
St. Ledger brings a tremendous amount of experience in sales, management, and underwriting, along with a deep understanding of logistical, managerial and operational dynamics crucial for today’s agricultural business. St. Ledger is a resident of Albion, IL and his community involvement includes: Edwards County Commissioner, Edwards County Farm Bureau, Southeastern Illinois Economic Development Authority Board Member, Edwards County Public Building Commission and the Edwards County EMS Board.
 
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his master’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana, along with numerous banking certifications throughout the past 22 years.
 
We are excited to have Matt St. Ledger join the American Farm Mortgage team. St. Ledger will be responsible for the overall management of agricultural lending. He will be implementing opportunities for growth to include; increased deposits and loans, new business relationships, and enhanced customer service. St. Ledger brings a deep understanding of agricultural and commercial lending, along with an extensive knowledge of the financial industry to help serve our customers. Beckemeyer said, “He is excited about Matt’s ability to collaborate and build relationships. His enthusiasm and passion for agriculture is infectious.”
 
American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services provides quality agricultural real estate loans and other related services to farmers and ranchers across the United States. AFMC specializes in Full Time Farm Loans and Farm Service Agency (FSA) Guaranteed Loans, and currently is one of the nation’s largest originators of FSA Guaranteed Loans with “Preferred Lender” status in over 30 states across the country. American Farm also is an approved seller and servicer of agricultural real estate loans for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac), and many others. Unlike traditional lending institutions, American Farm’s loan products and programs are strictly agricultural.
 
American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services is a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Legence Bank. Located in Louisville, KY, American Farm originates and services agricultural real estate loans nationwide. For more information, visit www.AmericanFarmMortgage.com.
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American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Appoints Brian Banet as President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2021
Contact: Tricia Overturf, American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, 618-841-7868
 
CLICK HERE to view the PDF version.
 
Louisville, KY-- American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Legence Bank is pleased to announce Banet as the new President., effective January 1, 2022.
 
Brian Banet – President, American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Brian Banet has been a part of the American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services team for 16 years. He has served the company in many roles, including; Controller, Vice President of Accounting, Vice President, and Executive Vice President. He is responsible for agent acquisition and relations, the daily operations, collections, all accounting functions, payroll, budgeting, strategic planning, and investor relations and payment remittance. “Brian Banet continues to be a tremendous asset to our leadership team at American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services,” said Kevin Beckemeyer, the Legence Bank’s President and CEO. “His many years of experience with AFMFS and management will be a great benefit to our company as we continue to enhance resources for our customers.”
 
Banet is a member of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served on various non-profit boards and served as President of the office condo association where AFMFS resides. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and then obtained his CPA license. Banet has a deep understanding of the AFMFS business model and has developed great relationships with our agents, along with an extensive knowledge of the financial industry to help serve our customers,” said Beckemeyer. “American Farm is known for meeting the farm land loans and needs of the agricultural community, and we are pleased to appoint Brian anet as our new President,” said Kevin Beckemeyer, President and CEO of Legence Bank.
 
American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services provides quality agricultural real estate loans and other related services to farmers and ranchers across the United States. AFMC specializes in Full Time Farm Loans and Farm Service Agency (FSA) Guaranteed Loans, and currently is one of the nation’s largest originators of FSA Guaranteed Loans with “Preferred Lender” status in over 30 states across the country. American Farm also is an approved seller and servicer of agricultural real estate loans for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac), Prudential Ag Investments and many others. Unlike traditional lending institutions, American Farm’s loan products and programs are strictly agricultural.
 
American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services is a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Legence Bank. Located in Louisville, KY, American Farm originates and services over $225 million dollars in agricultural real estate loans nationwide.

Alan Hoskins - AgWeb - Farming for ROI: Three Tips to Ensure Equipment Purchases Are an Investment Versus a Cost

2021 Photo Contest Winners

Photo Contest Winners

American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services received several entries from around the country. With many pictures to review, judges found it challenging to select the cover photo and each monthly photo for the 2021 Calendar portraying "Agricultural Through Your Lens". 

Grand Prize Cover Photo received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $250 Visa Gift Card

12 monthly prize winners received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $50 Visa Gift Card

2021 Calendar

The 2021 American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Calendar will be released in January 2021. We are excited to share photos depicting agriculture across the United States.

Each month of the calendar features one full size photograph portraying a local farm or ranch, farm animals and commodities produced. Photos were submitted by amateur photographers from across the country for our 7th Annual Photo Contest. 

Winning Photos from the 2021 Calendar Photo Contest

Cover Photo Winner

Joshua Milles
Benton, Illinois

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January

Nelson Ranch
Oroville, Washington

February

Paul Gierhart
Rock Falls, Illinois

March

Andrea Shemwell
Sturgis, Kentucky

April

Jennifer Dyhrkopp
Shawneetown, Illinois

May

Lydia Holste
Altamont, Illinois

June

Matt Boulds
Eldorado, Illinois

July

Payne Farms
Galatia, Illinois

August

Trisha Scates
Shawneetown, Illinois

September

Cathy Vogl
Henderson, Michigan

October

Davidson
Hazelton, Indiana

November

Tuttle Farms
Harrisburg, Illinois

December

Shawn Pilkington
Eldorado, Illinois

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November Thankfulness

2020 has been a year like any other. No, there was no misspelling in the prior sentence and yes, you read it correctly. I fully realize there is an ongoing pandemic and many, many lives have been affected in unimaginable ways. Many have lost jobs or have family members who are either infected with the virus or have passed away. I do not want to minimize that in any manner. However, please allow me to explain the context in which my statement is being made. As I write this article, we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving in the coming week. It is my opinion we continue to live in the most blessed country in the world. We are privileged to have an extremely stable, and affordable, source of food. America’s farmers and ranchers spend untold hours each week working diligently to ensure this continues. They face the same health challenges as the general public and have the same concerns as to what this pandemic may mean to their business and family. Yes, we have experienced times this year where grocery stores did not have the supply of food we are accustomed to seeing. This, however, was not due to the lack of effort from this nation’s farmer and ranchers. They continue to perform their vital role in this country’s ongoing success. In fact, dairy and hog producers this year were, at times, asked to either dump milk or euthanize animals solely due to the lack of processing capacity. Those producers put their heart and soul into ensuring they provide the best product possible to the American consumer. Being asked to destroy what they were a part of providing was certainly not easy for them. One U.S. farm presently produces the items necessary to feed 166 people both here and abroad. That is in contrast to the 26 people each American farm fed in 1960. That is a truly remarkable growth rate. As I close, I want to go back to my opening statement. 2020 has been a year like any other. I say this from the perspective that, even during an unprecedented pandemic, America’s farmer and ranchers continue to work diligently, and for the most part, thanklessly to ensure the American consumer has food to enjoy. This Thursday most everyone will take time to reflect on the things for which they are thankful. I wonder how many of those reflections will include the efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers? As I can only control my thoughts, I know for certain, there will be at least one. Will you please join me in making sure there are more?

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AgriTalk Interview with Alan Hoskins

Alan Hoskins continues to represent our organizations in a very positive manner.  Industry experts and media continue to call upon Alan for his knowledge.  In an interview with Tyne Morgan, Host of the US Farm Report, Alan was featured on AgriTalk this week. 

Below is a link to the interview he did with Tyne Morgan (Host of US Farm Report) yesterday on Agri-Talk:

https://omny.fm/shows/agritalk/agritalk-november-18-2020?t=16m

He discusses updated net farm income and the change for farmers financials since August. Corn and beans are both up and combined with yields many farmers have working capital replenishment, they normally don’t see.  Alan also mentions the importance of talking with farm operations about their long term goals.  He is also seeing a lot of folks look at used vs. new equipment because of the market, in addition to a focus on investing working capital to help improve efficiencies, purchase more land or even deploy funds to accelerate real estate payments. Alan shares advice with his farm customers, “Don’t be in a rush to make a decision, make sure the funds are deployed and fit well into the long term strategy of the operation.”

Harvest Safety by Alan Hoskins

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2020 Photo Contest Winners

Photo Contest Winners

American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services received several entries from around the country. With many pictures to review, judges found it challenging to select the cover photo and each monthly photo for the 2020 Calendar portraying "Agricultural Through Your Lens". 

Grand Prize Cover Photo received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $250 Visa Gift Card

12 monthly prize winners received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $50 Visa Gift Card

2020 Calendar

The 2020 American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Calendar was released in January 2020. We are excited to share photos depicting agriculture across the United States.

Each month of the calendar features one full size photograph portraying a local farm or ranch, farm animals and commodities produced. Photos were submitted by amateur photographers from across the country for our 5th Annual Photo Contest. 

Winning Photos from the 2020 Calendar Photo Contest

Cover Photo Winner

Tuttle Farms
Harrisburg, IL

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January

Nelson Ranch
Oroville, WA

February

Christan Beyer
Eldorado, Illinois

March

Dala Roberts
Lindsborg, Kansas

April

Olive’s Tree Farm
Willow Spring, North Carolina

May

Ashton Webb
Shawneetown, Illinois

June

Hardesty Farms
Morganfield, Kentucky

July

Cathy Vogl
Henderson, Michigan

August

D-Bar Cattle Co.
Harrisburg, Illinois

September

Dustin Newton Farms
Ridgway, Illinois

October

Lydia Holste
Altamont, Illinois

November

Raigan Cummings
Chapmansboro, Tennessee

December

Matt Boulds
Eldorado, Illinois

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Alan Hoskins – Appointment to the USDA Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). The newly appointed members serve terms of up to two years through 2021.

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Smart Uses For Your MFP Money

Farmers who enroll in the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) are expected to start receiving payments in mid-August. While the payments are a blanket rate by county, there’s no blanket suggestion on what farmers should do with those funds. Bankers and business consultants alike agree this must be an individual decision based on your farm’s financial position, debt structure and business strategy.

First, it’s critical to analyze your financial position without the cash injection.

“Before any decision is finalized, I would suggest producers have a really good understanding of the farm’s current liquidity position,” advises Alan Hoskins, president of American Farm Mortgage. “Also, given the challenges we face from a market and weather perspective, make sure that you know a solid estimate of this year’s financials.”

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Future Of Agriculture: Ask The Analysts returns to SIUC

A free event geared towards farmers and those working in the agriculture industry is coming back to SIUC.

Legence Bank, American Farm Mortgage and SIU have teamed up for the Future of Agriculture: Ask the Analysts Featuring Live "U.S. Farm Report Taping." 

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US Farm Report – Live Taping from SIU Hosted by Legence Bank and American Farm Mortgage

U.S. Farm Report is on the road broadcasting from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. From the latest on the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments and exploring what impact the payments could have on the farm economy to digging into how the weather market could play out this year in the grains, the latest episode of U.S. Farm Report covers it all.

Watch Now

Future of Agriculture: Ask the Analysts

Join host, Tyne Morgan, as she interviews market analysts, Chip Nellinger, Bob Utterback, and John Kurtz!

FREE EVENT

Welcome & Vendor Exhibit: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

US Farm Report Live Taping: 4:00 pm -5:30 pm

Meet our HOST!

Tyne Morgan is the Host of U.S. Farm Report! 

Tyne Morgan is doing what she calls her "dream job," as the first female host of a major agricultural television show. She’s a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. Born and raised in Lexington, Mo., FFA was a big part of her high school career. Her father is an agriculture teacher/FFA Advisory and was her biggest supporter/teacher. Through public speaking and various contest teams, she actually plunged into broadcast at the young age of 16. While in high school, she worked at KMZU radio providing the daily farm market updates, as well as local, state and national agriculture news. Although Tyne always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling.

Tyne attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in Agriculture Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast. During her college years, she was a farm broadcast intern for Brownfield Ag News, and was the 2006 Missouri State Fair Queen, serving as the Ambassador for Missouri agriculture.

Today, you can watch Tyne every week hosting U.S. Farm Report, and helping viewers navigate the volatile markets with the weekly marketing roundtables. She’s also feature every week on Machinery Pete TV and AgriTalk radio. 

Meet Our Analysts!

Bob Utterback is a registered commodities representative and President/CEO of Utterback Marketing Services, Inc. in New Richmond, Indiana.

Bob grew up on a small farm in Indiana and continued to work on farms while attending Purdue University. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree at Purdue, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree at Oregon State University. Today, Bob provides overall technical and fundamental marketing outlooks and strategies regarding agricultural commodities, and he and his staff implement trades for individual producers, feedlots and other farm-related operations.

Chip Nellinger with Blue Reef Agri-Marketing, Inc. is a Risk Management Consultant and Future Marketing Specialist.

He was raised on a grain and livestock farm in North Central Illinois. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S in Economics. He spent 4 years on floor of CBOT - International Commercial Grain Hedging and 22 years as a Licensed Commodity Broker - Risk Management for Top Producers, and 14 years IL as a licensed crop insurance agent. He is also a Commodity Analyst on US Farm Report, Ag Day & several Midwest radio stations.

He resides in Dunlap, Illinois with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons, Sam, Jake and Chase.

John Kurtz has more than 26 years-experience in the land business — as a broker, advisor and auctioneer. 

After attending Missouri Auction School in 1993, John became a third-generation real estate auctioneer with his family’s firm. John is a 1991 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in economics. With his wife Chrissy, and their 6 kids, John enjoys being outdoors and working with the farmers of their land in western Kentucky.

2019 Photo Contest

Photo Contest Winners

American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services received several entries from around the country. With many pictures to review, judges found it challenging to select the cover photo and each monthly photo for the 2019 Calendar portraying "Agricultural Through Your Lens". 

Grand Prize Cover Photo received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $250 Visa Gift Card

12 monthly prize winners received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $50 Visa Gift Card

2019 Calendar

The 2019 American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Calendar was released in January 2019. We are excited to share photos depicting agriculture across the United States.

Each month of the calendar features one full size photograph portraying a local farm or ranch, farm animals and commodities produced. Photos were submitted by amateur photographers from across the country for our 5th Annual Photo Contest. 

Winning Photos from the 2019 Calendar Photo Contest

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January

Nelson Ranch
Oroville, WA

February

Scott Ross Farms
Meade, KS

March

D-Bar Cattle Co.
Harrisburg, IL

April

Noah Boulds
Eldorado, IL

May

Beasley Equine Clinic
Eldorado, IL

June

Scott Ross Farms
Meade, KS

July

Katelynn Downen
Junction, IL

August

DeVillez Farms
Eldorado, IL

September

Vala's Pumpkin Patch
Gretna, NE

October

Cathy Vogl
Henderson, MI

November

Dustin Newton Farms
Junction, IL

December

Nelson Ranch
Oroville, WA

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Cover Photo Winner

Shawn Pilkington, Eldorado, IL