Texas Farm Credit Services

Company: Texas Farm Credit Services
Industries: Banking/Mortgages
Texas Farm Credit is a customer-owned cooperative that finances agricultural production, rural land, agribusiness needs and home mortgages. We are a part of the Farm Credit System, which has been financing agriculture and rural America for almost 100 years.

 As a lending co-op, we operate in our borrowers’ best interests and cater to their short and long-term credit needs, with flexible financing solutions and an array of cash management products and services. Our rural lending professionals can structure a loan to meet the customer’s individual needs, from cattle and timber loans, to real estate mortgages, to complex agribusiness financing packages.

 Texas Farm Credit specializes in rural lending, and our loan officers understand agriculture. Whether you wish to finance a farming or cattle operation, purchase rural property or lease harvesting equipment, we have the experience to tailor a financing package that is right for you. To discuss your specific financing needs, please call us or visit one of our office locations. We’ll be glad to meet with you — at your place or ours.


Texas Farm Credit Name Corporation of the Year

Texas Farm Credit, a rural lending cooperative headquartered in Robstown, has been named Corporation of the Year by the Northwest Business Association (NWBA). The award recognizes active NWBA member corporations that both currently and historically participate in community service efforts. 

Receiving the Corporation of the Year award from Northwest Business Association President Warren Albrecht, far right, are, from left to right, Texas Farm Credit CEO Mark Miller and Robstown branch employees Shane Brown, vice president and branch manager, and Jason Floyd, loan officer. 

“ It is an honor to receive this award,” said Mark Miller, Texas Farm Credit chief executive officer. “As a cooperative, we have a strong commitment to the communities in which we live and work. We are proud to have been recognized for our efforts in this city where we have been headquartered for 80 years.” 

The NWBA presented the award to co-op representatives at a ceremony on Dec. 18 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. 

During the past year, the Texas Farm Credit Robstown branch office staff participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, raised $1,400 for the nonprofit air ambulance service HALO-Flight Inc., and participated in the NWBA Taste of Northwest, a fundraiser to provide scholarships to local youth. 

Among many community service efforts in its territory, Texas Farm Credit is proud to pilot a new youth leadership program called LEAD FIRST, which stands for “Leader Education and Development, Financial Insight, Rural Stewardship Training.” This innovative program, hosted by Texas Farm Credit staff at no cost to students, aims to encourage a new generation of rural leaders and agricultural producers. 


Sulphur Springs Office Participates in Ag in the Classroom

Texas Farm Credit employees Kody Cox, Troy Lopez, Tom Miller, and Brooke Young participated in this year’s Hopkins County Ag in the Classroom event October 13th-14th.

Photo Caption: Lef to right: Brooke Young, Troy Lopez, Tom Miller, and Kody Cox.

Approximately 900 fourth graders from area schools, including Sulphur Springs, Cooper, Sulphur Bluff, Yantis, and Miller Grove, converged in the Hopkins County Civic Center arena, Monday morning October 13th to learn about all things agriculture. Ag in the Classroom is an annual event made possible by Farm Bureau and AgriLife Extension Service. Texas Farm Credit helped sponsor the event by providing boxed lunches and bottles of water for all the students while Frito Lay provided bags of chips.

Students learn where their food is produced in a classroom setting, then they get to make the field trip to actually get "hands on" experience with live animals and exhibits about the various areas of agriculture. Demonstration areas included: beekeeping, soil conservation, crop and product demonstrations in poultry, wheat, cotton, corn, beef and dairy production, as well as wildlife management and recreational safety with horses.

" It's our way of teaching students where their food is produced," explained local Farm Bureau Board Member, Don Smith. "So, many youth today are removed from the farms and ranches that they don't know where their food comes. This helps teach them the importance of a healthy agriculture, so that everyone can continue to be fed and clothed!"


Robstown Office Participates in Ag Awareness Day

Texas Farm Credit employees Jodi McManus, Jason Floyd, and Tiffeny Ranly participated in this year’s Nueces County Ag Awareness Days October 14th-16th at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

Ag Awareness Day has become a tradition in Nueces County and is made possible with the help of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Farm Bureau, and many volunteers.

The mission of Ag Awareness Day is to give 3rd graders in the Coastal Bend area an opportunity to learn hands-on lessons about agriculture and how it affects their everyday life. The students rotate among the special exhibits that are set up, demonstrating everything from food safety and cotton growing to how sheep are sheared and why.

The Ag Day event is also a great way to recruit youngsters to take part in the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show held at the fairgrounds every January.

Zack Davis, the county extension agent for 4-H and youth development, said he felt young people are still interested in learning about agriculture.

“ Getting to take a hands-on role in the environment, and seeing these animals in person, with the chance to pet them - people with suburban and urban lifestyles don’t get to see this every day,” Davis said.

Nueces County educated over 1200 3rd graders (many pictured above) from Nueces County Schools, as well as teachers and parents, throughout the three days. All of the presenters and helpers are volunteers.

Tiffeny Ranly (back left) and Jodi McManus (back right) with their nieces, Emily Ranly (front left) and Kendell Koenning (front right) who attended with their school, Banquete Elementary.

Shannon Scarborough talks to students about poultry.

Jim Massey, left, and Russell Jungmann, right, volunteered at the event.

Jason Floyd speaks to the students about sheep and goats.


Students Selected for LEAD FIRST Youth Development Program

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated and chosen for Texas Farm Credit’s 2014-2015 LEAD FIRST program: Justin Walker, Seth Rimpel, Jacob Dixon, Shelby Womack, Jacklyn Hart, Samantha Palmeri, and Casey Williams.

Texas Farm Credit is piloting a new youth leadership program called LEAD FIRST. LEAD FIRST stands for “Leader Education And Development Financial Insight - Rural Stewardship Training”. This innovative new program aims to energize and involve a new generation of rural leaders and agricultural producers by educating and preparing them for future success. Students who are nominated to participate in this program meet once a month during the school year for workshops, field trips, speakers, and other activities designed to enhance their understanding of what it takes to succeed today in an agricultural operation or farm-related business. As a company, we aim to not only financially support young farmers and ranchers, but to help develop the next generation of agricultural leaders as well.

This year’s LEAD FIRST class pictured here (from left to right):
• Justin Walker - Junior at Hope Christian Academy and member of 4-H Veterinary Science of Henderson Co.
• Seth Rimpel - Senior at Athens High School and member of Horizon 4-H.
• Jacob Dixon - Senior at Martins Mill High School and member of Martin’s Mill FFA.
• Shelby Womack - Senior at Brownsboro High School and member of Brownsboro FFA.
• Jacklyn Hart - Senior at Athens High School and member of Happy Days 4-H.
• Samantha (“Sam”) Palmeri - Junior at Crossroads High School and member of Crossroads FFA.
• Casey Williams Senior at Brownsboro High School and member of Brownsboro FFA.

The kickoff event to the new LEAD FIRST pilot program was a great success! The first session took place on the evening of August 26th. The group spent some time getting to know each other around the table while enjoying pizza and drinks. Nick Hoffman led the group in discussion about the basic components of a balance sheet, among other topics.

More about LEAD FIRST:

This program is geared towards high school juniors and seniors in local 4-H and FFA organizations must be nominated by their teacher/advisor. Ideal candidates will demonstrate an exemplary work ethic, discipline, and a capacity for learning. Participants who have a genuine interest in starting and growing a production agriculture operation, farm-related business, or marketing/processing enterprise will particularly benefit from their involvement in the LEAD FIRST initiative. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Texas Farm Credit believes there is great value in providing a forum for rural youth to get to know one another, strengthen existing relationships, build new ones, and forge lifetime friendships that will serve them as they lead their families, communities, businesses, and civic organizations in future years. Additionally, we intend to equip students with information they can use throughout their lives a foundation of business and financial knowledge that improves their understanding of what will be required to achieve each individual’s “American dream.”

LEAD FIRST meetings began in late August and will continue through April 2015. Eight sessions are planned, with typical commitments of 2 hours each. These sessions will include field events, tours, guest speakers, and workshops. Meeting times and dates will be adjusted as necessary to accommodate selected participants and scheduled activities; however, meetings will typically be held once a month on Tuesday afternoons/evenings.


Texas Farm Credit Raises $1,400 for HALO-Flight

Texas Farm Credit, a rural lending cooperative based in Robstown, recently presented $1,400 to the nonprofit air ambulance service
HALO-Flight Inc.

To raise funds for the medical service, the cooperative hosted a charity golf tournament at River Hills Country Club in Corpus Christi this spring. Staff members from Texas Farm Credit’s headquarters and Robstown branch office prepared lunch for 15 golf teams and several other attendees at the tournament, which raised $700 for HALO-Flight. The co-op donated matching funds, and presented the $1,400 check to the organization on June 18.

HALO-Flight is a Corpus Christi-based nonprofit organization that provides emergency air ambulance service for the people of South Texas, regardless of their ability to pay. Since its inception in 1987, the company has transported more than 16,000 critically ill or injured patients to medical or trauma facilities within its 26-county service area.

Texas Farm Credit loan officer Jason Floyd presents Stephanie Knox with a $1,400 check to benefit HALO-Flight on June 18, 2014.

Texas Farm Credit finances agricultural operations, rural recreational property, agribusiness and other rural real estate. It has lending offices in Athens, Bandera, Beaumont, Bonham, Brenham, Clarksville, Fairfield, Gainesville, Hebbronville, Nacogdoches, New Waverly, Paris, Pleasanton, Raymondville, Robstown, San Antonio, Sulphur Springs, Tyler, Uvalde and Weslaco. Texas Farm Credit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, a network of rural financing cooperatives established in 1916. 


Texas Farm Credit Send Donation to Africa

Due to the merger of Agriland and Texas AgFinance earlier this year, the association now has a new name, Texas Farm Credit. With the new name, many logoed items that donned the retired names were no longer able to be used. Rather than discard all the outdated apparel, the Texas Farm Credit employees opted to donate the items to Beacon of Hope mission group. Read more...


Texas Farm Credit Supports 2014 Bright Star Baseball

For the second year in a row, the Sulphur Springs Lions Club and Sulphur Springs Boys Baseball Association partnered for another season of Bright Star Baseball. Texas Farm Credit was a proud sponsor again this season. 

Bright Star Baseball was designed to allow special needs boys and girls under the age of 17, to play league baseball. Each child is provided a uniform and gear and is paired with a buddy - a volunteer who maybe helps swing the bat a bit, navigate the bases, or just provide some encouragement. 

This year, 52 children signed up to play in the spring league. During the six-week season, the games were played at Buford Park on Monday evenings. After the ending of the fourth game, Texas Farm Credit employees served a hamburger dinner to 175 people including players and parents. At the close of the season all the players were presented with trophies. 

“ It’s about making a difference for these children,” said Troy Lopez, Loan Officer at Texas Farm Credit’s Sulphur Springs office. “The Sulphur Springs branch employees support this effort and seeing the kids get the chance to play ball and enjoy themselves on the baseball field is what it’s all about. But truth be told, we are the winners. Seeing the smiles and tears and hearing the laughter and cheers makes everything else pale in comparison. It’s what life is really about and we are proud to be a part of something like this in our community.” 

The Texas Farm Credit board of directors and management believe we have a responsibility to be active citizens in the communities we serve both at the corporate and employee levels. While we provide credit and other services to the agricultural community, and most often our volunteerism is connected to agriculture, our efforts often extend beyond agriculture. It involves simply helping others and pitching in for a greater cause in the communities we serve. 

Left to right, Troy Lopez, Tom Miller, and Brooke Young, with Texas Farm Credit, Carmon Krause and Daschelle Smith, with Sulphur Springs Boys Baseball Association, Kody Cox with Texas Farm Credit, Jim Helferich with Alliance Document Shredding, Mike Mahand with Northside Storage, and Adam Teer and Jonathan Toliver with Sulphur Springs Lions Club. 

Players and buddies take the field to begin the final game of the 2014 Bright Star Baseball season. 

Texas Farm Credit employees Nicole Stewart, Kody Cox, Troy Lopez and Tom Miller, along with other volunteers, grill and serve hamburgers to the Bright Star Baseball players and parents after the fourth game of the 2014 season. 


Texas Farm Credit Sponsors the SWB PRCA
Rodeo in Fairfield TX

Because of a passion for giving and caring, as well as concern for the youth of America, Jason Smith, Tony Brackens, and Keith Brackens have created a non-profit organization known as the Smith with Brackens Youth Foundation.

" The mission of the Smith with Brackens Youth Foundation is to be Champions for Youth. Because we believe that youth are the champions of our future, we are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the socially and economically disadvantaged. Through our fundraising efforts, we support and administer programs in agriculture, education, character development, health, and fitness to empower the next generation."

The foundation produces a rodeo and calf scramble every year. The children who participate in the calf scramble are receiving funds from the foundation to purchase an animal to exhibit at the Freestone County Fair. By sponsoring this event we are giving back to the youth in our area, as well as supporting agriculture and advancing opportunities for youth to be involved in agriculture that otherwise may have not had the opportunity. This is a great event and an opportunity to partner with a great group of people.

Tony Brackens graduated from Fairfield High School was an All American at the University of Texas and is now retired from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jason Smith was a All American Left Tackle for the Baylor Bears and the #2 draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Both men own ranches east of Fairfield, TX.

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Smith with Brackens

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Calf wrestled

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Saddle Bronc Riding

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Team Roping

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Calf capturing

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Rodeo Flyer

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Enjoying the rodeo

Rodeo Fairfield TX - Star and stripes


Employees in Our Communities

The Texas Farm Credit board of directors and management believe we have a responsibility to be active citizens in the communities we serve both at the corporate and employee levels. While we provide credit and other services to the agricultural community, and most often our volunteerism is connected to agriculture, our efforts often extend beyond agriculture. It involves simply helping others and pitching in for a greater cause in the communities we serve. It’s how rural folks live.

Throughout rural America, communities are strengthened and people benefit by volunteers who give their time and talents beyond their “regular job.” These volunteers serve their churches, civic clubs, charitable organizations, fire departments and volunteer in many other ways that often go unnoticed. However, their contributions are extremely vital to the schools, churches, and vibrancy of those rural communities.

This fall, the Sulphur Springs Lions Club and Sulphur Springs Baseball Association partnered to start Bright Star Baseball. In its inaugural season, already 38 special needs children signed up and are participating in the fall league. Each child, decked out in full official uniform and gear, is paired with a buddy - a volunteer who maybe helps swing the bat a bit, navigate the bases, or just provide some encouragement. This new league, which is run first class, generates smiles on the faces of both players and fans over and over and over again.

Texas Farm Credit employees Michael Clayman, Troy Lopez, Tom Miller, Kody Cox and Brooke Young of our Sulphur Springs office are involved in the Sulphur Spring Lions Club and Bright Star Baseball. Andy Davis of Sulphur Springs, the driving force of Bright Star Baseball, has allowed Texas Farm Credit to be involved in a terrific idea at both the corporate and employee levels.

To Andy Davis, Sulphur Springs Lions, and Sulphur Springs Baseball Association and all the Bright Star Baseball buddies thank you for your contributions in making Sulphur Springs a better place to live. Your volunteerism has not gone unnoticed. And congratulations on a job very well done!

Bright Star Baseball Pledge of Allegiance

Bright Star Baseball Team Huddle

Bright Star Baseball Batter Up!

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