The Agriculture program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has received a $10,000 grant from Farm Credit Mid-America. The grant is part of a state-wide $60,000 gift, which has been divided among the six Ivy Tech locations with an Agriculture program.
“Farm Credit’s mission is to support farming in rural communities, so we wanted to be a part of Ivy Tech’s efforts to support ag education,” said Tom Van Buskirk, a senior loan officer with Farm Credit Mid-America.
Many of the company’s employees are graduates from an agriculture program, and Farm Credit has said it is excited to see Ivy Tech’s new Agriculture program—which started in fall 2013—in Fort Wayne. Agriculture graduates could work in a number of areas at Farm Credit: business analyst, crop insurance specialist, loan officer, marketing, and more.
As a thank you for the donation, Ivy Tech Northeast has named classroom lab TC1528, located in The Steel Dynamics, Inc., Keith E. Busse Technology Center, the Farm Credit Mid-America Laboratory. The lab is attached to the College’s greenhouse, and it is used for agriculture classes and landscaping classes, said Kelli Kreider, chair of the Agriculture program.
Farm Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative and has served the credit needs of farmers and rural residents across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee for nearly a century. Backed by the strength of nearly 100,000 customer-members and $20 billion in assets, Farm Credit Mid-America provides loans for real estate, operating, equipment, housing and related services such as crop insurance, and vehicle, equipment and building leases.