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2019 Midwest Agricultural Banking School

Dec 02, 2019 to Dec 05, 2019
Purdue University
403 W. State Street
Krannert Building, Room 278
West Lafayette
Program Overview: 

Bankers demand a strong return on education, “ROE,” in terms of  dollars, time, & effort spent. You can count on the Midwest Agricultural Banking School to provide:

  • Practical, hands-on curriculum designed for learning by  doing and for easy application at the bank;
  • Small class size to increase networking opportunities and personalized instruction;
  • A school designed and governed by bankers and taught by experienced bankers and consultants;
  • Reasonable enrollment fees and an academic atmosphere conducive to a stimulating learning experience.

The Curriculum
The curriculum for the Midwest Agricultural Banking School is designed to provide you with the practical aspects of  agricultural credit & finance, farm management, marketing & related subjects. The core curriculum was developed by, and is maintained in cooperation with, the Kansas/Nebraska Schools of Banking, and the sponsoring state bankers associations. The development and
implementation of this curriculum has involved literally hundreds of bankers and has  resulted in a nationwide system of quality banker education.

The 2019 Midwest Agricultural Banking School delivers a solid foundation in agricultural credit principles and the most timely topics of the day, all with a minimum investment of time and money!


Core Curriculum

  • Economic Outlook
  • Introduction to Agricultural Financial Statements
  • Agricultural Credit Analysis & Decision Making
  • Farm Service Agency Programs
  • The Farm Bill - Impact on Decisions
  • Environmental Audits - What to Look For and Why
  • Marketing Alternatives
  • Structuring Agricultural Loans
  • Problem Loans: Indicators
  • Alternatives Used to Control Land and Facility Resources
  • Crop Insurance
  • Customer Relationship Development

Optional Review Session

Fundamentals of Midwest Agriculture - Monday Afternoon
Agricultural production speaks its own language and follows its  own production and marketing practices. To those not familiar  with agriculture, the terminology, production practices, marketing & governmental programs can be confusing and may lead to misunderstandings. For those lenders who are not familiar with agriculture, and want an introductory course prior to the start of the school, a session is scheduled for Monday afternoon that will include:

  • Crop and livestock terminology
  • Land rental arrangements
  • Crop production practices & costs   
  • Livestock production & costs

The Faculty
Faculty for the school includes academicians, bankers & agricultural professionals. These instructors have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and presentation skills. The faculty for this year's school, include: Dr. Freddie Barnard, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; Dr. Bruce Erickson, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University; Dr. Michael Langemeier, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; Dr. Larry DeBoer, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; Amanda Borne, Farm Loan Officer, Farm Service Agency; Cary Mawbey, First Farmers Bank & Trust; Dr. Chris Hurt, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticide Program, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service; Dr. Mindy Mallory, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; Dan Devlin, PNC Bank; Kevin Cook, Merchants Bank of Indiana; Tracie Davies, Fowler State Bank; Brandt Downing, First Farmers Bank & Trust, Rick Gentis, First Bank of Berne; Howard Halderman, Halderman Farm Management; Joe Walter, Ag One Agency, Inc.; Scott Downey, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.


1:00 - 3:00 pm Fundamentals of Midwest Agriculture: Agronomic Factors
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Fundamentals of Midwest Agriculture: Farm Management
5:00 - 6:00 pm Hotel Check In and Social Hour
6:00 - 8:00 pm Banquet

8:00 -  9:00 am Environmental Audits: What to Look for and Why
9:00 - 10:30 am Agricultural Financial Statements
10:30 -10:45 am Break
10:45 -12:00 pm Farm Service Agency
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch: on your own
1:00 - 2:45 pm Agricultural Credit Analysis
2:45 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 5:00 pm Customer Relationship Development 

8:00 - 9:00 AM Marketing Alternatives
9:00 - 10:15 am Structuring Agricultural Loans
10:15 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 12:00 pm Problem Loans: Indicators
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch: on your own
1:00 - 2:30 pm Alternatives Used to Control Land and Facility Resources
2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm Crop Insurance
3:45 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 6:00 pm Farm Bill: Impact on Decisions


Registration & Schedule
Registration and Social hour will be Monday, December 2nd  from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Students will then attend a dinner followed by a short program. On Tuesday and Wednesday classes will be held at Purdue University (Kranner Building, Room 278) from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Students will be housed at the Hilton Garden Inn, 356 E. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47906. One student is assigned to each room.


IBA Members
$75 Monday Review
$1095 School
$795 Commuter 

100% surcharge is applied to Non-Members.

Participation in IBA programs is limited to members, associate members, and nonmembers from an eligible membership category at applicable member or non-member rates.

Additional Information: 

The Agricultural Banking School will hold its 46th annual session December 2--5, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Co-sponsored by the Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio & Michigan bankers associations and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue. This school is designed to further enhance the education of bankers in the field of agricultural finance.

As one of the 68 land-grant colleges and universities created through the Morrill Act of 1862, Purdue has acquired a reputation as one of America’s leading universities. Agriculture was one of two divisions originally established at Purdue in 1869, and since that time, Purdue has grown to become a recognized leader in all areas of agricultural education. Classroom work features practical aspects of agricultural credit and finance, farm management, marketing and related subjects, plus case studies and an evening seminar.

Requirements and Regulations
Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Absences may be excused only because of illness, catastrophe or extenuating circumstances, based upon a written statement submitted to and approved by the school trustees.

Certificate of Completion
Students who successfully complete the program will be presented with a graduation certificate.

Association Contact: 

If you have any questions please contact Laurie Rees at 317-387-9380 or via e-mail at

Cancellation Policy: 

Any applicant withdrawing from the school before November 4, 2019, will receive a refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. Any applicant cancelling after November 4, 2019 or failing to appear at the school will forfeit the entire registration fee.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a per-person basis by the trustees of the school. Requests for refunds due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted in writing.

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