Georgia Farm Credit Offers Free Farm Financial Training

“The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” – John F. Kennedy

Farmers are CEO’s
Most farmers would never consider themselves CEOs – but that’s exactly what they are. They are the chief decision-makers, overseeing a business. They also wear the hats of mechanic, meteorologist, agronomist, veterinarian, engineer, nutritionist, and more. 
Farming today truly is a business and requires knowledge not just of how to grow crops and raise livestock, but also of how to manage both finances and risk.  With a tight farm economy, understanding how to manage the farm finances and using records to make decisions is more critical than ever. 

At Farm Credit, we want your farming operation to be successful.  Whether you are coming home to the family farm, starting a first-generation business, or if you grow row crops, livestock, or vegetables, we recognize the need for all farmers to know more about business and financial management.

AGAware serves the next generation 
In 2011, the national award-winning AGAware® program was created to help ensure that future farmers will be prepared and strong financially so they may continue doing what it is they love. It’s been Farm Credit’s mission for more than one hundred years to serve farmers and rural America. 

AGAware® consists of both farm finance training workshops for young, beginning, and small farmers as well as community awareness events to help make consumers aware of what farmers actually do to put food on everyone’s table. 
Since the AGAware® program was established in 2011, more than 1000 farmers in Georgia and South Carolina have taken the classes and graduated from the program.

2024 Farm Finance Trainings
The AGAware® Workshops introduce farmers to a variety of financial-related topics critical to running an operation. These topics include Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Family Finance & Family Budgeting, Risk Management, Accrual Income, Applying for Financing, Preparing a Business Plan, Technology & Record Keeping, FSA/SBA, and Other Programs. 

AGAware® is also certified for FSA Direct Borrower Training Credits in GA, NC, and SC.

The training is open to anyone who wishes to develop a better understanding of how to run a successful farming operation, of any type and size.

All classes are held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and a free lunch will be provided. Workshops will be held at the following Georgia locations:

Tuesday, July 16 ǀ Metter, GA ǀ Georgia Grown Innovation Center | 25 South Terrell St.  

Friday, July 19 ǀ Moultrie, GA ǀ Lily Pond Event Center | 275 Dorminey Rd.  

Friday, July 26 | Jefferson, GA | Jackson County Ag Facility | 1869 County Farm Rd

The 2024 AGAware workshops in Metter and Moultrie, Georgia are presented in partnership with Team Agriculture Georgia and USDA Risk Management Agency. The event is funded in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency under award number RMA23CPT0013410. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

To see other 2024 AGAware workshop opportunities in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and to register, go to and

For more information about AGAware, contact Heather Brannen at or 912-764-9091. Or Jessica Bassett at