Farm Credit East Offers Program for Young Ag Leaders Looking to Develop Management Skills

A successful manager is required to master many aspects of business. To help the next generation develop the necessary business and financial skills, Farm Credit East is hosting multipleGenerationNext seminars across the Northeast this fall into winter, and seeks interested young leaders to attend.Upcoming sessions will be held in Freeport, Maine, and four New York locations: Burrville, Cooperstown, Geneva and Potsdam.

Farm Credit East’s GenerationNext program helps young leaders identify areas for personal growth and development, improve business management skills, and network with other young industry leaders. Whether just entering into a management role or an experienced manager, participants will gain valuable insights from Farm Credit East farm business consultants and their GenerationNext colleagues.

“A key take-away from this program is effective communication across generations,” said Chris Laughton, Farm Credit East Director of Knowledge Exchange. “GenerationNext helps to develop a balance of respect for the accomplishments of the older generation and confidence in the next generation to take over the business.”

While each session is customized for the participants attending, the program is typically offered in a three part series. The first class covers leadership and employee management. The second session focuses on understanding financial records, including budgets, inventory and investments, to develop and achieve goals. The final session’s content is tailored to the group’s interests. Past topics include customer service, marketing and risk management.

Each seminar includes group discussion, idea sharing and networking opportunities. In addition, participants have access to a self-paced online version as well as hard copies of the course materials.

A complete listing of upcoming GenerationNext session dates and locations is available It is not necessary to have an existing relationship with Farm Credit East to attend. Contact your local Farm Credit East office, or call (800) 562-2235 for more information or to sign up.

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