New Year, New Career: AgCountry
Published: Jun 13, 2017
‘Everything is integrated’: AgCountry Cooperative structure produces success
AgCountry Farm Credit Services’ commitment to community propels the business to thrive in the ever- changing agriculture industry.
“AgCountry is a cooperative that is owned by the farmers and ranchers that we serve, and our mission is to help them succeed. When they have success, we have success,” AgCountry Reporting Specialist Nancy Frid said.
Headquartered in Fargo, the independently-owned and locally-governed lending institution provides credit and financial services to more than 12,000 farmers and ranchers in 18 counties in eastern North Dakota and 25 counties in northwest and west central Minnesota. Nationwide, it provides agribusiness loans and leases in 35 states.
AgCountry is a part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of cooperative financial services institutions that serves rural America.
In recent years, farmers or ranchers’ need for easily accessible credit services has increased. Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Sen. Pat Roberts held a hearing on the Farm Credit System during May of last year.
“Farmers and ranchers all across the country are experiencing difficult economic conditions as farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the third straight year,” Chairman Roberts said.
Every AgCountry employee helps farmers and ranchers to tactfully weather the changing and sometimes fickle market conditions.
“Each customer is unique, and that’s how we treat them,” AgCountry Human Resources Generalist Amber Larson said.
Frid offers assistance to customers accessing their information electronically.
“I find success when I am able to give the customer the support and tools they need for their operation,” Frid said.
Both AgCountry employees and its clients believe in a “neighbors helping neighbors” philosophy.
“The farmers fully know an entire team of committed employees have their best interest in mind,” Frid said.
Employees at AgCountry enjoy the team-oriented business structure.
“I am fortunate to work in an area where, while we have individual responsibilities, we are always coming together to check-in and help each other meet the common goal of being a part of the customer’s success,” Frid said.
AgCountry offers competitive benefits, flexible scheduling and a commitment to each employee’s growth.
“Their commitment to my job knowledge and career development truly makes me want to succeed all the more in my position,” Frid said. “ I truly feel AgCountry wants the best for me and my success.”
AgCountry offers a total package including competitive base pay and incentives, benefits for the employee and family and long-terms like retirement income and health care. Both new and old employees agree, AgCountry has the excitement of a growing company, the stability of an industry leader with a professional, respectful and fun work environment.
“AgCountry truly steps up to the plate with both their words and their actions. When AgCountry says they want our customers to succeed, they mean it,” Frid said.
The ranching and agriculture industry is vital to the wealth and health of any nation. AgCountry and its employees recognize the importance of their work.
“Agriculture is ever changing, yet it is the backbone of our country. We are helping farmers and rural America,” Larson said.
Visit www.agcountry.com/Employment.aspx to join the growing team at AgCountry Farm Credi Services.
AgCountry Farm Credit Services Gives Back
In all 43 county service areas in North Dakota and Minnesota, AgCountry donates to various causes, groups, and initiatives through their corporate and branch offices.
“It is wonderful giving back to the community with AgCountry leading the way,” Frid said.
School Programs and Scholarships
The future of American agriculture depends on the success of the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and ag leaders. AgCountry supports school programs like 4-H, FFA, Ag in the Classroom, Project Pizza, Student National Agri-Marketing Association AgCountry provides 24 scholarships each year to graduating high-school seniors who are from farming families or who are pursuing a career in agriculture. Scholarships are also given to students in the Fellows Program at North Dakota State University and for Young Beginning Farmers (YBF) for ag education training.
Supporting Commodities and Agriculture Groups
AgCountry partners with groups like the Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Farm Rescue, Agri Women and many Extension and Farm Safety programs to support producers and agriculture advocacy efforts.
AgCountry donates to a variety of local causes, including several local United Way chapters, the American Cancer Society and Heart Walks. Through their local offices, AgCountry makes annual donations to local hunger-related organizations and food shelves in each community.
Through AgCountry’s “Give Back” volunteer program, employees are allowed a set number of paid hours each year to spend volunteering for a cause of their choice.