Earlier today, Farm Credit West – a cooperative lending institution focusing exclusively on the agriculture industry – announced strong financial results for 2020 with continued growth in net income, earning assets and capital. These strong results positively positioned the Association to distribute 1.5% of eligible average outstanding loan balances in 2020 to customer-owners in a cash patronage dividend.
Farm Credit West, ACA recently announced the Board of Directors has voted to distribute a patronage dividend to customer-owners equal to 150 basis points (bps) or 1.50% of eligible average outstanding loan balances in 2020. This patronage dividend includes a special pandemic related relief payment of 50 bps distributed to customers during the summer of 2020.
After leaving the Air Force in 2012 with a service-connected disability, Robert Barnett was looking for a new career when he fell into farming by accident by gardening at his family’s home in Ventura, even though “it was years before I could grow something,” he recalled.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face financial challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and related market disruptions.