Curtis and Marla Stallbaumer have been impressed by the way Farm Credit Services of America’s involvement in the agriculture community expands beyond financial services and support.
Curtis and Marla live in Oconto, Nebraska where they farm grain and raise beef cattle.
Farm Progress Show
Each year, Marla helps to put on a Farm Progress Show. She is part of a committee of four who collaborate to host the event, and it’s no small task. The group has been working together on the farm progress show for over three years and rely on outside contributors to donate the money necessary for a successful event. And Farm Credit Services of America has been there to help.
“They made a huge financial donation to [the farm progress show] to get us off the ground and get us running,” Marla said.
Contributions that extend beyond donations
Farm Credit’s support doesn’t stop at donations. Farm Credit Services of America has also supported Marla’s efforts by encouraging employees to volunteer at the event. “That’s big, for an organization to put their people out there,” Marla said.
Not only does Farm Credit Services of America send volunteers, but the folks that attend really enjoy it and, in Marla’s experience, do a standup job. “They're great with the kids and everything that's going on,” she said.
Throughout her experience working with Farm Credit Services of America, Marla has been particularly impressed by Farm Credit employees’ intentional efforts to integrate themselves into the community and get involved in agricultural activities beyond simply providing loans and financial services. “That’s huge, I think, to be part of the community,” she said.