Rural Development & Lending Conference

Planned by the GBA Agriculture Committee, this conference provides outstanding speakers and timely topics concerning community, economic and agribusiness development with an overall emphasis on more jobs for our state, particularly for non-urban communities.

2020 Ag Connect: Virtual Rural Banking Conference

GBA's 2020 Rural Development and Lending Conference was redesigned in an online learning format with five virtual sessions recorded over May 18-21, 2020. The conference sessions are now available for purchase as OnDemand recordings.

Conference Sessions

Washington Update
Ed Elfmann, American Bankers Association

The latest from D.C. on national and international agribusiness and trade policy, along with updates on various pandemic aid programs related to ag and rural banking.

Economic Update
John Newton, Ph.D, Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Commodity Update
Plenn Hunnicutt, South Georgia Crop Insurance, Inc.

How are the basic crop commodities faring as spring planting season is closing and agribusinesses are factoring in effects of the pandemic? Hunnicutt gives us an update.

Growing Georgia’s Economy through Property Rights: Removing Barriers to Lending
Skipper G. StipeMaas, JD, Executive Director, Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, Inc.

The Georgia Heirs Property Law Center is a not-for-profit law firm that helps heirs property owners, nonprofits, and municipalities remediate fractured title, increase equity, and transfer wealth to the next generation through title clearing, wills creation, estate planning, and facilitating access to government, private sector and nonprofit land management/home improvement programs. The center has served Georgia since 2015. Ms. StipeMass discusses the center’s work throughout the state working with various stakeholders including banks and their clients.

Forestry Update
Chuck Williams, Director/State Forester, Georgia Forestry Commission

Forestry and agriculture are closely linked to economic vitality in rural Georgia. Chuck Williams, former bank CEO and past GBA Chairman, discusses the role timber plays in job creation and what community banks should think about as they look at opportunities to finance the industry or businesses reliant on it.

Pricing and How to Order

The GBA 2020 Ag Connect recording package is $150 and includes all five sessions.

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Special Thanks to 2020 Presenting Sponsor

Mark Faas, CEO

GBA Contact

Alison Moreau
Professional Development Manager