YFR Executive Institute


Farm Credit West and Farm Credit Services Southwest recognize that preserving the future of agriculture means ensuring young farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals have a strong business management and financial knowledge base. As such, we annually host leadership training opportunities and financial management seminars focused on helping these young agricultural operators survive – and thrive.

The three-day Institute is held on California’s Central Coast. Professors from the Agribusiness Department at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, as well as Farm Credit West staff and local agribusiness professionals, present topics and lead discussions. This program is designed for young agricultural operators who are:

  • Farm Credit West/Farm Credit Services Southwest customers and/or their adult children, between the ages of 21 and 35.
  • In a position of increasing responsibilities in existing and viable operations.
  • In a position to someday have a vested interest therein and/or currently hold positions in management.

Since its inception, the Institute has graduated more than 252 professionals, providing these individuals with a strong foundation, and the knowledge to manage all available resources for business success.

If you have any questions or want more information on the Farm Credit West Young Farmer/Rancher Executive Institute please contact Michelle Paul at 916-780-1166 or michelle.paul@farmcreditwest.com.