The CSU Premier Farm Credit Student Board of Directors gives 10 students an opportunity to work on real-life projects, expand their professional network, and get course credit. Spots are open for the 2017-2018 academic year - submit your application today! Applications due October 27, 2017.

Why Apply?

Student Board members get 1 credit of independent study for Spring 2018

Monetary honorarium of $250

Exposure to potential employers

Expand your professional network

Build your resume

Timeline (tentative)

October 27 - Applications due

November 8 - Orientation and project selection meeting @ Premier Farm Credit in Sterling

November 10 - begin weekly meetings

April 20 - final presentations to Premier Farm Credit staff and Board of Directors, @ CSU

Please submit paper applications to Dr. Bonanno, Clark B327. Submit electronic applications to alessandro.bonanno@colostate.edu with the subject “Premier Farm Credit Student Board Application.”

The Student Board of Directors will choose 2 of the following projects, then divide into teams to complete each:

· Financial Literacy Guide for Young, Beginning and Small Farmers – Create a shareable electronic and print Ag Financial Literacy guide for existing and new YBS borrowers (raw material is in place, simply needs consolidated and polished). Identify ways Premier can share this information in our area and better reach this market.

· Precision Ag Technology – Research and present information on available variable rate irrigation and how farmers can better apply and use water on the farm. Create a one-page summary to be shared with customers.

· Farm Transfer & Estate Planning Seminar – Create a one-day seminar for area producers featuring a prominent speaker/speaker panel that covers the basics of estate planning and transferring the farm to the next generation. Create take-away materials for attendees and an Executive Summary for those unable to attend.

· Living Expenses – Identify ways to reduce living expenses in tough ag economic times, create a tracking worksheet for borrowers to capture annual living expenses, research and identify budgeting tools, and research annual living expenses to establish a baseline for customers.

? Have questions? Please contact Dr. Alessandro Bonanno, Clark B327, or email alessandro.bonanno@colostate.edu. You can also contact Premier Farm Credit