Kevin Swayne

Opportunities on the Horizon

The most common stockholder question we have fielded over the past couple of years is “How do I position my operation for the future?”  Recently, I’ve started getting another question: “Is this a good time to expand my operation?”  Depressed commodity prices and lower land values have kept most producers…

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High Plains Stockholders to Receive Largest Ever Patronage

High Plains Farm Credit finished the year with over $27 million in record earnings. In doing so, the Board of Directors has agreed to payout the largest ever patronage dividend to the stockholders. The patronage equates to nearly a 0.85% return on business volume totaling, drum roll please, $9,400,000.  HPFC…

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Kevin Swayne

Membership Has Its Privileges

October is National Cooperative Month which brings attention to the multiple ways cooperatives help build more vibrant rural communities and improve the livelihood of their members.  This newsletter is a shining example of how High Plains Farm Credit is an active financial cooperative that shares its success with our customer-stockholders.…

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Kansas Takes the Lead in Cattle Disease Traceability

Kansas is among the nation’s leaders in the beef industry. One factor that makes the beef supply chain so strong in Kansas is that every segment exists here. An important partner in the industry is our agricultural lenders. As the beef industry, in collaboration with K-State, the Kansas Department of…

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Kevin Swayne

Wrapping Up 2018

I think the old adage is 100% accurate: “Time goes by faster as we get older.” I am still struggling to come to grips with the fact we are wrapping up 2018. This has been a challenging and, in most cases, a rewarding year for our stockholders. We started the…

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Howard Ziegler

Howard Ziegler – Celebrating 39 Years

Thanks for 39 years! Howard Ziegler, of Olathe (formerly of Hays), will be retiring at the end of December after 39 years of service with Farm Credit. Since his first day in January of 1980, Howard has held many roles within Farm Credit, with his most recent role being Senior…

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Beef Battalion Donation

Donation to Beef Battalion

High Plains Farm Credit Donates to Beef Battalion High Plains Farm Credit partnered with CoBank’s sharing success program to donate $10,000 to the All American Beef Battalion (AABB). The AABB, also known as Steaks for Troops, is a group of individuals involved in the United States beef cattle industry working…

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2018 Farm Bill Is On The Move

Kevin SwaynePresident & CEO In April, High Plains Farm Credit held stockholder appreciation events at each branch location.  This is one of the highlights of our year, when we take time to stop, say thank you, and show appreciation to you, our customer-stockholders, for doing business with High Plains Farm…

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Internship Turns Into Job Opportunity

MacKenzie ThornburgAppraisal Trainee | Larned Office My name is MacKenzie Thornburg, and I just finished my spring internship at High Plains Farm Credit. I grew up in Great Bend, Kansas and headed to college right after high school. In college I was on the Livestock Judging Team and involved in…

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High Plains Farm Credit 2017 Land Report

Kirk Green – Sr. Appraiser Phillipsburg Office The year-end land value trends for the association have recently been completed and offer an interesting look at what land values are doing in our area. Our association keeps records of land sales in our area and each year we analyze these sales…

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An Association to be Proud of!

Matt Thielen | Director When I moved back to my family farming operation in 2008, the wheat price was over $9/bu, milo was close to $5/bu, and feeder cattle were around $0.90/cwt—with feeders getting as high as $2.20/cwt.  Since then we have seen grain and cattle prices go up and…

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Proud FHSU Supporters!

Directors, Staff and HPFC are proud supporters of Fort Hays State University. High Plains Farm Credit sponsored the January 18th games against Missouri Western. Directors, Staff and families cheered the Tigers to victories and threw out mini-basketballs to the crowd.

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Record Dividends

Kristen WindscheffelChief Financial Officer Because at High Plains we understand that our success is dependent on your success, we are proud to announce that our Board of Directors approved a $4,400,000 cash patronage payout to be returned to stockholders in April. The payout will be based on business conducted with…

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Thank you for 38 years Vickie!

Vickie Leiker, of Ness City, is retiring at the end of this year after 38 years of service. Over the years, Vickie has been an integral part of the Association holding various roles throughout her career, most recently as part of Association’s accounting group. “My favorite thing is just being…

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Farm Credit History – The BioStar

Many of you may remember the Farm Credit logos developed in 1963. Prior to that Farm Credit had hundreds of logos, so an effort was made to develop a more streamlined, purposeful logo. A circular emblem was produced to represent Farm Credit’s all inclusive services. As one Farm Credit article…

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