Terrain™ Launches with Powerhouse of Ag Economists and Market Analysts

rugged landscape with Terrain Logo on top

American AgCredit, Farm Credit Services of America, and Frontier Farm Credit partner to expand educational offerings to their customers

OMAHA, Neb., and SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Terrain, a new source of agricultural industry analysis for U.S. farmers and ranchers, launches today, Nov. 7, 2022. Three leading Farm Credit Associations – American AgCredit, Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit – partnered to establish and offer Terrain to their customers.

“Serving farmers and ranchers – from everything between Iowa’s hog and corn farmers to California’s dairy and vineyard owners – is our shared mission,” said Curt Hudnutt, CEO of American AgCredit. “To continue to grow our customers’ success, we combined the scale of Farm Credit Services of America, American AgCredit and Frontier Farm Credit to create Terrain’s industry-leading team.”

Don Close, an internationally recognized leader in cattle marketing and policy, leads the Terrain team. Close, who serves as Terrain’s chief research and analytics officer, and the rest of the team bring extensive experience providing insight and analysis across the food and agricultural value chain. The team includes:

  • David Weaber, senior animal protein analyst, whose career analyzing live animal and meat businesses has spanned the entire meat supply chain for beef, pork and poultry
  • Ben Laine, senior dairy analyst, an economist who has dedicated his career to helping dairy producers manage price, trading and other external risks
  • Matthew Roberts, Ph.D., senior grain and oilseed analyst, a recognized public speaker, economist and former 15-year Extension grain marketing specialist
  • Cody Barilla, grain and oilseed analyst, who has a wealth of on-the-ground experience in appraising, crop farming and the Extension Service.
  • Matthew Clark, senior rural economy analyst, known for his ability to distill how macroeconomic trends impact everyday agriculture, drawing on his experience as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Heather Stettner, engagement director, a public relations, communications, and marketing specialist whose career has spanned most of agriculture’s industries

Terrain’s experts share insights on trends and market-moving events through reports, videos, presentations and more. Visit terrainag.com for Terrain’s current perspective on the impact of interest rates on agricultural loans, a discussion on how grain storage costs change with interest rates, and insights on the near-term risks for the hog farming sector.

Mark Jensen, CEO of Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit, said, “We recognize that our customers’ needs are evolving. Many of our customers are looking for more insight to help them navigate the constant changes and complex factors affecting their markets. Terrain provides unique expertise to support the future of agriculture and rural communities.” 

Media Contact:  Heather Stettner, Engagement Manager, Terrain

About Terrain

Terrain is an exclusive offering of American AgCredit, Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit, whose customers have access to Terrain’s analysis of economic factors, trends and agricultural markets. To take a look at the information that Terrain has to offer, go to terrainag.com.

About American AgCredit

American AgCredit was chartered in 1916 as part of the nationwide Farm Credit System and is the nation’s fourth-largest Farm Credit association. American AgCredit specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada and Oklahoma, and serves capital market customers throughout the United States. Learn more at agloan.com.

About Farm Credit Services of America

Farm Credit Services of America is a customer-owned financial cooperative proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With nearly $37.6 billion in assets and $6.9 billion in members’ equity, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at fcsamerica.com.

About Frontier Farm Credit

Frontier Farm Credit operates in alliance with Farm Credit Services of America to provide credit and insurance services to agriculture and rural communities in eastern Kansas.  The association has nearly $2.6 billion in assets and $547 million in members’ equity. Learn more at frontierfarmcredit.com.

Media and Communications Inquiries

Contact our Marketing and Public Relations Team for media and communications inquiries.

Recent News Releases

  • checkmark on wooden table

    Mar 25, 2024

    Farm Credit Services of America Announces 2024 Board Election Results

    Farm Credit Services of America stockholders elected two agricultural producers to the financial cooperative’s Board of Directors. A third Director was re-appointed to the Board.

  • student planting seeds

    Feb 05, 2024

    Q4 2023 Working Here Fund Grants Awarded

    136 nonprofit organizations received grants to support agriculture and rural communities.

  • Rural Landscape with Count on It Graphic

    Jan 30, 2024

    Estimated $357 Million in Cash-Back Dividends to Customer-Owners Across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming

    Cash-back dividends are returned to customer-owners as part of the financial cooperative’s patronage program.