Message from the President

Welcome to the Ag Lenders Society of California!

Since 1988, we have worked towards providing the best in agricultural-based training and education to our members. Through the Ag Lenders Institute and the Fresno State Craig School of Business, Ag Lenders is becoming an organization recognized throughout the country. In 2017, Ag Lenders will be hosting several new programs and events to provide relevant educational and networking opportunities for our members.

Education
In conjunction with the annual Ag Lending Institute (ALI) program, we are increasing the amount of training available to members throughout the year. These programs will be available as preparation for the ALI program, or simply as refresher courses. Short courses will be offered in a variety of relevant topics, from accounting to legal and everything in-between. Taught by working professionals in their field of expertise, these courses will provide up-to-date, real world application.

Networking
Ag Lenders is a unique association, in that our industry has a wide variety of professions within it. Member professions range from bankers, attorneys, accountants, and so forth; all with specializations geared towards agriculture.  This provides us a wide array of knowledge and experience. In the upcoming year, we will offer social mixers to encourage our members to connect, share, and have fun.  Additionally, during the year we provide a number of field tours to provide our members to expand their perspectives with a chance to experience a variety of different Ag production operations.

Ag Lenders is an association with tremendous potential to positively influence many individuals. Through scholarships and internships, we are working to prepare the next generation of Ag professionals to handle future challenges.  Through our social functions and increased education programs, we hope to extend our reach and influence a great many more people. The Ag Lenders Board of Directors remains committed to moving this organization forward and towards its full potential.
 
Whether an existing or prospective member, 2017 promises to be an exciting year for this organization.  I encourage all of you to take part in Ag Lenders as we move forward.
 
Sincerely,

Michael Gomez 
President – Ag Lenders Society of California