CultivateGrowth Mentorship


Mentoring the Next Generation

Experience often times is the best teacher. Our CultivateGrowth Mentorship helps the next generation learn from the experience of others. Through this program, young, beginning and small farmers partner with experienced mentors generating an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge.

Professional business coaches and mentoring consultants facilitate the 18 month program. The program begins with a day of training and includes several coordinated conversations and site visits to mentor and mentee farms throughout the year. Some key areas of focus include: creating an effective business plan, managing risk, utilizing resources and overseeing day-to-day operations. Though these relationships will last long after, the official program concludes with a group celebration event at the end of the program.

Value to Mentor

  • Satisfaction of helping and teaching the next generation
  • Learning new ideas
  • Gaining experience in the art of mentorship

Value to Mentee

  • Gaining broad knowledge of industry dynamics and practices
  • Networking with key industry contacts
  • Understanding today’s agriculture business model 


Program Details

The 2020 - 2022 CultivateGrowth Mentorship class kicked off in September 2020 and will celebrate their program conclusion in April 2022. If you would like to learn more about the program or sign-up for the 2022 program, contact your financial services officer or a branch near you


Grant program

Helps offset the cost of educational programs and business services for young, beginning and small farmers

CultivateGrowth program

As lenders to rural America and production agriculture, we understand the challenges young, beginning, and small farmers face when starting their own farm or taking on ownership of a multi-generational farm and as such, we work to provide the educational and financial resources needed to help establish a solid foundation.