Farm Finance Launches Farmers on the Rise Awards Program

Mechanicsburg, Pa., Aug. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Horizon Farm Credit recently announced its second annual Farmers on the Rise program, awarding up to ten $10,000 prizes to young, beginning, small, minority farmers and/or veterans in their footprint.

“This awards program was created to honor ten outstanding farm owner-operators within the diverse farming community who are looking to grow their existing farm business,” said Tom Truitt, CEO of Horizon Farm Credit. “Those selected to receive an award will be recognized based on their agricultural efforts, financial character, leadership, community involvement and environmental stewardship.”

The competition is open to applicants who identify with at least one of the following categories:

  • between 18 and 35 years old,
  • minority operator,
  • veteran operator,
  • operate a small farm with an annual gross farm income of less than $250,000,
  • or a beginning farmer with at least two years of farming experience, but no more than 10 years.

In 2021, Farm Credit awarded six Farmers on the Rise award winners. “Agricultural businesses ranged from livestock and grain to aquaponics and products for urban communities and CSAs,” says Johanna Rohrer, member education and YBS program specialist at Horizon Farm Credit. “Our judging panel is looking forward to reviewing the entries this year and seeing the inspiring dreams of growers in our region.”

This program is open to all farmers. You do not need to be a Farm Credit customer to apply, but you must reside within the Horizon Farm Credit footprint. The deadline to submit an application is September 30, 2022. For more eligibility requirements and to apply, visit If you have any questions about this program or app, please email

About Horizon Agricultural Finance
Horizon Farm Credit is an agricultural credit cooperative, part of the national agricultural credit system, owned by its borrowing members. The Association has over 22,900 members and over $5.9 billion in outstanding loans. Horizon Farm Credit serves Delaware, Pennsylvania, and parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia by providing agricultural loans for land, equipment, livestock, and production; crop insurance; and rural housing loans. Learn more at



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