EARLY, Texas — The board of directors of Central Texas Farm Credit, a rural financing cooperative, recently approved the payment of a record $6.3 million cash patronage refund to its customers, based on its solid earnings in 2017. Checks will be mailed to customers in March.
The record patronage will reduce the effective interest rate paid by each borrower in 2017 by an average of 1.5 percent. Member payments will vary as patronage is calculated based on their contribution to the associations’ profitability.
“We are pleased that our cooperative has the financial strength to provide this all cash patronage refund to our customers, who collectively own the business,” said Jimmy Chambers, Central Texas Farm Credit chief executive officer. “We are committed to sharing our earnings with them, and are proud to be able to thank them for their business in this way.”
As a customer-owned cooperative, Central Texas Farm Credit provides its members with financing at competitive rates, and also returns its surplus earnings to them after it has met its needs for a strong capital base. Borrowers become stockholders and part-owners in the business, which gives them the opportunity to share in its financial success.
Central Texas Farm Credit provides financing for all types of rural real estate, including farms, ranches, rural homes and recreational property. The lender also finances livestock, equipment and the working capital needs of farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses. The Early-headquartered cooperative has branch offices in Brady, Coleman, Comanche, Early, Haskell, San Angelo, and San Saba. It is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.
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