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2022 FINPACK Lenders Conference

The 2022 FINPACK Lenders Conference will be held in-person in 2022. Conference Information Date: December 13-14, 2022Location: Radisson Blu Mall of America - Bloomington, MN Dr. David Kohl returns to the FINPACK Lenders Conference + a full lineup of speakers. We will...

FINPACK Digest – June 2022

Credit scorecards, the FINPACK advanced training survey, register now for Lender training, and The FINPACK digest is published every month and links to all the FINPACK News post published in the previous four weeks. Want notifications on FINPACK news posts sooner?...

How to develop financial statements and what to do with them

Farmers prefer to spend their time in the tractor or barn... and less time to develop financial statements. Because of this, many farmers and ranchers struggle when preparing financial records for their businesses. Here are two questions we often hear from farmers and...

Training & Events Update

October training for Lenders, Training for Educators and Professionals, and save the date for the 2022 FINPACK Lender's Conference FINPACK Training for Lenders in October Registration is open for the next FINPACK Lender training on October 11th and 12th on the...

How to Design and Use Credit Decision Scorecards

Using Credit Decision Scorecards in your credit decisioning represents a convenient way to 'filter' loan applications. By applying some basic criteria, you can quickly decide if a credit request is straightforward and can be approved or denied as is, or if it needs...

Advanced FINPACK Credit Analysis Training

Would Advanced FINPACK Training be useful to you and/or your Team? We are looking for your thoughts on training topics, modality, timing, and more. Please complete our survey to offer your feedback. Take Our Brief Survey As a reminder, the FINPACK Team is always...

FINPACK Digest – May 2022

1. Cover Crop Financial Data Profitability The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) collaborated with the Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) to integrate a new data gathering process into FINBIN — the largest publicly-available farm financial database...

How To Use Tasks To Speed Up Credit Decisions

Speeding up the credit decision process is vital. While striving to be as methodical and rigorous as possible in their evaluation of every loan request received, lenders need to get to a decision in as timely a fashion as possible. Using a coherent 'tickler' or task...

Using Core Data in FINPACK+

https://vimeo.com/705769854/86a95ea1be Wynn Richardson gives an overview of how the FINPACK+ API can connect your core system with FINPACK+. Learn how to import customer, account and loan data from your core system into FINPACK+ to use in a FINPACK credit analysis....

How to Use Portfolio Risk Analyst (PRA)

Each borrower, be they Ag or Commercial, has their own unique business risks. You also need to know how your entire loan portfolio is positioned to face the volatility of today's business environment. PRA (Portfolio Risk Analyst) creates a database of your Ag or...

FINPACK Digest: April 2022

From April: FINPACK Credit Analysis Tools for commercial customers, an overview of Global Cash Flow Analysis, celebrating ICBA Community Bank Month, and training workshops update. 1. FINPACK Credit Analysis Tools for Commercial Customers FINPACK offers credit analysis...

How to use Global Cash Flow Analysis

Global Cash Flow Analysis is a widely used financial analysis tool to evaluate more complex borrowers. The Global Cash Flow Analysis tool included in both the Ag and Commercial versions of FINPACK calculates a global debt coverage ratio when commingling the...

FINPACK Credit Analysis Tools for Commercial Customers

FINPACK offers credit analysis solutions for both Agricultural and Commercial credits. If you've been using FINPACK primarily for Ag credits and your Commercial portfolio has been growing, now might be the time to look at FINPACK Commercial Credit Analysis tools. The...

In challenging 2021, Minnesota farmers’ bottom line improves

Minnesota farms saw continued financial improvement in 2021, despite the drought conditions that affected much of the state during the production year. Crop yields were near trendline even with the difficult growing conditions. With strong prices throughout the year...

FINPACK Digest – March 2022

A new white paper on accessing legacy presentation templates, lender training registration now open for May, and a reminder on online training. 1. Accessing FINPACK Legacy Presentations A new presentation text editor was introduced into existing FINPACK credit...

Workflow FAQ in FINPACK+

The workflow feature in FINPACK+ helps lenders standardize the decision process from loan request to closing. Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about using a workflow: "We’ve never used a workflow before. Is there a steep learning curve?" You...

Document Management in FINPACK+

The Document Management tool in FINPACK+ integrates with both Workflows and Credit Analysis to streamline the credit decision process, reduce paper, and provide you with a 'one-stop shop' for all loan-related documents. This paperless solution can manage loan-related...

FINPACK Lender Training Workshop – May 2022

The Center for Farm Financial Management is once again offering a FINPACK training workshop for agricultural and commercial lenders, and we are delighted to welcome participants back in person! The workshop will take place May 10 -11, 2022 on the University of...

How To Enter Finance Leases in FINPACK

"When should a lease be recorded on the balance sheet?"   "If a lease is included on the balance sheet,  how do you determine the asset value and loan balance?" These are frequent questions as the use of leases for machinery, buildings, and other assets...

FINPACK Updates: Core Interface API, Loan Presentation & More!

Our team continually improves the efficiency and functionality of FINPACK. We're excited to highlight a few of the additional enhancements to our credit analysis software, including an API core interface for FINPACK + and updates to loan presentations and balance...

2022 National School for Beginning Ag Bankers

The FINPACK Team wants to alert you to an outstanding educational opportunity - the 2022 National School for Beginning Ag Bankers, being held June 20-23 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. CFFM has had a long relationship with this school, and our staff...

FINPACK is here to help

The FINPACK Team is always available to help with your questions and provide the training you need. Whether you are a novice user just getting to grips with the software, or an experienced user wanting to dive deeper into the FINPACK tools and functionality, we are to...

Farm Financial Trends and 2022 Outlook

The farm financial landscape is now seeing much-needed improvement as the past few years have provided producers with some challenges, but also many opportunities. As a part of our annual conference, the FINPACK Team gives a lay of the farm financial landscape...

ABA Agricultural Bankers Conference 2021

The FINPACK team at ABA Agricultural Bankers Conference The FINPACK team was pleased as always to participate in the 2021 ABA Agricultural Bankers Conference in Cincinnati. We were proud to host the Pre-Conference Seminar together with Farmer Mac, featuring...

FINPACK Fall 2021 Update – What’s New?

The 2021 FINPACK Credit Analysis update has been released. Each year, we roll out enhancements and additions to the FINPACK Credit Analysis software with the fall release. With updates to Presentations, Detailed Balance Sheets, Cash Flow Projections and of course, the...

2021 ABA National Agricultural Banker Conference

Make plans to join the FINPACK Team in Cincinnati at the 2021 ABA National Agricultural Bankers Conference Nov. 14-17.  FINPACK, Farmer Mac, and Dr. Kohl kick off the conference on Sunday afternoon as hosts of the Pre-Conference Seminar titled, "Speeding...

Register for the 2021 FINPACK Lenders Conference

After much thought and discussion, the decision has been made to change the 2021 FINPACK Lenders Conference to a virtual-only event. Our goal is a safe event for all attendees. 2021 Conference Details Date: December 14-15, 2021 Location: Virtual Pre-registration is...

FINPACK+: Task Lists for efficient loan processing

Task Lists in FINPACK+ help manage the efficiency and timeliness of loan processing activities for your team. Task Lists provide a ‘to-do’ list for credit team members, to ensure all steps of the credit process from request through the life of the loan are completed...

Farm Financial Standards Council 2021 Update

The Farm Financial Standards Council (FFSC) recently held its annual meeting where several updates were approved for the Financial Guidelines for Agriculture. These updates will be officially released in the 2022 version of the Guidelines. Here are some highlight the...