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Heartland Bank teams up with NZ Young Farmers
Chris Cowell, Head of Rural at Heartland Bank, said that the agri-food sector is a vital part of New Zealand’s economy and needs young, talented people to fuel it into the future.
“NZ Young Farmers has 80 clubs across the country, providing young people with information, advice, training and networking opportunities, and Heartland is excited to be part of the wider team,” said Mr Cowell.
“Working with NZ Young Farmers gives us the opportunity to put our Open for Livestock* products, which we are immensely proud of, in front of a new audience. We want to raise awareness of how they can help give young farmers a leg-up, whether it be buying cattle or sheep for trading, or entering the dairy industry as sharemilkers.
“As we don’t require a guarantee like other banks, young people are able to access finance without tying the loan to property or relying on their parents as guarantors.”
Another benefit of Open for Livestock is that busy farmers can apply for finance online and receive a decision within minutes.
NZ Young Farmers Chief Executive Terry Copeland said the organisation was proud to be partnering with a company whose heritage was firmly planted in rural New Zealand.
“Heartland’s roots stretch back to 1875, when the Ashburton Permanent Building and Investment Society was created,” said Mr Copeland. “The bank is a big supporter of rural communities and we believe it will be an excellent fit with our organisation.”