Our speaker has over 40 years of experience in agricultural finance. He spent 25 years in Washington, DC directing the agricultural banking policies of the American Bankers Association. Before that he was a commercial banker in central New York State focused on lending to dairy farmers.

Five years ago John founded Agricultural Banking Advisory Services, an independent consultancy that is dedicated to helping community bankers improve their ag lending programs with the goal of making more credit available to farmers and ranchers. Since starting his company Blanchfield has published over 20 articles on ag banking and has delivered more than 60 speeches to bankers and their farm and ranch customers.

In 2015 the American Bankers Association created a new award named in his honor that celebrates his commitment to agricultural banking. Today, ABA selects a new Blanchfield Award recipient annually.

He and his wife live in Damascus, Maryland and Custer, South Dakota.



Nutrition & Food Science

California State University, Chico

Bio coming soon.

Organic Trade Association


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National Organic Coalition


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