2020-2021 Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics Participants Graduate

STATESVILLE, NC – Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit is pleased to announce the participants who recently graduated from the 12th annual Ag Biz Planner program and the 5th annual Ag Biz Basics program.

This year, the programs included a total of 50 participants from four Farm Credit Associations throughout North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The graduating participants from Carolina Farm Credit were:

Jeffrey and Ginger Frembling from High Point, NC
Caleb Green and Melissa Mock from Casar, NC
Nicholas LaSala, Jr. from Cameron, NC
Amanda Gentry and Wendy Painter from Crumpler, NC
Bruce and Carolyn Evans from Flat Rock, NC
Landon and Autumn Hunter from Yadkinville, NC
Kevin and Kendall Ward from Maiden, NC
Spencer Shoaf from Lexington, NC
Kyle and April Bevel, and Clayton Reese from Rutherfordton, NC
Daniel and Jessica Miller from Zionville, NC
Thomas and Holly Welsh from Monroe, NC

The Farm Credit University (FCU) Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics programs were developed and led by Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus from Virginia Tech. Dr. Kohl is considered an agricultural finance and business management expert. The courses teach young, beginning, small, veteran, and/or minority farmers new business skills to successfully manage and grow their operations.

In addition to the online course, participants had a close mentoring relationship with a Carolina Farm Credit loan officer that served as coach and facilitator as their participants worked through the material, leading to the creation of a business plan for their farms. The mentors this year were Steven Robbins from the Asheboro branch, Suzette Smith from the Shelby branch, Barron Maness from the Carthage branch, Nick McGlamery from the Jefferson branch, Brooks Owenby from the Hendersonville Branch, Devin Carter from the Yadkinville branch, Mindy Herman from the Taylorsville branch, Hope Weavil from the Lexington branch, James Conley from the Spindale branch, Daniel Brown from the Jefferson branch, and Rebecca Tarlton from the Monroe branch.

The course recently concluded with a virtual conference in January where the participants shared their business plans and had a chance to network with other participants and Dr. Kohl.  The conference also featured presentations from Dr. Alex White – Dairy Science Professor at Virginia Tech, who spoke on the importance of sound personal finances. 

“Our Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics programs are two more ways that Carolina Farm Credit helps support agriculture and the rural communities in which we live and serve. The programs allow young, beginning, and small farmers the opportunity to learn many valuable lessons that will help make their businesses successful,” says Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO, Carolina Farm Credit. 

To learn more about Carolina Farm Credits Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics programs and to apply, please visit our website.

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 29 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.

For over 100 years, Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.

Carolina Farm Credit serves over 11,500 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.7 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.

Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are David M. Coltrane, Chairman, Pleasant Garden; Vickie N. Smitherman, Vice-Chair, East Bend; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; Leslie G. Sparks, DVM, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Dan A. Hunsucker, Conover; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.