2022 Companion Contest Winner Announced

2022 Companion Contest Winner Announced

STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit is happy to announce that the grand prize winner of this year’s Companion contest is Sara Lawson with her Charolais cows from Stokes County, NC. This marks the second year in a row that a cow has taken home the top prize for the Companion Contest.

Carolina Farm Credit’s annual Companion Contest encourages people residing within the Carolina Farm Credit territory to submit photos of their farm animals and family pets. The animal with the most votes at the end of the contest wins a grand prize; this year’s prize was a $300 Tractor Supply gift card.

88 photos were entered in the Companion Contest with 36 moving on to the finalist voting period, which garnered almost 1,400 votes. The grand prize winner and the 36 finalists can be viewed here until the end of 2022: https://bit.ly/3zcU38i.

“Our contests, like our Companion Contest, are just another way that Carolina Farm Credit helps support our local communities. It’s a fun way that we can interact with our communities, highlight community members, and give back. At Carolina Farm Credit, supporting rural America is a big part of our mission, and when you can find other ways to do that, especially in an entertaining way like a contest that gets the whole community involved, it’s really special”, says Carolina Farm Credit CEO Vance Dalton.


Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative that provides financing to full and part-time farmers, agricultural-related businesses, and for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 29 branch offices. Appraisal and Leasing services are also available.

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 12,000 members with outstanding loans totaling more than $1.9 billion. The cooperative’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 Vickie N. Smitherman, Chair, East Bend; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Vice-Chair, Waynesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; Andrew W. Burleson, New London; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Dan A. Hunsucker, Conover; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; J. Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Leslie G. Sparks, DVM, Sparta; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.