Ag Biz Planner & Ag Biz Basics Program Participants Announced

Ag Biz Planner & Ag Biz Basics Program Participants Announced

STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit is excited to announce that participants for the Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics courses have been selected. The Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics courses offer e-learning financial and business planning curriculums which include budgeting, completing financial statements, business management, and other money matters essential to a farm’s success. Each participant or participating pair will work with an experienced Carolina Farm Credit Lender mentor throughout the program.

Ag Biz Planner participants or participating pairs:
Darrell Kind of Harrisburg, NC, is being mentored by Danelle Cutting, Lender in the Salisbury branch. Darrell currently operates a greenhouse, raising decorative plants, tomatoes, herbs, spices, onions, and more.

Melissa and Ronald Kidd from Seagrove, NC, will be mentored by Kyla Craven, a Lender from Carolina Farm Credit’s Carthage branch. Melissa and Ronald currently run a commercial poultry farm. They also raise Kiko goats.

Melanie and Sam Gibson from Yanceyville, NC, will be mentored by Megan Patton, Lender from Carolina Farm Credit’s Yanceyville Branch. Melanie and Sam plan to grow and harvest timber, as well as expand into livestock production in the future.

Logan Jones of Lexington, NC will be mentored by Lender Sarah Justice from Carolina Farm Credit’s Lexington branch. Logan has a small feeder cattle operation that he plans to expand in the future.
Sierra and Stephen Bryant from Bakersville, NC, will be mentored by Lender Jeremy Ballard from the Burnsville branch of Carolina Farm Credit. The couple produces and sells tomatoes to local grocery stores.

Ava and Neal Morgan from Leicester, NC, will be mentored by Lender Kate Burger from the Asheville branch of Carolina Farm Credit. Ava and Neal have a cow-calf operation from which they sell stockers and freezer beef. They also grow and sell hay.

Ag Biz Basics participants or participating pairs:
Michele and Christopher Paige of Banner Elk, NC, are being mentored by Daniel Brown, Lender from Carolina Farm Credit’s Jefferson branch. The Paiges are beginning and small farmers who are looking to gain agricultural finance knowledge for starting their farm.

Jamie and Jonathan Simmons from Jamestown, NC, are being mentored by Addie Thornley, Lender from Carolina Farm Credit’s Brown Summit branch. They are beginning farmers with plans to produce and sell hay.

Harry Halpin of Chapel Hill, NC, is being mentored by Bill Miller, Lender from Carolina Farm Credit’s Graham branch. Harry is a beginning farmer who plans to grow and sell fruits and vegetables.

Marquis and Ashley Johnson of Charlotte, NC, are being mentored by Meredith Willis, Lender in the Lincolnton Branch. Marquis and Ashley are beginning farmers who plan to grow produce using high tunnel farming.

Jennifer Permar of Greensboro, NC, is being mentored by Lender Wanda Harris from the Brown Summit branch. Jennifer is a young and beginning farmer who plans to begin a vegetable and fruit producing CSA operation.

Casey and Mallory Croyle of Trinity, NC, are being mentored by Lender Scott Smith from the Asheboro branch. Casey and Mallory are young and beginning farmers who are looking to gain agricultural finance knowledge for starting their own family farm.

Ramana Mosali and Swathi Mothkupally of Cary, NC, are being mentored by Lender Carey Owens from the Graham branch. Ramana and Swathi are young and beginning farmers who plan to grow and sell fruits and vegetables at local markets.

“This year’s selected Ag Biz Planner and Basics participants have diverse agricultural backgrounds. This program will allow them to examine their operations and find areas for improvement. This program is just another way that Carolina Farm Credit helps support agriculture and our local communities,” said Carolina Farm Credit CEO Vance Dalton.

Carolina Farm Credit is offering these two Farm Credit University on-line courses in conjunction with the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina and Virginia including AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Farm Credit of the Virginias, and Colonial Farm Credit. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with producers from these other associations throughout the program. They will also be able to network with all participants at a conference at the conclusion of the program in Raleigh, NC.

Farm Credit’s e-learning courses target young, beginning, small, minority, and/or veteran farmers throughout the state. Highlights of the program include modules that cover business and personal financial planning, understanding income statements, cash flow, and the smart use of credit on the farm.  Each participant in the more in-depth Ag Biz Planner course will have completed a business plan for their operation by the conclusion of the class.

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and provides financing 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 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.