Closing the Barn Doors

Written by: Michaela French


It is hard to believe there are only a few weeks left as a Loan Officer Intern. Only a few more farm visits to make. Only a few more opportunities to listen and assist with the future plans of so many ambitious individuals.

At the beginning of the summer I heard over and over again about the strong relationships Farm Credit established. It did not take me long to experience those familial relationships. These relationships are the foundation of Farm Credit.

This summer I have observed numerous phone calls, entered information for loans, visited construction and farm sites, and built some great relationships. I had the ability to sit in with each of our office positions in order to better understand the many moving parts of the loan process. Us interns have also been working diligently on a project that we hope will be greatly utilized. Carolina Farm Credit established a constructive and successful learning environment. From utilizing the many different computer systems to learning the financial functionality of Farm Credit, this summer has continuously presented me with numerous opportunities to learn.

My grandpa used to always say that you are able to learn the more about a farmer when you meet them out in the field. So, it may come as a surprise that my favorite part of this internship has been the farm visits. I had the opportunity to visit some super cool operations and meet the passionate people behind them.

To everyone at Carolina Farm Credit, this has been an awesome opportunity for which I am very grateful! I cannot say a big enough thank you to my mentor, supervisor, and all the awesome women in the Yanceyville branch! Despite how busy they were, they took advantage of every opportunity to allow me to learn, observe, and assist in completing day to day tasks. I have truly enjoyed my time as part of the Farm Credit family!