From Feed Mills to Farm Credit
Hi everyone, my name is Will Johnson and I will be working as a loan officer intern at the Taylorsville and Statesville branches this summer. Before moving to North Carolina I had spent most of my time in California, Arizona, and Virginia. I am a rising senior at North Carolina State University majoring in Agribusiness with a minor in Ag Entrepreneurship. While at NC State I keep busy working at Cabela’s and participating in YF&R, NC State Bass Pack, NC State NWTF, and the NC State Ducks Unlimited Club. When I can make free time I enjoy hunting, fishing with the NC State team, going to the rope pen with friends, and taking my dog for rides on the Gator.
In high school I found my true passion for agriculture. There was a local feedlot and several different feed mills that were actively looking for young employees. I immediately found that being in that environment was a great fit. I was able to learn a lot about different feeding needs depending on application and how to assist customers in their decisions had they been skeptical. Although those skills don’t directly translate to the office, I am able to relate to customers regarding their own farms. I have found that to be most important as we are ultimately here to be a support system for the agricultural community.
Growing up outside of North Carolina, I wasn’t familiar with Carolina Farm Credit. The local bank that supported farmers and ranchers was very similar though and had always intrigued me. When I got to college I found that finance came natural to me. Farm Credit seemed like the perfect fit as I could be good at it but at the same time I could be around the agricultural community and support their needs rather than those in an area that I don’t have a strong passion for.
From my first day at Farm Credit I knew this was a great fit. It isn’t common these days to find a company where you are able to eat lunch with the CEO on the first day. Not only that, but talk to him on a personal basis and have the ability to hear him pray before the meal. Everyone I have met has been extremely helpful and welcoming when I come to them with questions or the desire to learn more about what they do whether that be appraisal, loan processing, etc.
I’m really looking forward to the rest of the summer. I am blessed to be working under great mentors that are constantly teaching me. The more information I receive, the more interested I am. I have met passionate employees and customers which has boosted my appreciation for the company as well as the career field in and of itself. This company’s hands on teaching style has allowed me to learn more than I could imagine and I’m only halfway through the summer! I am very excited to experience more throughout the summer as I’ve learned there is a constant learning curve. Overall, I am extremely happy to be here and look forward to what the rest of the summer entails.