Release date: 9/1/2015
STATESVILLE, NC – Amanda Markham of Catawba, N.C. won first place in the Carolina Farm Credit 2015contest. Her winning photois of “Carter sitting on Papaw Gene’s hay.”
Second place went to Jonathan Young of Danbury, N.C. for his photo “Planting corn in rural Stokes County with the Sauratown Mountains in the background.”
Chris and Elizabeth Crump of Belews Creek, N.C. won third place for their photo “View from our road frontage.”
The contest was judged by website visitors who were allowed to vote for their three favorite pictures, once a day from July 1 - 31. All three winners will be featured in the 2016 Carolina Farm Credit photo calendar.
Markham received a cash prize of $300, and the second and third place winners received $200 and $100.
The winning photos along with the photos that were chosen for voting can be seen on Carolina Farm Credit’s website.
In all, more than 400 photos were submitted and nearly 6,000 votes were cast. This year’s collection of rural North Carolina photos includes images of kids on farms, farm animals, farm equipment, scenery, and winter snow.
Carolina Farm Credit will begin accepting entries for the 2016 photo contest beginning in January 2016 at carolinafarmcredit.com.
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 36 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wadesboro, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are Mark A. Bray, Chairman, Lawsonville; L. Kim Starnes, Vice-Chairman, Salisbury; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.
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