Release date: 11/5/2015
STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit representatives recently attended the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. During the 88th annual gathering of the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and advocates for rural America, Farm Credit engaged with student leaders on a variety of topics, including Farm Credit’s 100-year milestone and available career opportunities.
Farm Credit is looking toward the future during its centennial year through the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives program — a nationwide search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing the future of rural communities and agriculture for the better.
So far in 2015, Carolina Farm Credit has given more than $34,000 to various North Carolina FFA programs and causes. “The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina are proud to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers. This convention gave us the opportunity to visit with the outstanding group of young people who make up FFA. By partnering with the FFA, Farm Credit is ensuring the growth of agriculture and our rural communities.” said Carolina Farm Credit Chief Marketing Officer Maggie Hamm.
Carolina Farm Credit, along with AgCarolina Farm Credit, and Cape Fear Farm Credit delivered special NC Farmer Strong buttons to all North Carolina attendees.
Additionally, Farm Credit supported the following FFA Convention events and programs:
• American Degree: More than 3,500 FFA members received an American Degree during the award ceremony. Recipients, representing less than half of one percent of all FFA members, have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the organization and have made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences.
• We Are FFA: The interactive We Are FFA booth #1629 provided FFA members an opportunity to let their voices be heard regarding inclusiveness within the organization. We Are FFA strives to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers everyone to achieve the highest potential without fear, prejudice or bias.
• Carolina Farm Credit Vice President of Human Resources Sarah Rachels helped to judge the National FFA Job Interview Career Development Event. The job interview CDE is a competitive event that tests student's ability to perform effectively throughout the entire job application process. The participants prepare a resume, cover letter and complete an online application. They also participate in phone, one-on one and panel job interviews as part of the competition.
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, 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 L. Kim Starnes, Chairman, Salisbury; W. Rex Bell, Vice-Chairman, Statesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; 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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