Release date: 4/3/2017
STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit’s Ag Leadership Institute, held at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, brought together and celebrated young, beginning, and small farmers. It was created to equip these farmers to meet the challenges of modern agriculture and encourages the sharing of ideas and networking within the industry. This year, 17 couples participated from farms across Carolina Farm Credit’s territory and were selected for their leadership and achievements.
The dynamic and interactive three day seminar was led by Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and professional speaker, and Dr. Alex White, financial advisor and Virginia Tech Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Dr. Kohl’s topics are designed to help participants meet the daily challenges of modern agriculture while maintaining balance between family business, family life, and personal life. Dr. White discussed the results of the DiSC personality profiles that the attendees completed online prior to the event and offered suggestions on how to work and interact with different personalities.
Other speakers for the Institute included Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit; Dr. Ted Katsigianis, Vice President of Agriculture at the Biltmore Estate; Tom Haarmann, Manager of Financial Services with Carolina Farm Credit; and Dr. Michael Hester, Director of the Pastoral Counseling and Growth Center in Asheville. The group enjoyed a reception and dinner at the Grand Bohemian Hotel on Friday evening that was attended by Carolina Farm Credit Board members.
"We had a very diverse and extremely hard working group this year,” said Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit. "It was evident from their participation and interaction throughout the weekend that this group has a passion for agriculture and is committed to ensuring education remains an integral part of their future.”
This year’s participants were:
Chris & Heidi Aldridge - New London, NC
Soua Yang & Sai Vue - Raleigh, NC
John & Cherith Austin - Burnsville, NC
James & Maggie Cantrell - Mills River, NC
Matthew & Amy Horney - Newland, NC
Jordan & Silke Groce - Jonesville, NC
Betina Gonzalez & Benigno Vargas - Yadkinville, NC
Bradford & Mary Beth Gambill - Sparta, NC
Chris & Erin Conser - Concord, NC
Stephen & Ashley Parker - Hildebran, NC
Tony & Lee Ly - Salisbury, NC
Adam & Natasha Swaney - Snow Camp, NC
Katie Jones - Burlington, NC
Pheng Lee & Kao Thao - Statesville, NC
Jimmy & Allison Gibson - Olin, NC
Harrison Shoaf - Cresswell, NC
Daniel Adcock & Chris Adcock - Roxboro, NC
Randy & Heather Nichols - Hayesville, NC
James & Elizabeth Deaton - Seagrove, NC
Cory & Kacey Elder - Mocksville, NC
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 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
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, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
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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