Release date: 2/23/2017
STATESVILLE, NC – The Farm Credit Associations of NC announce Brandon Batten as the recipient of the 2017 Innovative Farmer of the Year Award given by The Tobacco Farm Life Museum.
Brandon is a sixth-generation farmer in southern Johnston County embracing the challenges of modern agriculture through creative thinking, technology, and adaptability.
The Four Oaks native is a partner in the family business, Triple B Farms, Inc., producing flue-cured tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, and Bermuda hay on 600 acres. The operation also has 40 head of angus-mix beef cattle. Brandon’s involvement in the operation reaches in many directions, including evaluation of in-depth monthly financial evaluations of the farm budget. This process enables sound decision making for the members of the operation.
Brandon is a 2008 NCSU graduate obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. He also completed his Master’s in Agricultural Engineering in 2010 from NCSU. His education has enabled him to have an extensive source of contacts with many producers and experts in the field of agriculture, as well as a wide-range of industry knowledge and practices.
Aside from his innovative work on the farm, he is a proud husband to Jessica and father to Camden. Brandon is active in the community and in advocating for the future of agriculture in North Carolina. Batten is a member of Pauline Baptist Church and a captain with the Strickland Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department. He participates in the Johnston County Young Farmer and Rancher Program, as well as the Johnston County Agribusiness Council. He is an active supporter of Johnston County Extension and is a county representative to the North Carolina Farm Bureau farm labor state advisory committee.
In his nomination form, Brandon states, “By being involved in the community and agricultural organizations I can advocate for farm interests and give a first-hand perspective on current issues. These contributions through farm-level research and utilizing technologies and advancements in agriculture can help our industry to remain strong.”
The CEOs of AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, and Carolina Farm Credit are Dave Corum, Brad Cornelius, and Vance Dalton respectively. They issued the following joint statement regarding Brandon Batten: “It is an honor to be able to recognize Brandon Batten as the 2017 Innovative Young Farmer of the Year. We admire the leadership and value-based approach he takes with his family, in his role as a professional in the field of agriculture, and as he makes a positive impact on his community. We congratulate Brandon for this award and look forward to his achievements in the future.”
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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