The experience that I have had working at Carolina Farm Credit over the past couple months has been nothing short of amazing. It has been a pleasure to meet amazing people from all over this great state.
I would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has welcomed me and satisfied my curiosity for everything agriculture. From everyone in my branch to Conover to Rural Hall, I will always appreciate the lessons that you all have taught me. The passion that drives each employee I have encountered on a day to day basis has made working here that much better.
Last week, the interns were able to get a couple days together. The first day we were able to sit in on a credit meeting that comprised of various departments all within Carolina Farm Credit. It was a great opportunity to meet more of the employees whom we haven’t been able to see very often. It was also interesting to see the various aspects of farm credit uniting and working together.
The following day we were able to join VP Senior Relationship Manager, James Taylor and Josh Alost, a commercial loan officer based out of the Monroe branch. We began the morning getting a tour of one of Josh’s customer’s, Astor Farms. The unique thing about Astor Farms was that it was the only aquaculture operation in the district. Tilapia was the type of fish that was bred and raised at Astor farms. I was taken aback by the experience, by the looks of it you would never guess that over 600,000 pounds of tilapia are grown and sold there on an annual basis. It was amazing!
Following that we were treated to lunch and able to meet up with a few more employees from Carolina Farm Credit. We then went to Metrolina Greenhouses, one of James’s customers. Now, being a resident from Mooresville who has driven past there countless times I have always been stunned by the sheer size of their operation. Until you spend half a day walking around (3.5 miles to be exact) the greenhouses you truly do not understand the scale at which Metrolina operates. It is truly amazing to see the work ethic of the employees there and to hear how the world’s largest greenhouse, well….works!
To end the week, I was able to participate in the North Carolina Dairy Youth Foundation Golf Tournament. Although it was hot, I couldn’t have asked for better weather to be outside and play in. I was with Jeremy, a loan officer with CFC, along with two retired brothers Doug and Jay. We had a great time. The best thing was being able to meet people with different backgrounds from all over the state who shared a common interest, dairy! A huge thank you to my supervisor, Craig Pugh, for putting together a great event.
I can’t conclude this post without giving a shout out to Elizabeth, Arneisha and Makayla. It has been a pleasure to work with these girls. I really could not ask for a better group of interns to work on our project with. For those who may not know, we have been working on a project with young farmers in our region who are both Farm Credit Customers and Non Farm Credit Customers. I know how hard we have worked and I can not wait to share the fruits of our labor with those in Carolina Farm Credit in a couple weeks. I hope you have enjoyed reading about my experiences as much as I have enjoyed doing them. I will forever be grateful for the hard work and compassion that Carolina Farm Credit has to offer and look forward to them shaping the future of agriculture.
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