Growing up, I was a curious kid. I can remember being full of questions for anyone who would be willing to listen and quite frankly at 21-years old, nothing has changed. I am sure my loan officer, Rebecca Wood, could testify to this!
Over the past eight weeks, I have been up to so much and had so many questions. I love learning new things and this summer has definitely been full of new experiences. Last month, the other interns and I attend the Intern & New Hire Training in Columbia, South Carolina. What an awesome experience that was. While there, we were able to network with other farm credit employees and interns, tour the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, and learn all about the Farm Credit system’s history, the loan making process, the risk rating model, and we even got to work through a group loan case study. The speaker of the training, Mr. Ronnie Hucks (Vice President of Relationship Lending) was outstanding. His knowledge and passion for the Farm Credit system was evident tremendously throughout the entire course of the training. I would have to say that one of my favorite parts about being in Columbia was getting to know my fellow interns. How awesome is it that I get to go through this experience with these wonderful people?
From time to time, I get to travel to the Ellerbe branch where I am exposed to a completely different atmosphere and customer base. Over the past couple of weeks in Ellerbe, the loan officer I have been working with, Melanie McLeod, has exposed me to a variety of things. I have had the chance to go on poultry house inspections as well as some farm visits. I really enjoy being able to experience and learn about various aspects of agriculture that I am not familiar with.
While at my home branch in Carthage, Rebecca always keeps me busy. Every day at Carolina Farm Credit is different – I love that. Whether it is regional meetings, farm visits, farm inspections or loan closings, no two days are the same. This past week, I got to experience a day in the life of an appraiser. Jamie Phillips, the appraiser for my area, let me tag along to appraise a track of land. I was able to learn what adds/takes away value to a track of land and the entire process behind how he determines how much a track of land is worth. I may have gotten a tick or two but hey, that is just part of the job.
I am a firm believer in the power and importance of continuous learning. I think I get that quality from my parents. As agriculture professionals, it is extremely vital to the success of future generations to have the patience and willingness to teach others about agriculture. I am grateful to work in an environment where there are so many people willing to share their years of knowledge and experience with me. Here’s to the next few weeks! As always, Go Pack!
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