My name is Hannah Frizzell, and I am a senior at Brevard College, majoring in business and organizational leadership with a minor in religion. Farm Credit has always been a part of my life, and the strong values that reside within its foundation are what I appreciate most about the organization. Growing up around such a prestigious corporation and the amazing people that I have had the pleasure to come in contact with have helped shape the person I am today.
I have the pleasure to work in the Asheville and Hendersonville offices alongside some amazing individuals who have taken me under their wings and treated me just like family. Through the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to tour Metrolina Greenhouses, several Iredell County farms, and travel with loan officers to close loans at various locations, learn how to score individuals on AgScore, and much more.
Earlier this month, the other interns and I had an opportunity to attend the Intern & New Hire training in Columbia, SC. There we learned about the Farm Credit System, patronage distributions, eligibility and scope of financing, credit scoring and reporting, how to calculate current ratios and equity ratios, and tax returns. Ronnie Hucks with AgFirst was our instructor over the two days, and he had us get in groups and assess a loan proposal. Not only did I learn so much over this two day training, I made new connections with people throughout the district. I am thankful to Carolina Farm Credit for allowing the other interns and I to be a part of such a valuable experience.
This past Friday Mitchel Pridmore and Bruce Arrington took me to talk to well-known family and commercial farms within the
Mills River area. Just listening to their conversations with the farmers was an eye opening experience. Learning of their struggles as young and beginning farmers and how Farm Credit had assisted them along their way to success. This has helped me realize the importance of Farm Credit to the agricultural community as a whole, and the long lasting impact they have made on these farmers’ lives and operations. The amount of passion these loan officers have for farmers and their success has inspired me not only in my work life but in my personal life as well. They are not just making loans, they are forming long lasting relationships and helping people fulfill their dreams. I believe their compassion for these farmers is a reason why Farm Credit is so successful today.
I look forward to seeing what the rest of the summer holds, and I am excited to be learning and working with such wonderful people and thank them for adopting me into their family.
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