I chose Carolina Farm Credit for an internship for a few reasons. For one, I was anxious to be back in North Carolina but also because of the impact that it has on the community. I have seen so many great relationships between this company and its customers. My family has a long history in agriculture so it is very important for me to be a part of a company that shares that dedication. Another aspect that I have come to love about CFC is the acceptance of faith. That is not a common thing to find and I think that it is very special.
While in the office I have learned a lot about what goes into a loan. I am very fortunate to work from the offices of Lincolnton and Conover. They have both been so welcoming. I have had the opportunity to meet many of their customers and assist on as many loans as they will throw at me. Being engaged in the process has really helped me develop an understanding of credit and what can and cannot be done better than just being told. When the loan officers go visit a customer or go for a closing they are more than willing to let me come and observe. It has been an overall great experience so far!
I had the opportunity to tour farms in Iredell County with the rest of the interns, other employees and community members. This was a collaborative effort by Iredell County Extension, Farm Bureau and Carolina Farm Credit to help show the diversity of the agricultural industry in North Carolina. The day started with a value added dairy farm. They composted their manure with saw dust and sold it to small gardening businesses. The neat thing was later that day we visited a greenhouse business that used the composted product. That same greenhouse used to be a tobacco farm. One stop on the tour that I would have never thought about was the mill that extracted the oil from canola seed to create canola oil. The product that comes from there is something that people cook with every day but never think about how it is made. It is just amazing that there are so many niches within North Carolina agriculture.
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