Release date: 5/18/2015
STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit is excited to announce that it is now accepting grant applications for its new Corporate Mission Fund. 2015 marks the first year grants will be distributed from the earnings of that investment.
The fund operates on an application-based grant system. Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to help in their endeavors to promote agriculture as well as stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Grant applications will be accepted from January 1 to September 1, 2015. Proposals will be reviewed and grants will be rewarded in the fourth quarter. To qualify for a grant, programs must be located within the 54 counties and geographic areas where Carolina Farm Credit conducts business. For more information and to apply, please visit the Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund page.
“We are excited about The Corporate Mission Fund and the impact it will have on agriculture in North Carolina. The Corporate Mission Fund is set up to invest in the future of agriculture and to enhance and impact the quality of life in rural North Carolina. This fund and Carolina Farm Credit are able to do this by building strong partnerships and alliances and leveraging the resources within the fund to preserve and promote the farmer, the family, and our rural communities.” said Vance C. Dalton, Jr., Carolina Farm Credit CEO.
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 36 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
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, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wadesboro, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group. For more information about the list, visit BestEmployersInNC.com.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are Mark A. Bray, Chairman, Lawsonville; L. Kim Starnes, Vice-Chairman, Salisbury; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; 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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