Release date: 8/6/2015
STATESVILLE, NC – Rural America is constantly evolving to meet the needs of a changing global agriculture economy, and a new effort is underway to champion the women, men and youth whose insights and influence are ensuring thriving rural communities for years to come.
In an effort to highlight 100 years of service to rural communities and agriculture, Farm Credit will be conducting a nationwide search to identify 100 people who are changing the future of rural communities and agriculture. Nominations for the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives will be accepted at farmcredit100.com until December 18, 2015.
“We are seeking individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to apply for the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives,” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit. “The diversity of agriculture in Central and Western North Carolina, coupled with our innovative and community minded customers make our territory a prime location for qualified applicants.”
A panel of experts will evaluate the entrants and select the top 100 honorees to be announced during National Ag Week, March 14-18, 2016. These 100 individuals will be celebrated and supported at the national and local level in an effort to build awareness of and appreciation for rural American contributions to everyday life.
Of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees, 10 exceptional leaders will each receive a $10,000 award to help further their contributions to thriving rural communities and agriculture. These 10 honorees and a guest will be invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in a special recognition event in 2016. Honorees will have the opportunity to share their stories, inspire others with their vision and advocate for agriculture.
To recognize the diverse ways individuals are contributing to the future success of rural communities, nominations will be accepted in ten categories:
• Leadership (over 21)
• Youth Leadership (21 and younger)
• Rural Policy Influence
• Beginning Farmer or Rancher Achievement
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Sustainability and Natural Resource Conservation
• Financial Stewardship
• Mentoring and Volunteerism
• Agriculture Education and Community Impact
• Rural and Urban Connection
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.
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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