Release date: 12/3/2015
STATESVILLE, NC - The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is now accepting applications for the Innovative Young Farmer of the Year award. The award, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina, will reward the hard work and innovative thinking of young farmers in North Carolina.
Applications for the award should be returned to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum by January 6, 2016. Applicants must be between the age of 18 and 40 and actively seeking to promote and advance agriculture in North Carolina.
The award will be presented to the winner at the museum’s 11th annual, “Breakfast with the Commissioner,” event at the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh. This year’s event is scheduled for February 5, 2016 at 7:30 AM in the Holshouser Building on the NC State Fairgrounds.
“Sponsoring this award that recognizes the hard work and innovation of young farmers in North Carolina demonstrates our commitment to the future of agriculture in our state.” said Vance C. Dalton, Jr., Carolina Farm Credit CEO.
The application can be found here.
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, 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 L. Kim Starnes, Chairman, Salisbury; W. Rex Bell, Vice-Chairman, Statesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; 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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