Release date: 3/22/2016
STATESVILLE, NC – Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit announces that the participants of the 7th Annual Ag Biz Planner recently graduated from the program.
The program included a total of 31 participants from five Farm Credit associations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The graduating participants from Carolina Farm Credit were:
Deborah and Ron White of Graham
Bradsher and Jennifer Wilkins of Roxboro
Adam and Hannah Parsons of Salisbury
Adam and Cherith Austin of Burnsville
Cindy Flowers of Julian
The Farm Credit University (FCU) Ag Biz Planner program was developed and led by Dr. David Kohl, a retired Virginia Tech agricultural finance and business management expert, and teaches young, beginning and small farmers new business skills to successfully manage and grow their operations.
In addition to the online course, participants had a close mentoring relationship with a Carolina Farm Credit loan officer that served as coach and facilitator as they worked through the course, leading to the creation of a business plan for their farm. The mentors this year were Jennifer Carver of the Graham Branch, Judy Wilkerson of the Roxboro Branch, Mark Robertson of the Lexington Branch, Jeremy Ballard of the Burnsville Branch, and Wanda Harris of the Brown Summit Branch
The course recently concluded with a conference in Raleigh where the participants shared their business plans and had a chance to meet and network with other participants and Dr. Kohl. The conference also featured presentations from Dr. Alex White who spoke on the importance of sound personal finance and Rose Jeter who spoke about Food Market Maker (an online marketing tool for small farmers and agribusinesses).
“Our Ag Biz Planner program is another way that Carolina Farm Credit helps support agriculture and the rural communities in which we live and serve. The program allows young, beginning, and small farmers the opportunity to learn many valuable lessons that will help make their businesses successful,” says Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO, Carolina Farm Credit.
To learn more about Carolina Farm Credits Ag Biz Planner program and to apply, please visit our website.
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 35 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
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, 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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