Release date: 11/17/2016
STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit is excited to announce that participants for the 8th annual Ag Biz Planner course have been chosen. The Ag Biz Planner program is an e-learning financial and business planning course whose curriculum includes financial and business planning, budgeting and other money matters essential to a farm’s success. Each couple is paired with an experienced Carolina Farm Credit Loan Officer to mentor them throughout the program.
The five couples chosen this year are:
Brian and Kelly Martin from Liberty, NC, will be mentored by Kyla Craven, a loan officer from Carolina Farm Credit’s Siler City Branch. Brian and Kelly currently operate a registered Red Angus cattle operation and wish to expand to offer packaged beef to customers.
Craig and Jessica Myers, and Tommy Dyson from Mocksville, NC, will be mentored by Mark Robertson, loan officer from the Lexington branch of Carolina Farm Credit. Their business operation includes 4 layer chicken houses, beef cattle, and 110 acres of soybeans.
Hunter Thomas, from Timberlake, NC, will be mentored by loan officer Debra Brandon from the Roxboro branch of Carolina Farm Credit. Hunter’s farming consists of corn, wheat, soybeans, tobacco, and swine.
Michele and Joel Cox from Elkin, NC, are mentored by loan officer Jocelyn Roten from the Pilot Mountain branch of Carolina Farm Credit. The couple will be planting 8 acres of hazelnut and oak trees to be used in the growth of truffles.
Jennifer and Daniel Best of Clyde, NC, are being mentored by Donna Silvers, loan officer from Carolina Farm Credit’s Waynesville branch. Jennifer and Daniel currently operate a small commercial cattle farm that includes hay production, and row crop production for sale to local restaurants and retail outlets.
“This year’s selected Ag Biz Planner participants have diverse agricultural backgrounds. This program will allow them to examine their operations and find areas for improvement. This program is just another way that Carolina Farm Credit helps support agriculture and our local communities.” said Carolina Farm Credit CEO Vance Dalton.
Carolina Farm Credit is offering the Farm Credit University on-line program in conjunction with the Farm Credit Associations in North Carolina and Virginia including AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Farm Credit of the Virginias and Colonial Farm Credit. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and benchmark with producers from the other associations throughout the program and network at a conference at the conclusion of the program in Raleigh, NC.
Farm Credit’s e-learning program targets young, beginning, small, and minority farmers throughout the state. Participants will be assigned a Carolina Farm Credit loan officer to serve as their mentor throughout the course. Highlights of the program include modules that cover business and personal financial planning, understanding income statements, cash flow, and the smart use of credit on the farm. Each participant will have completed a business plan for their operation by the conclusion of the class.
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 32 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, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, 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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