Carolina Farm Credit Announces Results of Director Elections

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On September 18, Carolina Farm Credit completed the 2012 director election by mail after receiving 535 ballots. The incumbent members re-elected to serve a five year term are Lewis “Eddie” Smith, Lincoln County; Vickie N. Smitherman, Yadkin County; Mark A. Bray, Stokes County; David M. Coltrane, Randolph County; Tony L. Ragan, Lee County. Susie J. Gambill of Alleghany County was re-elected to serve a two year term. A new member of the board elected to serve a five year term is D. Kaleb Rathbone, Haywood County.

On September 18, Carolina Farm Credit completed the 2012 director election by mail after receiving 535 ballots. The incumbent members re-elected to serve a five year term are Lewis “Eddie” Smith, Lincoln County; Vickie N. Smitherman, Yadkin County; Mark A. Bray, Stokes County; David M. Coltrane, Randolph County; Tony L. Ragan, Lee County. Susie J. Gambill of Alleghany County was re-elected to serve a two year term. A new member of the board elected to serve a five year term is D. Kaleb Rathbone, Haywood County.

D. Kaleb Rathbone, 29, of Waynesville, NC is Superintendent at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Mountain Research Station. He also farms and his operation, Rathbone Farms, consists of beef cattle, hay, corn, strawberries, and timber. Rathbone received his Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Tennessee. He also received his Master of Science degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management from the University of Tennessee, Martin. Rathbone is a member of the Haywood county 4-H Extension Advisory Board and the Haywood County Board of Elections. He is a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, the North Carolina Strawberry Association, the North Carolina Farm Bureau, Goodness Grows in North Carolina, and is a Deacon at Antioch Baptist Church.

Lewis “Eddie” Smith, 72, of Lincolnton, NC is a full time farmer with a feeder and stocker calf operation. Smith has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for three years. He is a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, Catawba Valley Cattlemen’s Association, and the Nebraska Cattle Association. Smith is also a member of Asbury Methodist Church.

Susie J. Gambill, 62, of Sparta, NC is a Clerk of Court in Alleghany County and a farmer. Her farming operation, Gambill Farms, consists of dairy cattle, beef cattle, Christmas trees, hay and silage. Gambill has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for one year and also serves on the L&S Land Corporation board. She is a member of the Alleghany Christmas Tree Association, Blue Ridge Electric Community Leaders, Clerk of Courts Conference, and First Baptist Church - Sparta. Gambill received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Education from Appalachian State University.

Vickie N. Smitherman, 54, of East Bend, NC is a full time dairy farmer and Secretary/Treasurer at Shady Grove Dairy, Inc. Smitherman has served on the Carolina Farm Credit board for three years. She also serves on the board of the American Dairy Association of NC. She is a member of the Dairy Farmer Spokesperson Network, Mocksville Women’s Club, Old Richmond Evangelical Methodist Church, and is a Southeast Dairy Association Delegate and SECCA Volunteer. Smitherman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University.

Mark A. Bray, 54, of Lawsonville, NC is a full time farmer at Ridgecrest Farm, an operation that consists of stocker/feeder calves, poultry breeder houses hay, and a receiving station for livestock markets. He also farms at Bray Family Farm, a dairy operation. Bray has served on the Carolina Farm Credit board for nine years. He is a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Northwest Junior Livestock Show and Sale, and Peters Creek Baptist Church.

David M. Coltrane, 39, of Pleasant Garden, NC is a full time dairy farmer and Vice President at Coltrane Dairy. Coltrane has served on the Carolina Farm Credit board for three years. He also serves on the NCSU Dairy Farm Advisory board, the North Carolina Dairy Foundation board, and the Southern States board. He is a member of the North Carolina Holstein Association, North Carolina Dairy Producers, Triad Holstein Association, Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Association, American Dairy Association of North Carolina, and Centre Friends Meeting. Coltrane earned his Associate’s degree in Dairy Husbandry from North Carolina State University.

Tony L. Ragan, 65, of Sanford, NC is a full time farmer. His operation, Ragan Farms, consists of poultry, cattle and row crops. He is Vice-President of Ragan Lawn Care, Inc. Ragan has served on the Carolina Farm Credit board for 25 years and also serves on the Lee County Agriculture District Advisory board, and is Supervisor of the Lee County Soil & Water Conservation District. He is a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, Lee County Livestock Association the North Carolina Poultry Federation, and Flat Springs Baptist Church. He earned his Associate’s degree in Agriculture from North Carolina State University.

Members of the 2013 nominating committee were also elected. They are Larry D. Corry, Cleveland County; alternate is Donald R. Smart, Haywood County; Kevin E. Lutz, Lincoln County; alternate is Cathy M. Chatham, Alexander County; Jack F. Shore, Yadkin County; alternate is David T. Haynes, Surry County; Vickie R. Newsome, Stokes County; alternate is Robert H. Knox, III, Rowan County; Charles “Clifford” Elliott, Randolph County; alternate is Milton E. Baucom, Union County; and Sam I. Kiser, Jr., Alamance County; alternate is Tina T. Gross, Lee County.

On October 24th, the board will hold an organizational meeting to appoint committee members and elect the chairman and vice-chairman. Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing short, intermediate, and long-term 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 service centers. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.    

Carolina Farm Credit serves over 8,900 members with loans outstanding totaling over $1.28 billion with service centers located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Newton, Pilot Mountain, Reidsville, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wadesboro, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.

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