Carolina Farm Credit Announces Results of Director Elections

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On September 30, Carolina Farm Credit completed the 2013 director election by mail after receiving 523 ballots. The members elected to serve a five year term are Joseph A. Lail, Cleveland County and E. Bernard Beck, Randolph County.

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On September 30,Carolina Farm Credit completed the 2013 director election by mail after receiving 523 ballots. The members elected to serve a five year term are Joseph A. Lail, Cleveland County and E. Bernard Beck, Randolph County.

Joseph A. Lail, 58, of Shelby, N.C. is a full time farmer whose operation consists of corn, wheat, soybeans, and beef cattle. He is also a partner in Lail Hardware and Garden Center. Lail has been a member of the Carolina Farm Credit board for 16 years and served as Chairman for the past two years. He is a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where he serves on the long range planning committee and the budget committee.

E. Bernard Beck, 66, of Seagrove, N.C. is a full time farmer at Beck Farms, a beef cow/calf and hay operation. He has served on the board of directors for Carolina Farm Credit for nine years. Beck also serves on the boards of the Randolph County Volunteer Agricultural District, People Helping People, and Randolph EMC. He is a member of the Randolph County Livestock and Poultry Improvement Association, North Carolina AgriBusiness Council, AWARE Advisory Committee – Randolph EMC, and is a deacon at Oakley Baptist Church.

Members elected to the 2014 nominating committee are: Donald R. Smart, Haywood County; Kevin E. Lutz, Lincoln County; Jack F. Shore, Yadkin County; Robert H. Knox, III, Rowan County; Charles “Clifford” Elliott, Randolph County; Sam. I. Kiser, Jr., Alamance County.

On October 23rd, 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 9,000 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.3 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with service centers located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Newton, 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 2013 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. Carolina Farm Credit is the 5th Best Employer in North Carolina in the small to medium-sized company category.

Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are Joseph A. Lail, Chairman, Shelby; Mark A. Bray, Vice-Chairman, Lawsonville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; W. Steve Love, Graham; Bobby J. “Bud” Matthews, East Bend; 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; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.

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