STATESVILLE, NC (PRWEB) April 09, 2015
Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit announces that the participants of the 6th Annual Ag Biz Planner recently graduated from the program.
The program included a total of 30 participants from five Farm Credit associations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The graduating participants from Carolina Farm Credit were Jeffrey and Beth Farlow of Apex, Debra Bridges and Jenny Bridges Price of Shelby, Mica Orfield of Jefferson, Micheal and Lauren Rayburn of Barnardsville, John and Brittany Kimstra of Rutherfordton, and Brad and Paige Garland 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 Bruce Arrington of the Asheville Branch, Suzette Smith of the Shelby Branch, Vickie Young of the Jefferson Branch, Raynia White of the Asheville Branch, Kamron Kerr of the Spindale Branch, and Blair Robertson of the Siler City 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 a presentation from Dr. Alex White.
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, crop 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 Mark A. Bray, Chairman, Lawsonville; L. Kim Starnes, Vice-Chairman, Salisbury; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; 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.