Westminster, MD (PRWEB) August 28, 2012
Ken Ryan of Mt. Jackson, Virginia and credit analyst at MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s Winchester office has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) program. The program develops leaders who can effectively engage all segments of the Virginia agriculture community to create collaborative solutions and promote agriculture inside and outside of the industry.
“Ken will be a tremendous asset to the inaugural class of the VALOR program,” state Thomas Truitt, regional manager for MidAtlantic Farm Credit. “I am excited about the opportunities Ken will have to further develop his skills. These skills will be a necessity as the agriculture industry continues to evolve in Virginia,” adds Truitt.
According to the VALOR website, Matt Lohr, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says, “the VALOR program provides an avenue for premier training in communications and media relations, as well as strategies for working with elected officials, for current and future agricultural leaders. We need folks in agriculture prepared to accept the growing challenges the industry faces.”
The VALOR program is a two-year program beginning in September and consisting of 12 seminars held approximately every two months.
About MidAtlantic Farm Credit
MidAtlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member‐borrowers. It provides farm loans for land, equipment, livestock and production; crop insurance; and rural home mortgages. The co‐op has over 10,500 members and approximately $2.3 billion in loans outstanding. MidAtlantic has branches serving Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. It is part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers and rural America.