Farm Credit Contributes to the United Way Summer Reading Program

March 24, 2017- Farm Credit has recently partnered with local United Way Foundation’s Summer Reading Program to contribute to improving reading proficiency rates. Statistics prove that children who are not reading proficiently in third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school compared to their peers. Though summer time provides lots of fun ways for kids to be active, they can lose as many as three months of reading skills by the time classes resume. The effect is most dramatic for children from low-income homes.

Understanding the importance of reading, Farm Credit of the Virginias went all in during their Spring Meeting, donating a total of 721 new and gently used books! “Our Farm Credit employees have a long history of giving back to their communities and contributing to the United Way book drive is just another example of our employees making a difference. Our goal was 500 books in 2 days and because our people went way above that goal, Farm Credit also made donations to several United Way agencies throughout our footprint totaling $5000”, said Kay Manchester, Chief Training & Human Resources Officer at Farm Credit of the Virginias.

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 billion dollars in financing to more than 10,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit http://www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or http://www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.

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Farm Credit Donates $25,000 for Flood Recovery

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Farm Credit has announced a $25,000 donation to United Way to assist with the relief efforts in West Virginia due to the recent flooding. Farm Credit of the Virginias CEO- Elect, Peery Heldreth says, “It’s a privilege to support the ongoing recovery efforts that brought devastation to so many in late June. We know that many people remain displaced and others continue to face challenges restoring their homes. We hope this money can help some find a bit of relief.”

United Way plays a vital role in creating positive change within their local communities and the same can be said for the progress they have made with the flood recovery efforts taking place in West Virginia. Using a simple, but effective strategy they examined the needs of those affected, determined the most effective and efficient way to help, rallied their partners and resources and deployed them. Farm Credit is proud to partner with United Way in order to continue making great strides towards the rebuilding of southern West Virginia.

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 billion dollars in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit http://www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or http://www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.

 

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The 2017 Farm Credit of the Virginias’ Calendar Photo Contest is Underway

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The Farm Credit of the Virginias Calendar Photo Contest is now open to the public at:

www.farmcreditofvirginias.com – Members, employees, and friends of Farm Credit of the Virginias can submit photos via the website until May 31, 2016.

Those participating are allowed to submit up to three photos that have been taken within the Farm Credit of the Virginias territory.  All photo files must be at least 1MB in size. The top 3 photos will be featured in the 2017 Farm Credit of the Virginias calendar– with the top 3 photos receiving gift cards for: $100.00, $75.00, and $50.00.  Those selected to be featured, will also receive three copies of the 2016 calendar!

You can find the Calendar Photo Contest under the ‘News’ tab on our website. We look forward to seeing the photos you share! Give us your best shot!

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.5 billion dollars in financing to more than 10,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them.  Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending,  expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center.   For more information, visit www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.

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The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen named 2016 Virginia AITC book of the year

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Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program has named The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, a children’s book written by Diana Prichard, its 2016 Book of the Year.
The book encourages young readers to consider how their favorite breakfast foods arrive on their plates. Volunteers will read it in schools across Virginia March 14-31 as part of Virginia AITC’s Agriculture Literacy Project.

National Ag Day is March 15; the Agriculture Literacy Project will run concurrently with National Ag Week but has been extended this year.

“We expanded from Agriculture Literacy Week to two weeks due to its increasing popularity and demand for volunteer readers,” said Tammy Maxey, senior education program coordinator for Virginia AITC.

Last year 1,200 volunteers read to more than 50,000 children across the state. Volunteers have included participants in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Program and Young Farmers Program, FFA members, employees of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and other state agencies, and members of other agricultural organizations and businesses. Farm Credit of the Virginias and Southern States Cooperative Inc. have been major supporters.

For more information, visit AgInTheClass.org. Companion educational materials will be available on the website to accompany the book.

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Farm Credit of the Virginias Hires New Loan Officer

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Farm Credit of the Virginia recently announced that Wytheville native and current resident Jacob Sharitz has joined the organization as a loan officer. Sharitz will report to Brian Repass, Wytheville branch manager.

 

Prior to joining Farm Credit of the Virginias, Sharitz worked in the insurance and construction industries.

 

“I’m excited to help farmers in our area be successful, whether that’s an older farmer continuing their passion or a new young farmer getting the wheels rolling with their farming career,” said Sharitz. “I’m also looking forward to being able to help families purchase their dream homes.”

 

Sharitz holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in management from Radford University.  He was raised on a family farm that first produced dairy before transitioning to beef. He continues to help on the family farm, as he has throughout his life, and is also managing his own cow/calf herd.

 

 

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

 

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.5 billion dollars in financing to more than 10,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center.  For more information, visit www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.

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Farm Credit of the Virginias Hires New Loan Assistant

Farm Credit of the Virginias recently announced that Wytheville native and current resident Jody Fiorini has joined the Wytheville office as loan assistant. Fiorini will report to Teresa Lyons, Loan Operations Supervisor with the organization.

 

Fiorini is the former owner and operator of Tree Hugger’s Outdoors, a small Wytheville business once located on Main Street. She also comes to Farm Credit of the Virginias with experience as a paralegal, and as a project manager and designer for commercial and residential properties.

 

“I look forward to bringing my knowledge of real estate transactions to better assist our clients and loan officers in their property closings,” Fiorini said. “I also know first-hand what it means to be a small business owner in this wonderful, rural community and I’m excited to be part of a team that is so deeply committed to the financial success of our local farmers.”

 

Fiorini holds a bachelor’s degree in Design from Radford University. Active as a 4-H member as a youth, Fiorini has also been active in the community, working to preserve public lands, promoting tourism and small businesses, and encouraging smart development to enhance the region’s agricultural businesses.

 

 

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

 

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.5 billion dollars in financing to more than 10,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center.  For more information, visit www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.

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Farm Credit of the Virginias Hires “Green Industry” Relationship Manager

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Farm Credit of the Virginias recently announced that Clover Hill native and Rockingham County resident Dustin Bowman has joined the Harrisonburg office as relationship manager with a focus on financing the flourishing “green industry”. Bowman will report to Mike Diehl, regional sales and lending manager with the organization.

 

Bowman joins Farm Credit of the Virginias with 11 years of financial services experience, including the past eight as a commercial banker.

 

“With a background in commercial banking, it is my goal to serve our clients and add value to their business operations and relationships with Farm Credit,” Bowman said. “The green industry is thriving in our area, and it’s an honor to help support this growth throughout the entire Farm Credit of the Virginias footprint.”

 

Raised on a beef cattle and turkey farm and a 4-H member as a youth, Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from James Madison University. He is active in the Harrisonburg-Massanutten Rotary Club and serves on the Bridgewater Community Little League board of directors.

 

 

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

 

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.5 billion dollars in financing to more than 10,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center.  For more information, visit www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.

 

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