Farm Credit & Country Mortgages Welcomes Intern John Miles back to the Technology Team for a Second Year

John Miles 2014

John Miles, a 2014 summer intern, has re-joined Farm Credit & Country Mortgages’ to work on some special projects with the Technology department. Miles is originally from Chesterfield, VA, but currently resides in Petersburg, VA. John is a recent graduate of Virginia State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Management and Information Systems. He was active in collegiate organizations such as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Student Liaison Outreach (SLOT) and Lead by Example and Achieve by Determination (LEAD).  John currently serves as a Computer Information Specialist with the Army Reserves. He also mentors teens at a community center in Petersburg. We are excited to welcome John to our team and we look forward to learning from him.

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 New and Improved Farm Credit Knowledge Center Website is Here!

FCVA Knowledge Center Logo

“A variety of agricultural information at your fingertips!”  In brief, this serves to describe the role of the Farm Credit Knowledge Center’s website.  The Farm Credit Knowledge Center was launched in early 2014 by Farm Credit of the Virginias to provide information and resources to agricultural producers as well as anyone interested in agriculture.  The anchor of the Knowledge Center has always been its website, http://www.farmcreditknowledgecenter.com, which contains a broad array of information for many different audiences.  As the Knowledge Center has continued to expand and adapt to meet the needs of Farm Credit customers, agricultural producers, youth, and people interested in learning more about agriculture; the website also continued to evolve.

A year and a half into this endeavor, the Farm Credit Knowledge Center is proud to announce the launch of a brand new website.  The new site has been created to be able to continue to provide the best possible service to customers, employees and the general public.  In addition to many of the features that people have come to expect from the Knowledge Center website including a weekly blog with a variety of information for all those interested in agriculture, commodity information and educational resources; the new site also features several exciting improvements.  Some of these new features include a new responsive design which makes it easier to view on a variety of mobile devices, an interactive calendar that can be searched by topic, a section for current Farm Credit customer to login for exclusive access to commodity marketing information provided by IHS Global, a new bulletin board where farmers can post announcements related to internships, jobs and other opportunities, a page for producer grants, and a section on Farm Credit of the Virginias new FarmLaunch program for young and beginning farmers.

The goal of the Farm Credit Knowledge Center continues to be to provide up to date information and resources to a variety of agricultural producers, youth interested in agriculture and other who want to know more about agriculture.  This new website is a step in continuing to grow and adapt to meet the needs of these many different groups.  Please visit the new and improved site at http://www.farmcreditknowledgecenter.com and reach out to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center through the contact us section if you have a project or a question that you would like assistance with.

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 Contributes $10,000 to WV Farm Bureau Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab

Charlies Leech Charlie Wilfong Check Presentation

Farm Credit of the Virginias Chairman Charlie Leech presented a check for $10,000 to Charles Wilfong, President of West Virginia Farm Bureau, to support the purchase of a new Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab. “We are honored to support the Lab and it’s outreach to the residents of West Virginia as Farm Bureau continues to educate and advocate for agriculture”, commented Charlie Leech.

First launched in 2009, the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab travels to elementary schools across the Mountain State, teaching children about agriculture and the important roles it plays far beyond food.  Students learn about a myriad of products that come from agriculture, including clothing, furnishings, medicines and more. As part of their Lab experience, they conduct scientific experiments and use agricultural commodities to produce items such as glue and plastic. Farm Credit has been an avid supporter of the program, donating funds towards the purchase of the original Lab as well.

In the past seven years, the Lab has traveled more than 18,000 miles across West Virginia, visiting 160 schools in 45 counties.  More than 60,000 students have visited the Lab. Showing its age after such extensive travel, a fundraising campaign has been undertaken to finance its replacement.

For information on booking the Lab or to donate to the program, see our website at www.wvfarm.org/AgMobile.asp.

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 & Country Mortgages Welcomes Nikita McNett to the Harrisonburg Team

Nikita

Nikita McNett has joined Farm Credit & Country Mortgages’ Harrisonburg office as a Credit Analyst Trainee. McNett grew up right outside the town of Dayton, VA and currently resides in New Hope, VA with her husband. She attended Virginia Tech where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and graduated this past May. Nikita is no stranger to the agriculture industry; she comes from a farming family where their operation consisted of dairy and beef cattle. She and her husband continue working in the cattle industry with their own commercial beef herd and custom feeding operation. Nikita comes to Farm Credit with a variety of experiences in the agriculture industry and looks forward to helping assist customers in their agricultural endeavors.

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 LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS SHAPING THE LANDSCAPE OF AGRICULTURE

As part of its centennial celebration, Farm Credit of the Virginias is participating in the national Farm Credit Fresh Perspectives Program. The Fresh Perspectives search will identify and honor one hundred people across the nation who are changing the future of rural America. “Rural industries evolve rapidly, and we are honored to recognize those who represent the future,” said Farm Credit of the Virginias’ CEO, Dave Lawrence.

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To recognize the diverse ways individuals are contributing to the future success of rural communities, nominations will be accepted in ten categories:

  • Leadership (over 21)
  • Youth Leadership (21 and younger)
  • Rural Policy Influence
  • Beginning Farmer or Rancher Achievement
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Sustainability and Natural Resource Conservation
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Mentoring and Volunteerism
  • Agriculture Education and Community Impact
  • Rural and Urban Connection

To learn more and read the nomination category descriptions, visit www.FarmCredit100.com. Apply or nominate an agricultural leader you know for Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives by Dec. 18, 2015.

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 announces the 2016 Calendar Photo Contest Winners

First Place Photo- Molly Estep - small  2nd Place Photo- Kami Keyser (small)  3rd Place Photo- Heather Hinson (small)

We’re pleased to announce the top 3 photos of our 2016 Photo Calendar Contest.  The contest was extremely successful and competitive, with over 250 photo entries and 1,680 votes! First place goes to Molly Estep of Bergton, VA, Second place to Kami Keyser of Upper Tract, WV and Third place to Heather Hinson of Riner, VA. The top 3 photos can be viewed on the Farm Credit of the Virginias website.  Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone that participated in this year’s contest! Please visit our website beginning January 1st to participate in the 2017 Calendar Photo Contest.

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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Happy Birthday Farm Credit!

FC 100 Birthday

Today marks the beginning of Farm Credit’s 99th year of service to agriculture and rural communities. Our world needs farmers and supporting those farmers is a mission we stand behind; in fact, we were built for it. Today, we want to give you a look at some of the events that led up to the signing of the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916 that established the Farm Credit System.

Why did the United States need the Farm Credit System?

The Panic of 1907, an economic meltdown starting in New York City, spread to other parts of the nation proving vulnerability of the ag industry being dependent on the commercial banking system.
In 1908, Theodore Roosevelt’s Administration conducted a study of issues in rural communities, which, at the time, made up the largest demographic of the U.S. population. They found that one of the biggest problems for these families was access to credit and consequently recommended the establishment of a cooperative credit system.
Following the recommendation of Roosevelt’s administration, in 1912 Presidents William Taft and Woodrow Wilson commissioned a study of European cooperative credit systems to ultimately decide the most helpful system would include both long-term credit to cover land mortgages and short-term credit to cover regular business needs.
December of 1913 brought about the Federal Reserve Act, signed by Congress and President Wilson, to establish a central banking system with a Federal Reserve Board. This was seen by the rural community as a push for the nation’s commercial interests and intensified the desire for a specifically rural version of the Federal Reserve System.
The Great Financial Crisis of 1914, triggered by the Great War in Europe, threatened serious outflows of gold from the American banking system to Europe, a shortage of currency and a potential run on banks seen previously in 1907. Because The Federal Reserve System was not yet operational, Secretary of the Treasure William McAdoo initiated a four month closure of the New York Stock Exchange to manage the crisis. This made the rural economic issue even more pressing for President Wilson in order to appease the rural vote before his re-election campaign.
All of these factors led to the birth of the Farm Credit System that we know today.

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