Farm Credit & Country Mortgages Welcomes Brian Taylor back to the Culpeper Team

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Brian Taylor has joined Farm Credit & Country Mortgages’ Culpeper branch as a loan officer. Taylor is originally from and currently resides in Sperryville, VA.  He attended Virginia Tech where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and where he minored in Real Estate. Brian is the 8th generation on the family farm which consists of a small cow-calf operation. He was an active 4-H member all throughout his youth where he participated as a camper, counselor and adult volunteer. Taylor has 5 years of previous work experience with Farm Credit as he was employed right out of college with the association. Before coming back to the association he was employed with TG Taylor & Son Construction, a business owned by Brian’s father, where he built custom homes. We are excited to have Brian back on our team and to be able to share the Farm Credit story.

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 Submission Phase of the 2016 Farm Credit of the Virginias’ Calendar Contest Closes Soon!

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The Farm Credit of the Virginias’ Calendar Photo Contest will be ending May 31st! We’ve received some fantastic entries thus far, so don’t miss the opportunity to share your photos.

Members, employees, and friends of Farm Credit of the Virginias can submit photos at www.farmcreditofvirginias.com. Those participating are allowed to submit up to three photos.  All photo files must be at least 1MB in size. The top 3 photos will be featured in the 2016 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!

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LOCAL RESIDENT RECOGNIZED BY FARM CREDIT OF THE VIRGINIAS

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Farm Credit of the Virginias, a financial cooperative serving farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland recently announced that Scot Lilly, a Harrisonburg native and resident, will assume responsibility as Program Manager for Farm Credit Express.

Working from the organization’s Harrisonburg office, Lilly will work with equipment dealers in the Farm Credit of the Virginias territory to deliver point-of-purchase financing for area farmers. The program is poised to grow well beyond the current 11 participating dealers

“Farm Credit Express offers convenience to our farmer customer-owners,” says Lilly. “Instead of needing to visit a bank or their Farm Credit office, they’re able to apply for a Farm Credit loan and sign the papers to purchase equipment right at the dealership. The process is convenient, fast and helps them focus on what they do best – farming.”

Farm Credit Express loans offer flexible terms and competitive rates. The loans are serviced by the local Farm Credit branch offices and get assigned to your loan officer if you’re already a Farm Credit member

Lilly has been with Farm Credit of the Virginias for 18 years, after working for four years for another Farm Credit organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech.

Farm Credit of the Virginias is part of the Farm Credit System, a national network of lending cooperatives established almost 100 years ago to serve the financial needs of agriculture and rural America. The organization currently counts more than 10,000 farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners among its customers, each of whom is also an owner of the cooperative.

“Agriculture is such an essential industry, and it’s full of wonderful people,” says Lilly. “The integrity of our customer-owners makes working with them extremely rewarding.”

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LOCAL RESIDENT RECOGNIZED BY FARM CREDIT OF THE VIRGINIAS

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Farm Credit of the Virginias, a financial cooperative serving farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, recently announced that Mike Diehl, Rockingham County native and current Dayton resident, will assume responsibility as Regional Sales and Lending Manager.

Working from the organization’s Harrisonburg office, Diehl will lead a team of agribusiness lending professionals in delivering financial services to dairy, livestock, grain, timber, winery, vineyard and other area agribusiness.

Diehl has been with Farm Credit of the Virginias for 13 years after working for 12 years in the commercial banking sector, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and an MBA from James Madison University.

“I think my broad experience will enable me to be a value-added resource for our customer-owners, for prospective agribusiness customers and for my colleagues as they focus on meeting the needs of our local agribusinesses,” said Diehl. “Understanding their businesses and production operations so we can determine how we can best serve them will continue to be a top priority.”

Farm Credit of the Virginias is part of the Farm Credit System, a national network of lending cooperatives established almost 100 years ago to serve the financial needs of agriculture and rural America. The organization currently counts more than 10,000 farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners among its customers, each of whom is also an owner of the cooperative.

“It’s great to work for an organization that recognizes accomplishments and promotes from within its own talent pool,” says Diehl. “I’m looking forward to leading this exceptional team in delivering outstanding service and critical financing to our local agribusiness customers.”

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EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS

Happy Earth Day! Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. But to some Americans, it is more than just a one day event. Farmers and ranchers throughout our nation put their time, energy and resources into nurturing sustainable commodities 365 days of the year. Farm Credit is proud to recognize the producers who place a priority on building profitable and sustainable farm operations. Join us all week long on The AGgregator as we honor these true stewards of our land.

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Most farmers and ranchers will say that it is imperative that they care for the land because it is what provides their livelihood as well as the food that sustains us all. But with fewer producers on less land needing to feed a growing population, it’s sometimes a challenge to find economical and operationally viable ways to improve long-term sustainability. Many Farm Credit customers, though, have done just that:

  • Shepherd’s Grain wheat growers are certified by the Food Alliance, a non-profit organization that promotes and certifies sustainable agricultural practices.
  • At Sangiocomo Vineyards, the family works to reduce the amount of inputs they need to grow high-quality grapes, including electrical usage and nutrient application in the soil.
  • Greenleaf Nursery’s water recycling program, comprehensive eco-friendly fertilization and insect control management processes have earned it environmental awards from the EPA, Sierra Club and Southern Nursery Associations.
  • At Homeland Creamery and Bowman Dairy, cows are pasture-raised and hormone-free, and the farm focuses on sustainability, employing no-till techniques to conserve land and water.
  • Nieman Enterprises is a voluntary participant in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, harvesting trees for timber in a way that benefits the forest itself, reducing risk of fire and insect damage and removing trees to make room for newer, healthier growth.
  • Innovative farmer Mickey Diamond is working with his extension service to test how much crop residue to leave on the field – an approach that conserves water and reduces weeds and therefore herbicide requirements.
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Farm Credit of the Virginias donates $25,000 to local food bank’s Farm Fresh Project

VIRGINIA –On Wednesday, April 8th a press conference was held at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to share information about the food bank’s new program-The Farm Fresh Project. The Farm Fresh Project, which is a collaboration between the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction and Farm Credit of the Virginias, will help the food bank to focus on securing the majority of their fresh produce supply from local farmers and producers instead of relying on many out-of-state producers as they have done in the past.

 In order to help with the purchasing of local produce from farmers in the Shenandoah Valley and across Virginia, Farm Credit of the Virginias, a part of the Farm Credit system which is the nation’s largest agricultural lender, announced that they would be donating $25,000 to the program. This money, in combination with matching funds donated by the local community, will be used to purchase fresh produce from the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction.  Dave Lawrence, CEO of Farm Credit of the Virginias presented the check to Michael McKee, Food Bank CEO Wednesday morning during the press conference.

“As a part of the agricultural community, we care deeply and we are always looking for an opportunity to help those in it, especially our neediest citizens,” said Matt Lohr, Director of the Knowledge Center with Farm Credit of the Virginias. “A number of citizens amongst us rely on assistance for basic necessities such as their food and we really want to be able to help, so to be able to assist in laying the ground work to help supply food products to these citizens is something we are proud to be a part of.”

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 $21 Million in Cash Patronage Dividends

Farm Credit of the Virginias, a customer-owned financial cooperative, announced Monday, they are paying just over $21 million in cash to their customers in the form of a patronage dividend.

As a cooperative, Farm Credit distributes a portion of its profits to their customers. Due to excellent earnings for 2014, the Board of Directors declared that in addition to the regular patronage dividend, which typically represents 12 percent of the amount of interest paid on loans in a given year, a second “special” patronage dividend would also be paid totaling another 12 percent, bringing the total patronage dividend to more than $21 million. The regular patronage dividend will be paid in April and the “special” patronage dividend will be paid in cash in June.

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“We are proud to be one of the few financial institutions that directly rewards its customer-owners for their loyalty and thank them for the business in a very tangible way. The patronage dividend program also helps reduce our customers’ effective cost of borrowing and returns money directly to the communities we serve. Our Board of Directors understand the critical role Farm Credit plays in sustaining our agricultural industry and our rural communities,” remarked Dave Lawrence, CEO of Farm Credit of the Virginias. Since 2001, Farm Credit of the Virginias has paid more than $183 million in patronage dividends to its customer-owners.

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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