AgCarolina Farm Credit announces completion of 16th Annual Ag Leadership Institute

Published 9:13 am Friday, January 24, 2020

AgCarolina Farm Credit has announced that twenty-nine young, beginning and small farmers recently took part in the Ag Leadership Institute held in Raleigh. The 2020 Ag Leadership Institute focused on farm transition management.

Participants in the Ag Leadership Institute included farm families from across AgCarolina Farm Credit’s 34-county eastern North Carolina service area who took part in a two-day seminar, which was highlighted by a presentation from renowned ag economist Dr. Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech. Attendees also had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Alex White, a farm business planning consultant; Ray Starling, general counsel to the NC Chamber of Commerce; and representatives from AgCarolina Farm Credit.

Participants included A.O. Roberts, Carole Roberts, Donald Park and Teresa Park from Pasquotank County and Tre Williams and Heather Ward from Hyde County.

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The Ag Leadership Institute featured an agenda packed with information to help young, beginning and small farmers and their families understand the intricacies of managing the transition from one generation to the next for their operation. Attendees also learned about the influence of agriculture on the local, national and global economy. By recognizing these factors, participants enable themselves to make profitable decisions for their operation both today and in the future.

“Our cooperative firmly believes in offering educational opportunities like the Ag Leadership Institute,” states president and CEO Dave Corum. “Our mission is to better the rural and agricultural communities of eastern North Carolina. By equipping our farm families with knowledge about farm transition management from agricultural economic experts like Dr. Dave Kohl, we can accomplish our mission. AgCarolina Farm Credit is thankful these young people took time away from their farm and family to better their operations.”

AgCarolina Farm Credit is a farmer-owned financial cooperative with headquarters in Raleigh and is the leading provider of credit to farmers in central and eastern North Carolina.  AgCarolina Farm Credit has over $1.5 billion in loans and commitments outstanding to nearly 3,000 North Carolina farmers.



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