Three N.C. college students completed summer internships at Carolina Farm Credit

STATESVILLE — Vance C. Dalton Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit, announced that Ryan High, Brittany Spann and McKayla Newsome successfully completed the intern program at Carolina Farm Credit.

The three interns joined the association in May at the Pilot Mountain, Yadkinville, Siler City and Rural Hall offices. During their time at Carolina Farm Credit, the interns worked on several projects dealing with marketing and employee engagement.

Along with their projects, the interns also blogged about their experiences at Carolina Farm Credit throughout the summer. Visit to read about their summer.

Ryan High is a senior at Appalachian State University, majoring in finance and banking. High has hopes of working in finance or investments after graduation. He lives in Dobson and enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and golf. He also enjoys playing his guitar and creating original music.

Brittany Spann lives in Raleigh, and is working towards a degree in plant and soil sciences with an agronomic business concentration from North Carolina State University. She has an Associates of Applied Science in livestock and poultry management from North Carolina State’s Ag Institute. Spann hopes to continue in agriculture after graduation. She enjoys anything outdoors, including farming, fishing, and riding horses.

McKayla Newsome is a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in animal science and minoring in agricultural business management. Newsome grew up on her parent’s poultry and beef cattle farm and has been involved in agriculture for as long as she can remember. She has hopes of working in agribusiness and one day having cows of her own.

College students interested in applying for an internship at Carolina Farm Credit should contact the human resources department at

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 36 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.

Carolina Farm Credit serves more than 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wadesboro, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.

Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.

Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are Mark A. Bray, Chairman, Lawsonville; L. Kim Starnes, Vice-Chairman, Salisbury; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.

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