STATESVILLE — The Elkin High School Agriculture Program was recently awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund. The grant will be used to help fund the schools Land and Stream Hands on Learning Labs project. Students are able to hatch and grow trout that are released into the local Elk Creek along with growing seedlings to be used in grafting projects.
“Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit. “These grants help provide funding for many great organizations across our territory.”
For the third year, Carolina Farm Credit distributed grants from its Corporate Mission Fund. $143,000 was awarded to 26 local organizations and eight college students in 2017. Since it started in 2015, the fund has awarded $387,000 in grants and scholarships.
For a complete list of 2017 Corporate Mission Fund recipients, visit carolinafarmcredit.com.
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 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Carolina Farm Credit serves more than 10,000 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, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are L. Kim Starnes, chairman, Salisbury; W. Rex Bell, vice chairman, Statesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.