Marianna, FL-Farm Credit of Northwest Florida customers recently received a pleasant surprise in the mail. They received a check for the revolvement of prior years’ Allocated Surplus. As a rural lending cooperative, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida shares their profits with customers.
Marianna, FL- Imagine instead of finding only bills in your mailbox, discovering a check from your lender. That is exactly what Farm Credit of Northwest Florida customers recently experienced when their interest rebate checks totaling $4 million were received in April.
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For over 50 years, Richard Terry has worked the same land as his father did before him and not once, not ever, has he considered doing anything else with his life. Along with farming, Terry has been active on several ag-related boards, including his current stint as chairman of the board with Farm Credit of Northwest Florida.
Farm kids don’t often hear the familiar phrase that city kids grow up with: “You’re too young to do it.” As soon as they can walk, they’re feeding the bucket calves; at five, they’re handling sharp tools; at nine or ten, they’re driving the tractor.That’s how Desmond Dodd grew up. Everybody in his family pitched in because that’s what farm families do, and, even today, “can’t” isn’t part of his lexicon. “A farm kid doesn’t know that he’s not supposed to be able to do stuff. You just do it because, well…who else would?” Dodd says.
Marianna-Fla.—Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is providing scholarship opportunities to six High School seniors within its chartered territory including 18 counties in the Florida Panhandle totaling $9,000. The AgVocator Scholarship is given to encourage young AgVocators to use their talents to create stronger communities in the rural areas where they live. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture or Veterinary Medicine. In addition to area of study, consideration will be given to each applicant’s academic aptitude, vocational promise, personal attributes, and leadership qualities.
If ever there was a man who represents all the things appreciated and respected about ag people, it’s Damon Boutwell. This is a guy who’s managed to find that perfect (and often elusive) balance in life. He works at what he’s good at so he can have the means to do what he loves.
The Jay, Florida native grew up on the family farm, caring for cattle and helping with planting and harvesting from a young age. When it came time to go off to college, Boutwell’s love of ag and a gift for math and science led him to major in Agricultural Engineering at Auburn University and ultimately, earn a Master’s in Environmental Engineering.
Read about the local farmers in Jackson County who were honored at the 2017
Jackson County Farm City Breakfast.
During Florida Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, left, presents the 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award to the proprietors of Cindale Farms
Farms in Jackson County, Wednesday, Nov.1, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach. The award recognizes agricultural producers for outstanding success at conserving and managing natural resources.
Farm Credit of Northwest Florida would like to announce the results of the 2017 election.