Farmer veterans shared their unique perspective with policymakers in Washington, D.C., July 11-12 as part of a fly-in organized by Farm Credit. More than 60 farmer veterans who are Farm Credit customers or Farm Credit employees who are veterans visited with key lawmakers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to highlight the role of veterans in agriculture and talk about the needs of servicemen and women as they transition from military to careers in agriculture.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit are partnering to provide six $1,000 Homegrown by Heroes academic scholarships to military veterans, currently serving military personnel, and their spouses or children who are pursuing an agricultural or an agricultural-related degree. Funding for the scholarships is generously provided by Farm Credit. Online applications are available, and are due August 17, 2018.
School entries are being accepted for the fifth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) and Farm Credit. Applicants may be any Arkansas school, grades pre-K through 12, that had a school garden open during the 2017-2018 school year, or any schools planning to start a garden in the 2018-2019 school year.
The Arkansas Beef Project, a program of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, is the beneficiary of what has become a generous annual donation from three Arkansas Farm Credit associations. Michelle Shope, Alliance director of food sourcing and logistics, accepted a check for $5,300 from Mike Williams, Farm Credit Midsouth, and Lana Stovall, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, and Jill Robertson, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, to help support this innovative hunger relief program.
Farm Credit Midsouth is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Williams to Senior Vice President of Branch Operations, Chief Services Officer. In his new role, Williams will manage and lead branch management teams, as well as working with internal teams to ensure Farm Credit Midsouth is providing the highest quality services to its customers.