Farm Credit Pays $2.7 Million in Patronage Dividends to Customers

Rural and farming communities have suffered from insufficient access to credit due to onerous new regulations and the slow progress of the economic recovery. Farm Credit is helping to address these challenges and the issuance of these payments underscores Farm Credit’s commitment to family farmers

Borrowers who have teamed up with Farm Credit of the Virginias to tackle their lending needs received a healthy dividend check. As a cooperative, Farm Credit distributes a portion of its profits to their customer-owners. Through this unique and growing patronage dividend program, Farm Credit of the Virginias has refunded customer-owners the equivalent of two months of interest earned on their loans in 2016.

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito met recently with local farmers and Farm Credit employees to recognize Farm Credit for returning over $2.7 million to residents in West Virginia. “Rural and farming communities have suffered from insufficient access to credit due to onerous new regulations and the slow progress of the economic recovery. Farm Credit is helping to address these challenges and the issuance of these payments underscores Farm Credit’s commitment to family farmers, agricultural businesses and their communities,” said Senator Capito.

“We are pleased that we have the ability as a cooperative with a 100-year legacy to support and strengthen the position of the American farmer and other agricultural businesses that this nation depends on for nourishing its families. Our Board of Directors understand the critical role Farm Credit plays in sustaining our agricultural industry and our rural communities. We are owned by the farmers and agribusinesses that we serve, and paying patronage is an important part of the value we…

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