August 15, 2019
Over the past ten weeks as an intern, I have had the opportunity to see the impact Cape Fear Farm Credit has made in fulfilling their mission for over 100 years. Although I enjoyed my time spent within the walls of the organization learning the various aspects of each department, my favorite part of the internship was being able to have a hands-on experience. Having grown up on a farm, I was excited to see and speak with the farmers and hear their stories of being a part of the agriculture industry. The one-on-one experience I gained from speaking with the borrowers of Cape Fear Farm Credit will forever hold a special place in my heart. From traveling to branches from Clinton to Lumberton, the kindhearted and optimistic nature of each farmer left me in awe after each visit. I was grateful to meet and better understand the challenges faced throughout the agriculture industry and the support given by Cape Fear Farm Credit in the good and the bad years. In today’s world, it is important to have dedicated farmers who are willing to go through the struggles of fighting against the economy, legislative defenses, and weather conditions to serve and provide for Americans. Being able to see the love put into each individual farm, hear the family stories passed down from generation to generation and experience the passion each farmer has for agriculture and educating those around them deepened my appreciation.
The mission of Cape Fear Farm Credit does not only stem from each individual’s passion to serve, but resides in the company as a whole. Throughout my time at CFFC, I have been able to experience the culture as a community-oriented business and family. Each Loan Officer, Loan Assistant, Credit Analyst, and employee at Cape Fear Farm Credit encompasses the same desire to serve the agriculture industry. Going into this internship, I thought I knew the responsibilities associated with the Farm Credit System, but the experience I received far exceeded my expectations. It has amazed me that the simple action of making a loan to a farmer requires people of different divisions and specialties to come together. I quickly realized that there was much more to the process than meets the eye. I am extremely grateful to have been a part of this internship, having the opportunity to see Cape Fear Farm Credit’s mission first-hand and learn from an inside perspective.
June 25, 2019
Being raised by an agricultural family in the small town of Spivey’s Corner allowed me to gain first-hand experience with various aspects of crop production and animal husbandry. At the age of five my Papa fastened me in his combine to espy the breathtaking, never-ending fields of soybean and corn. Helping my family on the farm taught me the true nature of being a steward of the environment. Being involved in Future Farmers of America, throughout high school, expanded my ongoing love and fascination with agriculture. The blue corduroy jacket, which I hold close to my heart, has endless chapters of passion and glory. As a member of the FFA, I was first introduced to the Creed written by E.M. Tiffany. The FFA Creed was written to express the beliefs held by the agricultural community. It symbolizes the pursuits and challenges faced, the importance of leadership, and the foundation for American agriculturalists. Freshman year of high school, I participated in the Creed Speaking competition. Looking back six years, I would have never realized how much five paragraphs would cultivate my life. The first line “I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words, but of deeds,” symbolizes the standards to the way we live, work, and treat others. As an intern at Cape Fear Farm Credit, it is evident that the principles written by E.M. Tiffany ninety-one years ago have continued to influence the values of farmers, lenders, and rural America. Today, my passion continues to grow through my education at Campbell University. I am currently a junior, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Communications. It is my hopes to return to a rural community after obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree along with Masters in Business Administration, to continue spreading the values of agriculture dear to my heart.
The Blue Corduroy Jacket
By: Maggie Warren
To answer “who is she”,
We must begin with the question of “what this blue jacket did for me.”
It starts with the stiff corduroy, which is not the way to begin,
Definitely not the next top fashion although it sparked a trend.
Its durability was made to last,
Leaving me with memories and experiences from the past.
As the jacket has surely begun to fade,
I will always know the differences that it made.
These symbols represent the organizations goals,
For the countless farmers who held such high roles.
You see, the emblem was special from the start,
Which is why it is held close to my heart.
Think of the national blue and corn gold spread across the nation,
To me it’s more than a combination.
Lastly, there’s the zipper and tallywacker, which we overlook,
But it held together every story in my book.
With each jacket comes its own tale,
Mine describes “who is she” all in detail.
- Maggie Warren