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Farm Credit

The Davis Leadership Academy was established through the generosity of our friends, Farm Credit of the Virginias. This gift made in 2018, establishes an permanent source of support for transformational student experiences outside of the classroom in leadership and entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and more. Farm Credit of the Virginias, ACA is part of a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides financing for farm and country home loans; land purchase, home construction, and improvements; buildings, machinery, livestock and equipment; operating expenses and lines of credit; and much more Farm Credit was established in 1916 and is now the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States. Farm Credit of the Virginias provides more than $1.8 billion in financing to rural homeowners, farmers and landowners in 96 counties in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

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Peery Heldreth
Farm Credit of The Virginias


Farm Credit’s mission is to be an engaged partner in our rural communities. Supporting young agriculturalists helps us to ensure our industry’s future by encouraging these individuals to pursue what they are passionate about. Without experiences such as these [in Davis Leadership Academy], it is challenging to determine a specific area of interest in such a broad industry. Tomorrow's agriculture leaders are today's agriculture students and beginning farmers. Investing in today’s youth is one of the smartest decisions we can make. These experiences will help mold and develop them into well-rounded and experienced individuals which businesses look for when hiring.

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