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Farm Credit Pays $900,000 in Cash Dividends to Local Customers

The Roanoke branch of Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV), a customer-owned financial cooperative with over a 100-year legacy of support for rural communities and agriculture, announced they have paid just over $900 Thousand in cash to their customer-owners in the form of a patronage dividend.

Due to Farm Credit of the Virginias’ cooperative framework, the association returns a portion of its profits back to customer-owners on an annual basis. During 2022, increased input costs, supply chain disruptions and rising interest rates made it difficult for their customer-owners to carry out their goals for the year.

Nevertheless, Farm Credit of the Virginias’ financial position remained strong and their Board of Directors elected to return 70% of their net profits to their customer-owners, with the hope that this patronage distribution would allow their customer-owners to feel more confident in navigating the economic headwinds currently impacting the agricultural industry and our rural communities.

The patronage program effectively lowers the cost of borrowing from Farm Credit of the Virginias. This year’s combined $30 million distribution equates to having an interest free loan for 3 and a half months and represents approximately 30% of the interest accrued on loans.

Farm Credit of the Virginias CEO, Brad Cornelius, said, “We’re pleased to be able to share our patronage with our customer-owners, especially in times when returning and reinvesting money in our rural communities is so vital.”

Cornelius continued, “We’re committed to being here for our customer-owners when they need us, and as they need us. Patronage dividends are our way of saying we’re here and we’re going to keep working to make sure that we’re always here, through good times and bad. Patronage is just one of the many benefits of doing business with a customer-owned cooperative.”

To discover the benefits of being a customer-owner, visit the FCV website at www.farmcreditofvirginias.com or call 1-800-919-FARM (3276) to learn more from a local representative.

The Roanoke branch is located at 38 Murray Farm Road, Suite 2, Roanoke, VA.

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $2 billion dollars in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. For more information, visit www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.

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