Bailey Joins Farm Credit Board of Directors
Caitlin Bailey has been elected to the Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) board of directors by its customer-owners. As a member of the board, Bailey will have the opportunity to support FCV in providing financing to rural homeowners, farmers and landowners in 96 counties in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
“Caitlin’s strong agricultural background and fresh perspective will bring great value to the board’s discussions as it continues to set effective strategies for providing our customer-owners first-rate service,” said Brad Cornelius, CEO of FCV. “Farm Credit’s cooperative model includes member-elected representation, which has been a cornerstone in our ability to deliver critical financial services to our customers for more than 100 years.”
Bailey owns and operates Next Level Cattle Company, which consists of a cow/calf operation as well as hay and field corn production, and is located in Smithville, W. Va. In addition to overseeing the farm operation, she serves as a part-time substitute elementary school teacher. Bailey is also a member of the West Virginia Cattlemen’s Association. Bailey and her family have been great supporters of their local 4-H and FFA chapters. She has fond memories of her years involved with both organizations; in fact, she was the seventh member of her family to receive her American Farmer Degree through the National FFA Organization.
“I understand how challenging it is for farmers to operate efficiently, and how important Farm Credit’s financing, industry knowledge and resources are to agricultural producers in our area,” said Bailey. “I hope to leverage my background in agriculture and leadership skills to support the good work of Farm Credit as the Association continues to serve farmers and rural community members throughout our footprint.”
About Farm Credit of the Virginias
Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $2 billion dollars in financing to nearly 12,000 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. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for over 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center.