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Ellie Grossnickle Named as one of Farm Credit's Summer Interns

Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) recently announced Ellie Grossnickle would be joining the Association as one of five summer interns. Along with much of the association, Grossnickle will work remotely while branches remain closed to the public. She will be joining her mentor, Regional Manager, Joey Cornwell, in the Rocky Mount location when offices reopen later this year. 

Grossnickle is a senior at Virginia Tech, where she will be graduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science and a minor in Communications. 

A native of Frederick County, Maryland, Grossnickle grew up on her family’s dairy operation, where they currently milk 150 cows. In her spare time, she can typically be found in the calf barn tending to their surplus of calves. 

Her love for the farm and the agricultural community is what initially drew her to this internship with FCV. She has hopes of returning to her dairy farm part-time one day, while also being engaged in a career that will allow her to help farmers from across the region. 

Throughout high school, Grossnickle was an active member of Middletown Valley 4-H and her local FFA. She also went on to serve as a state officer for FFA during her first year of college. She is grateful for her involvement with these organizations, saying, “They taught me the importance of advocacy and education in regards to agriculture, and I hope to bring these skills with me as I enter this internship.”

Grossnickle’s mentor, Cornwell, shared, “We are excited to have Ellie join our Team here in Rocky Mount this summer.  She has been a delight to work with since coming on board and has been able to pivot with the changes in our internship program with a very positive attitude.  We look forward to her contributions, along with her peers, to FCV this summer.”

About Farm Credit of the Virginias 

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 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. 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. For more information, visit or

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