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Farm Credit Announces New Chief Human Resources Officer

Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) announced that Melanie Craig accepted the role of Chief Human Resources Officer.

Craig has been with the Association since 2006 when she began as a part-time loan assistant in the Bedford, Virginia, office. She moved to the role of Training Specialist in 2013, and was promoted to Training and Services Manager in 2018. In September of 2020, Craig accepted the role of Director of Human Resources in which she most recently held.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Sociology from Lynchburg College (now Lynchburg University). Her certifications include Professional in Human Resources (PHR), HRCI Certified, and is a graduate of FCCS Leadership Development Program.

Through her 15 plus years of experience with FCV, Craig notes that her favorite thing about FCV are the opportunities available to employees, “I value the opportunities for our team members at FCV to learn and grow and know that they have a hand in serving our ag mission, at each level of the Association. I thrive on hearing about the success of our team members, which lead to customer success.”

In her new role, Craig is looking forward to engaging in organizational strategy design as it relates to leadership and succession, culture and engagement, total rewards and much more. “I’m excited to continue helping to build a FCV team who is nimble, knows their purpose in the organization and is ready to serve agriculture, both now and in the future.  We have an experienced and eager HR team in place to continue to guide and assist the Association as we continue forward.”

Brad Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer and President, says, “Melanie brings over 15 years of Farm Credit experience, a genuine love of our mission, a slew of certifications and a servant’s heart to her new role. I am excited to have her on the senior leadership team, leading our Human Resources function into the future.”

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $2 billion dollars in financing to more than 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.

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