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Farm Credit Business Service Specialist Retires After 22-Year Tenure

Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV), a regional lending cooperative that serves Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland, announced that South Boston Business Service Specialist, Cathy Crews, will retire in November after 22 years with the association.

Crews grew up on a 340-acre tobacco farm in New Ferry, Virginia that has been in her family for over 145 years. She attended Danville Community College.

Prior to joining the Farm Credit team in 2000, Crews worked for Central Fidelity Bank. She began her tenure at Farm Credit as a Loan Assistant until she moved into a Customer Service Representative role. Her title was updated to Business Service Specialist in 2021. During her 22-year tenure with the cooperative, Crews addressed the needs of customer-owners and prospects at multiple branch locations, including the Chatham, Rocky Mount, Bedford and South Boston offices.

Crews contributed a great deal to the association during her career, particularly during the pandemic, at which time the South Boston branch was relocated and saw its’ greatest growth since she joined the cooperative. Crews is proud of the trust that she fostered with rural community members. She shared, “Working with and for the best people in town made my career with Farm Credit so enjoyable and rewarding.” Crews said she will greatly miss her co-workers, the stories they shared and the life lessons she learned while working for Farm Credit. She will also greatly miss chatting and checking in with customer-owners and prospects.

Joey Cornwell, Regional Sales & Lending Manager, shared, “It is very sad to see Cathy leave Farm Credit, but the moments we have all shared and the memories we made will always be remembered and cherished. On behalf of everyone at Farm Credit, we wish Cathy all the best in her retirement.”

When Crews retires, she plans to spend the majority of her time with her two grandchildren, making wholesome memories together. She looks forward to using the downtime to snuggle up with some good books too.

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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