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Farm Credit Loan Workout Officer John Brickey Retires After 25-Year Tenure

Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) announced that John Brickey of the Abingdon branch office would retire in late March after nearly 25 years with the organization.

Brickey joined the Association in 1995 as a field representative, working out of the Abingdon and Gate City offices for what was then Southwest Virginia Farm Credit. His previous background in commercial banking prepared him for the wide array of responsibilities he came to know in his roles with FCV. 

Over the years, Brickey has held multiple positions in both lending and credit, working on a diverse portfolio with loans in tobacco, beef, dairy, poultry, timber, wineries, and rural home loans. He credits FCV’s sprawling footprint and diverse portfolio in varying products and services with allowing him to be involved in so many areas of agriculture. Working with FCV customers, the farmers, has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of Brickey’s career, and he feels very fortunate to have had them as a client base.

While it is difficult to nail down a specific memory, the friendships that Brickey developed at FCV have had a significant impact on him. He shared, “After this many years at one place, the people you work with become more than co-workers, they are family.”

Brickey is looking forward to relaxing and recharging in his coming years of retirement, with no specific plans but a world of opportunities. He is excited to spend more time at his family’s beef farm, working with his dad and getting to enjoy his mom’s cooking more regularly.  He and his wife also love to travel, and he may even fit in a few games of golf!

Vinson Snuffer, Regional Sales and Lending Manager, shared, “John Brickey has been a loyal employee and friend to all who have worked with him over the last 25 years.  He is someone that could always be counted on when stakes were high. His commitment to excellence and accuracy is something we could all strive for.  His wealth of knowledge and experience will surely be missed.  On behalf of Farm Credit I want to wish our friend the very best in retirement and finish with John’s trademark statement ‘It’s a brave new world’.”


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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