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Farm Credit Names Craun to Dairy Specialist Role

Farm Credit of the Virginias, a lending cooperative that provides financing to farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, announced longtime employee and Regional Sales & Lending Manager, Patti Craun, would assume a newly established Dairy Specialist role. In her new position, Craun will work directly with Farm Credit dairy producers as they navigate the ongoing industry downturn.

The position was established to deliver on Farm Credit’s mission to provide support for agriculture through good times and bad. The dairy industry continues to face challenges as a result of market volatility and other limiting factors. Craun’s 30-year tenure at Farm Credit of the Virginias, coupled with her vast and applied experience in the dairy industry, positions her to lend specialized consultation to dairy farmers, and serve as an asset and trusted partner.

Regarding her new role, Craun said, "I'm excited to work directly with dairy producers again. I look forward to serving as a resource to dairymen throughout our footprint as they work through what continues to be a challenging dairy economy."

“Farm Credit has a commitment to the dairy industry that is more than 100 years old. As we considered how best to help our dairy producers, we realized that having an industry expert work one-on-one with producers as a trusted advisor would make a real difference in their operations," said Farm Credit of the Virginias CEO, Brad Cornelius.

Cornelius continued, "Patti was raised on a dairy farm and has tremendous passion for the industry. That passion, combined with her 30 years of lending experience, made her the ideal choice to serve as our dairy specialist.”

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.9 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

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