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Farm Credit of the Virginias Expands Knowledge Center Team

Farm Credit of the Virginias recently announced that local resident Marie Rothwell has joined the Knowledge Center as a program specialist in the Lexington, Virginia office. Rothwell will report to Kyley Clevenger, Knowledge Center director.

Prior to joining Farm Credit of the Virginias, Rothwell was a 4-H extension agent for five years, where she supported local farmer education as well as worked with local 4-H youth members. She has also previously worked for an organization providing resources to seasonal and migrant labor and their children. In her new role, Rothwell will help identify and develop programs to support the agricultural community within Farm Credit’s footprint.

“There is a wide diversity of producers in Farm Credit’s footprint, including small and niche farmers, and I’m excited to bring my creativity and program development experience to help support their ongoing education and long-term success,” Rothwell said.

Originally from Tucson, Ariz., Rothwell now resides in Augusta County, Va. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Resources from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Virginia Tech. Exposed to agriculture through her grandparents’ farm, Rothwell has also managed her own small livestock operation.

“Marie brings a strong background in helping educate adults and youth in agriculture, both of which are important audiences for the Knowledge Center as we seek to support producers today and into the future,” said Clevenger.


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 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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