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Farm Credit of the Virginias Returns $32 Million in Cash Dividends to Customers

Farm Credit of the Virginias, a cooperative lending institution serving Virginia, West Virginia, and western Maryland, will return $32 million this month to its customer-owners through their annual patronage program.

Farm Credit of the Virginias’ cooperative framework allows the Association to return a portion of its profits back to customer-owners on an annual basis. During 2023, agricultural producers and rural homeowners faced another year of challenges with inflated input costs and interest rates. Nevertheless, Farm Credit of the Virginias’ financial position remained strong and their Board of Directors elected to return 81% of their net profits to their customer-owners, with the hope that this patronage distribution would allow their customer-owners to feel poised to navigate continued economic uncertainties affecting the agricultural industry and our rural communities.

The patronage program effectively lowers the cost of borrowing from Farm Credit of the Virginias. This year’s $32 million distribution equates to having an interest-free loan for more than three months and represents approximately 27% of the interest accrued on loans.

Farm Credit of the Virginias CEO, Brad Cornelius, said, “We’re thrilled to be able to return crucial dollars to our customer-owners and reinvest money in our rural communities through our patronage refund program.”

Cornelius continued, “We’re committed to serving our customer-owners through the good times and bad. Patronage dividends are our way of showing our customers that we appreciate their business and we will always do our best to support their goals and dreams. Patronage is just one of the many benefits of doing business with our customer-owned cooperative.”

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $2 billion dollars in financing to nearly 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. For more information, visit

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