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Farm Credit Welcomes Cornelius to Strategic Team

Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) recently announced that Brad Cornelius will join the FCV strategic team as Chief Credit Officer out of the Staunton office. Cornelius, a proven credit leader, joins the FCV strategic team with a great deal of experience serving, and leading, the AgFirst district’s cooperative lending efforts.

Cornelius grew up in Cartersville, Georgia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from The University of Georgia. Cornelius went on to complete an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Southeastern Ag Lending School at Clemson University.

Cornelius began his tenured career at AgGeorgia Farm Credit where he has served as a Loan Officer, Branch Manager, and Regional Lending Manager. From there, he transitioned to Chief Credit Officer at AgChoice Farm Credit in Mechanicsburg, PA. Most recently, Cornelius served as Chief Executive Officer of Cape Fear Farm Credit in Fayetteville, NC.

In response to what he looks forward to bringing to the FCV team, Cornelius shared, “I am excited to bring my leadership experience, credit expertise, and passion for serving agriculture to the Association.”

 “Farm Credit of the Virginias is thrilled to welcome Brad to our strategic team,” said Peery Heldreth, Chief Executive Officer. “Brad joins us with 20 years of experience in the Farm Credit System. Having someone with his level of experience in agriculture, complex credit analysis, and proven leadership ability is exciting.”

Currently, Cornelius and his family are in the process of moving to Staunton, VA, and look forward to calling that community home. Cornelius and his wife, Jennifer, are proud parents of two teenage daughters, Emma and Lonni.

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

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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