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Farm Credit Welcomes Shaak as Lending Intern to Abingdon

Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) recently announced Katie Shaak joined the organization as a lending intern in the Abingdon, Va., branch office.

Shaak joins FCV with a strong background in agriculture and previous experience with agricultural lending. In 2021, Shaak held an agricultural lending internship with Fulton Bank.

Originally from Lebanon County in Pennsylvania, Shaak grew up on her grandparents’ dairy farm and showed heifers at the local county fair. Their farm has since added chicken houses and converted the dairy parlor into hog facilities, and she now shows market hogs at the fair each summer.

Shaak is a senior at Penn State University studying Agribusiness Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has received the Smeal Business Certificate and will be graduating in December.

Vinson Snuffer, Regional Sales and Lending Manager, says, “We are excited to get to know Katie this summer and show her all that Farm Credit of the Virginias offers to our rural community. Her knowledge of agriculture and previous experience with agriculture lending will greatly benefit our team this summer. We hope this experience allows her to learn more about the areas she is interested in.”

“I am most excited to be able to travel around the FCV footprint and explore all the different areas of agriculture the Association supports,” Shaak said.

Shaak was involved in 4-H, National Honor Society, Key Club, Penn State THON Committee and is currently involved in FFA and Penn State’s Agribusiness Management Club. In her spare time, Shaak enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, fishing and hunting.

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $2 billion dollars in financing to more than 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.

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