Farm Credit Welcomes Wolfinger to Agribusiness Lending Team
Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV), a lending cooperative that serves Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland, announced that Aaron Wolfinger joined the Association’s agribusiness lending team as a relationship manager based at the Harrisonburg branch. Wolfinger will focus his efforts on retaining and growing the wood industry segment of the agribusiness portfolio.
Originally from Coudersport, Pa., Wolfinger has called Crozet, Va. home for the past two years. Wolfinger grew up helping his father and grandfather in their forestry consulting business, where he developed a strong appreciation for the industry. He spent summers collecting and analyzing timber data for future timber sales, as well as coordinating with local sawmills, loggers and foresters. Wolfinger followed his passion for forestry to Penn State, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Ecosystem Management with a minor in Agribusiness Management. He is a Certified Tree Farm Inspector for the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation and he holds a Commercial Remote Pilot Certificate. In addition to those certifications, Wolfinger is also a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), Virginia Tree Farm Foundation and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
Prior to joining the FCV team, Wolfinger served as a consulting forester for a local forest management company for two years. He also gained experience in the industry during internships in college with a lumber company in New York. Additionally, Wolfinger is no stranger to the Farm Credit system, as he was a participant of the AgChoice Scholars program, a one-year experiential learning opportunity which offered a small group of Penn State students a glimpse at the inner-workings of the Farm Credit System and the agricultural lending industry.
Wolfinger brings experience, knowledge and a willingness to learn to his new role with FCV. “I am most looking forward to the in-person interactions I will have with borrowers. I am excited to hear their stories and learn about their business goals so that I can best serve their needs,” said Wolfinger regarding his position. “I also hope that my knowledge of and passion for the timber and wood products industries will enable me to establish strong working relationships with borrowers."
Regional sales and lending manager, Dustin Bowman, said, “We’re excited to have Aaron join us at Farm Credit of the Virginias. Anyone who interacts with him will quickly notice his knowledge and passion for the wood industry. He was also a participant in the AgChoice Farm Credit Scholars Program, so we’re glad to have him back in the Farm Credit family.”
In his spare time, Wolfinger enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and playing other recreational sports. He also enjoys spending quality time with his wife and dog, in addition to other family members and friends.
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.