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November 19, 2014
Farm Credit of the Virginias recently completed the 2014 director and nominating committee election. The members elected to serve a four year term are Bobby C. Gray, William J. Franklin, Jr. and W.W. (Monk) Sanford, III. Charles (Chuck) Horn was elected to fill the unexpired one year term of Tom Thacker.
Bobby C. Gray (incumbent) of Abingdon, VA raises dairy breeding stock and maintains a beef cow herd in addition to raising corn and hay. He is a member of the Washington County Virginia Farm Bureau and was a former director of Southern States Co-op in Abingdon, VA. He is currently serving on the Advisory Committee for the Washington County Virginia School system.
William (Bill) Franklin, Jr. (incumbent) of Duffield, VA is the owner and operator of Franklin Farms which consists of a registered Angus cow/calf operation and a commercial cow/calf operation. He is the CEO for Scott County Telephone Cooperative and serves on the Board of Directors for the IRIS a TNN, LLC, Carolina-Virginia Telephone Association. Mr. Franklin is the president of the Scott County Cattle Association Board and has been a Farm Credit director since 1995.
W.W. (Monk) Sanford (incumbent) of Orange, VA is the owner and operator of Kenwood, LLC, a dairy and beef cow/calf farm. He serves on the Board of Directors for Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers, Battlefield DHIA and Virginia State Dairymen’s Association. Mr. Sanford has been a Farm Credit director since 1995 and a past Chairman of the Board.
Charles (Chuck) Horn of Mt. Solon, VA operates Delta Spring Farm, Inc. which consists primarily of beef, turkeys and broilers. The farming operation is also able to background and finish approximately 600 head annually. Mr. Horn served on the Virginia Poultry Federation Board for seven years. He has also served on the FSA County Committee for six years and is currently serving as chairman of the Augusta Petroleum Cooperative Board.
Members elected to the 2015 Nominating Committee are: W. Douglas Riley, Robert Wise, Jon L. McDonald, Jennifer Showalter, Parrish Pendley and William West.
W. Douglas Riley of Staunton, VA is the owner and manager of Rocking R Farms which consists of beef, sheep, goats, turkeys and corn. Mr. Riley has served on various boards and is an active member in his community.
Robert Wise of Ft. Defiance, VA has a beef and hay operation in Augusta County which he runs with his wife, Helen. They are both active members within their community.
Jon L. McDonald of Rockbridge, VA farms beef, turkeys and hay. He serves as a board member for Rockbridge County Farm Bureau.
Jennifer Showalter of Fairfield, VA works on her family’s beef cattle farm and manages her own cow/calf operation as well. She is a freelance writer for Farm Credit of the Virginias and The Working Ranch Magazine.
Parrish Pendley of Murraysville, WV is the owner and operator of his full time farming operation. Mr. Pendley has served on the West Virginia. Mr. Pendley has served on the West Virginia Farm Bureau State board for the past several years.
William C. West of Ripley, WV is a beef farmer and a retired Ag Ed teacher from Ripley High School. He has served on the WV State FFA Foundation as President and treasurer of Cedar Lakes Foundation.
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