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August 14, 2017
As part of a national Farm Credit Farmers Market on July 26, 2017, Eli Cook from Slanesville, WV brought peach syrup from his farm to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Eli joined more than 600 Farm Credit leaders from all across the country who traveled to Washington to meet with lawmakers and advocate for passing a strong Farm Bill on time that includes a farm safety net.
During the visit Eli met with Congressman Alex Mooney as well as Senator Shelley Moore Capito to discuss the Farm Bill and how Farm Credit fulfills its mission to support rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Spring Valley Farm & Orchard is a family owned and operated diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Hampshire County, WV. With the addition of several greenhouses Eli and his wife Misty Cook grow vegetables “fresh from the ground year round.” They own and operate two roadside markets and participate in several farmers markets in northern Virginia and Washington, DC . The Cooks enjoy building trust and forming relationships with people who buy their produce. One of Eli’s favorite things is being able to speak to customers about the farm at the markets.
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 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 www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com.
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