AgBiz Program Participants Attend Conference in Raleigh

AgBiz Program Participants Attend Conference in Raleigh North Carolina

AgBiz Program Participants Attend Conference in Raleigh

STATESVILLE, NC – AgSouth Farm Credit is proud to have hosted 13 participants in the 2023 AgBiz Program.  Many recently attended the AgBiz Conference in Raleigh, NC as the culmination of the program. 

Farmers interested in sharpening their farm business finance skills can apply to participate in the Farm Credit University AgBiz two-part program.  There are two separate online e-learning courses designed for farmers at different stages in their career (AgBiz Planner and AgBiz Basics). The program concludes with an in-person networking and educational two-day conference, recently held in Raleigh, NC. The Conference is held jointly with AgSouth Farm Credit, AgCarolina Farm Credit, Colonial Farm Credit, and Farm Credit of the Virginias. 

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus from Virginia Tech, an agricultural finance and business management expert leads the course. The program teaches young, beginning, small, veteran, and/or minority farmers new business skills to successfully manage and grow their farming operations.

The class of AgSouth AgBiz participants are: 

AgBiz Planner Course:
•    Rachel Baran – Waynesville, NC 
•    Erin Cockerham – Jonesville, NC
•    Barbara Crooks – Westminister, SC
•    Corey Deibel – Carthage, NC
•    Nicole Lane – Aiken, SC
•    William & Danielle Moss – Ramsuer, NC
•    Carole Zempel – Johnston, SC

AgBiz Basics Course: 
•    Gail Ballard – Hapeville, GA
•    Jessica Fruth – Elgin, SC
•    Daphne Jensen – Stony Point, NC
•    Carrie Johnson – Branchville, NC
•    Adriane Watkins Mingo – Charlotte, NC
•    Quinton Whitener – Carlisle, SC

In addition to the online course, participants had a mentoring relationship with an AgSouth Farm Credit loan officer.  Mentors were available to answer questions throughout the program and attended the conference to further strengthen the relationship. 

“Our Ag Biz Planner and Ag Biz Basics programs are two more ways that AgSouth Farm Credit helps support agriculture and the rural communities in which we live and serve. The programs allow young, beginning, small, and minority farmers the opportunity to learn many valuable lessons that will help make their businesses successful,” says Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO, AgSouth Farm Credit.

To  learn more about AgSouth Farm Credit’s AgBiz Planner and AgBiz Basics Programs and to apply for next year, please visit

About AgSouth:
AgSouth Farm Credit provides loans for land, equipment, and production agriculture; crop insurance; leasing; and home mortgages. The Association serves counties in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina. AgSouth is an equal housing lender and an equal opportunity provider.