Leader: Cultivating Supportive Communities

Volume 26 Issue 1

A Message from the President, Tom Truitt: 

Anyone who lives and works in the agriculture industry will tell you it is similar to one large family. When a member of our community faces a challenge, we all feel it, too. We pull together when times get tough, and then we celebrate each other’s successes. This past year challenged all of us in new ways, and having this support system was critical. It still is. 

The four customers we feature in this special issue of the Leader work with those in their local communities to help take care of their mental wellbeing. In their own unique ways, they are working to bring more awareness to this topic, and we’re honored to share their stories with you.  

It truly does take a village to get through tough times, and the topic of mental health and wellbeing is an important one. On pages 12 and 13, you’ll find a story of a Colorado family and how a tragedy they experienced is shedding light on this issue in their local community. We also include several local resources for you on farm stress management and rural health. 

And, don’t forget that you have access to our member assistance program — a completely free resource, available 24/7, offering guidance on a variety of topics for you and your family. More details can be found at mafc.com/map and page 17. 

-Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Check out the issue to read the full stories!


Joan Marie Twining of Glen Arm, Maryland

Joan and her husband started Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES) in 1997 and since have been helping their students find therapeutic ways of dealing with mental health since 2001.

Read the full story here!

Don Hoover of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Don grew up on his family farm in Lancaster County and now owns and leads Binkley & Hurst equipment dealership. Don helps to strengthen their local farming community and connect farmers through faith and gratitude.

Read the full story here!

Dr. James "Toby" Behrmann of Martinsburg, West Virginia

Dr. Behrmann, a full-time clinical psychologist, and his wife Suzanne own and operate Sheperd's Whey Creamery and advocate for building your support network and asking for help when you need it.

Read the full story here!

Bekah Baughman of Lincoln, Delaware

Bekah and her mother, licensed clinician social worker, Rosemary Baughman, own and operate Courageous Hearts Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning Center LLC, helping people of all ages work through mental health challenges.

Read the full story here!


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