Volume 25 Issue 1
A Message from the President, Tom Truitt:
"There’s a lot about my job I enjoy, but one thing I never tire of is hearing the unique stories of our members. Some span decades – centuries even, in some cases – while others only a year or two. But regardless of whether I’m talking to a customer in their 50s or one in their 20s, you start to hear common themes among them – a dream, determination, and a passion for what they do.
Farm Credit’s mission is to help all of agriculture, and we take that seriously. As the average age of today’s farmer continues to creep closer to 60, it’s crucial we not only support those who have made the industry what it is today, but to be there for those just entering the field with the hope of progressing it for future generations. The four customers featured in this issue of the Leader are stellar examples of this up and coming cohort of young producers.
This issue also announces the dates of our 2020 customer events (page 12) and the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement’s new Community Education Program, aimed at providing financial support to organizations and programs educating our communities about agriculture (page 13). And, for all you budding entrepreneurs - don’t miss our article on page 14 on how to write a farm business plan, complete with a link to where you can download a template to help make the process even easier. We also have a code for you to get 50% off a QuickBooks subscription to help get you started on the right foot (back cover).
Wishing you all a happy and healthy spring,
- Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit"
Starting with a Sound Plan - Keith Stauffer
Story and photos by Sally Scholle
Keith Stauffer of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania can trace his family’s roots back to Switzerland, which is where he says his love of agriculture stems from. He started raising sheep in 2019, but his ultimate goal is to expand into an agritourism venture to create an interactive experience for the public.
Taking their First Big Step with a Little Help - Alex and Brooke Moore
Story and photos by Nancy L. Smith
Alex and Brooke Moore purchased a 173 acre farm in Queenstown, Maryland with the help of Farm Credit and Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation’s (MARBIDCO) Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program. The young couple plan to build three poultry houses on the property to create a legacy they hope to pass down to their children.
A Fresh Venture Brings in New Responsibilities - Jacob Shriver
Story and photos by Andrea Haines
Red Dust Farm in Emmitsburg, Maryland is owned and operated by 23-year-old Jacob Shriver. Jacob’s a careful businessman, who credits much of his success to his family, friends, and savvy social media advertising skills.
The Right Partner Helps the Stephens' Family Farm Thrive - Josh and Amber Stephens
Story and photos by Susan Walker
Josh and Amber Stephens met at a livestock show in college. Today, they own Double S Farm in Quicksburg, Virginia where they continue to pursue their passion for cattle and raise their young family.