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August 14, 2017
As part of a national Farm Credit Farmers Market on July 26, 2017, Calvin Riggleman from Augusta, WV brought strawberry biscuit fixer and hot pepper jelly from his farm to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Calvin 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 Calvin met with Congressman Alex Mooney as well as Senator Joe Manchin and 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.
Calvin Riggleman, owner-operator of Bigg Riggs Farm, Gourmet Central and Flying Buck Distillery
was raised helping out on his grandparents’ orchard. After his service as a United States Marine, he returned home in 2004 and worked with a local commercial kitchen to make fruit jams and jellies and he quickly sold out. His success in growing produce and making value-added products encouraged him to start his own vegetable farm. He operates a roadside stand and participates in markets in northern Virginia and Washington, DC. He also operates a distillery making fruit-based spirit.
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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