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September 23, 2019
- Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) recently announced that Virginia Tech grad, Hunter Watkins, has joined the Culpeper branch lending team. Watkins joins the team with enthusiasm for his new role and a very strong agricultural background.
Watkins grew up and currently resides in Louisa County, Virginia. He grew up learning and working on his family’s beef cattle farm. Much of his high school career, he showed registered Simmental and Angus cattle, in addition to competing in a variety of 4-H and FFA contests.
Watkins graduated from Virginia Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Management. While at Virginia Tech, Watkins competed on the Livestock Judging Team and was accepted to serve on the Beef Leadership Council.
Upon graduation, Watkins worked part-time as a Livestock Marketing Specialist for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) while simultaneously serving as an Agriculture Program Associate in the Spotsylvania County Extension office.
Watkins and his wife currently operate their own small herd of Simmental and SimAngus beef cattle in Louisa, Virginia. He is a member of the Central Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and the American Simmental Association.
In regards to his new role, Watkins shared, “I am excited to be able to work with local producers and help solve real-world problems. Also, I am very excited to work with young and beginning farmers that are getting started in production agriculture and help them achieve their goals.”
Becky Ramsey, Culpeper Branch Manager, said, “Having recently graduated with a degree in Agribusiness and his wealth of experience in the cattle industry, Hunter is bringing a fresh perspective and will serve as a true asset to our customer-owners. We are excited to welcome Hunter to our team!”
About Farm Credit of the Virginias
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 over 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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