A whole pickup truck full of shovels was needed for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the newest Farm Credit Services of Mid-America office. It will be located in Washington. A number of Farm Credit leaders and local employees and dignitaries pitched in to pitch the first few shovels of dirt for the new facility.
Members from the building and construction companies that will actually erect the new structure were also part of the groundbreaking ceremony.
Dick Poe, senior vice-president for financial services, sees the project in Washington as more than just building a new building. “We are excited to offer the community of Washington a brand new Farm Credit Services office,” he says. He believes the fact that they can build a new office reflects progress within the Farm Credit organization.
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America serves four states- Indiana plus Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. More renovations, rebuilds and groundbreakings for farm credit offices are planned for the last five months of 2012, Poe notes. Each one signifies that the organization is growing and making significant progress, he says.
The building and opening of the office in Washington fits a strategic plan with expected growth in the area. Summer Goldman, regional vice-president, says it’s a commitment to agriculture and the community they serve. “We are excited by the opportunity to serve the Washington community,” Goldman says.
Customers and new potential customers won’t have long to wait to do business in the new building in this southern Indiana community.
Officials say the building should be completed in early December of 2012.
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is an $18.4 billion financial services cooperative, officials say. Members who borrow money own the cooperative. Farm Credit Services of Mid-America alone serves 96,500 farmers and rural clients. Loans can be made for real estate, housing and operating credit for farmers. Farm Credit also offers related services, including crop insurance.