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24 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THUI~DAY, JUNE 17, 1982 Q $65,000,000 That's a staggering figure. And even more so when you realize that it represents the total loan volume of the farmers we serve in the eight Virginia and West Virginia counties that surround Winchester. Taken a step further, that means $65,000,000 of agricultural productivity. That may come as a surprise to some people. But not to us. At Farm Credit, we have only one job: serving the credit needs of American farmers and their cooperatives. We take greatpride in this vitally important task, in helping to finance the operations of the nation's greatest industry. And we do so as an independent lending in- stitution, owned and directed by the farmers we serve. Farmers like Ken McDonald. SUCCESSFUL FARMER/FARM CREDIT DIRECTOR A member of our Board of Directors since 1978, and a member/borrower of Farm Credit since 1967, Ken and his family own and operate a 681 acre orchard operation near Martinsburg. Like many farm families, the McDonalds' I ave built their operation as an independent car and have done so through the hard work and novative practices that make American the most productive in the world. Their hard work includes the efforts of wife, Mary, who handles the operation' business management; brothers William Stewart, in charge of maintenance and respectively: and their father, James. Now in 80's, he is president of J. E. McDonald and Inc and still takes an active role in the o by nurturing seedlings. Several other famil members also work full-time on the farm, the family employs an average of 44 people To round out the operation's staff. But it's taken more than hard work alone make the McDonalds' so successful. It's perseverance and the will to go on when a is destroyed by a hailstorm. It's taken the cooperation of every member of the family. taken good employees, and good businesl management. And it's taken innovative fa practices, like the installation of giant win machines to ward off killing frost and the struction of two controlled atmosphere units, which keep fruit fresh for months. J. Kenneth McDonald ::::: iilii t~ ,~: ~ ~j!i!! And the McDonalds' will tell you that in addition i ii: to hard work and innovation, success also means keeping pace with the rising costs that plague today's economy. That's where Farm Credit has become a vital part of their operatio'h, providing the funds for growth and expansion, and the financial means through which the McDonald s have built their independent family corporation. We're as proud of success stories like the Mc- Donalds as we are of attaining the $65,000,000 mark, because our growth is a direct reflection of the growth of American agriculture. From fund provision for farm land purchases, :i:: building construction, and capital improvements, I L to equipment, feed, seed, fertilizer, and livestock purchases, Farm Credit is there. We understand agriculture's unique credit needs and we meet them. :: Farm Credit Service: growing with our progressive agricultural community because e in Memi:~r Chomber of Commerce 703-662-3473 703459-2232 70: 143 304-263-6951 304-725-8465