Not all heroes wear capes (Credit Corner)
(Editor’s note: Tom Truitt is the president and chief executive officer of MidAtlantic Farm Credit.)
We’ve heard this phrase a lot over the past several months as teachers, nurses, doctors, medics, and other first responders scrambled to adapt and handle the aftermath of the arrival of COVID-19.
It takes a certain person to risk their lives to serve others, and to all of you who made the selfless decision to go into that line of work, I speak for everyone at MidAtlantic Farm Credit when I say thank you.
Many of our neighbors are not only serving their community as a first responder, but also as an agricultural producer.
Our most recent Leader magazine featured four of our members who work on the front lines for hours, battling fires or tending to injuries, then head home to put in more hours in the field or barn.
Jason Sauder of Lancaster County, Pa., is one of those members. He joined his local volunteer fire company at the young age of 15. Today, he not only continues to volunteer, but he and his wife, Melissa, host training sessions with the fire company on their farm, where they raise cattle and grow corn and soybeans.
Over in Bel Air, Md., Jonathan Ruff is a full-time lieutenant with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department in addition to being a ninth-generation farmer. He owns and operates Ruffs Chance Farm, a 131-acre operation where he grows corn and soybeans, and raises Black Angus cattle.
Ken Blair, Army veteran-turned-poultry grower, farms 29 acres with his wife, Marissa, in Belle Haven, Va.. After leaving the Army, Ken remained in service, becoming a member of the National Guard and firefighter/paramedic. Today, he’s preparing to go through flight surgeon training while sharpening his beekeeping skills. I’d love just an ounce of this guy’s energy.
And Caroline “Dixie” Boyd Scheulen of Winchester, Va., comes from a long line of farmers, which taught her all about work ethic. She became a nurse, and today, she juggles that with running a 1,000-acre operation and event venue with her family.
To read more about these four local heroes, read the latest issue of our Leader magazine, titled “Rural Responders,” at mafc.com/mixtape.
I know we’re all anxiously waiting to close the book on 2020.
Despite the many challenges this year brought our way, we’ve all learned a lot about ourselves and the resiliency that makes up the agriculture industry.
Without a doubt, we’re all walking into this New Year wiser and stronger, and we look forward to working with you every step of the way.
Give us a call at 888-339-3334 or visit mafc.com to learn more about how Farm Credit can help finance your rural dreams.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season.