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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mark Your Calendar - Aim-At-Ag Sporting Clays Event Nov. 15th

Join us on Saturday, November 15th, at Black River Sporting Clays in Kingstree for the annual Aim-At-Ag Sporting Clays Tournament.  A registration/sponsorship form is available on the ArborOne website here.  For more information on how to be a part of this great event, please contact Jason Creamer ( ) or Charles Vernon ( ).

Aim-At-Ag is a fundraiser created by employees of ArborOne Farm Credit in 2011.  Over the past three years a total of $79,980 has been raised for the South Carolina 4-H and FFA Programs.  The efforts include raffles, employee donations, and the annual Sporting Clays Tournament in the fall of each year.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Daddy Always Said...

Daddy always said,"They're not making any more of it."

"It" is land.  And daddy was right, they aren't.  So if you've had your eye on some recreational property (hunting/fishing land) or finally have the opportunity to buy that farm next door, now is the time to call us.  ArborOne is running a new land promotion and we would love to help you out.

Watch for our billboards, catch our radio commercial, and call us at 800.741.7332.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 3 - 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week"


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000.

"National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide," said Secretary Vilsack. "Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food."

Thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm. They also offer additional market opportunities for local producers, especially smaller or newer operations.
In the Pee Dee region of South Carolina there are many farmers markets.  There are also local restaurants in South Carolina that are part of Commissioner Weathers' "Fresh on the Menu" program.  They serve food that has been prepared using SC Certified Local Grown items. 
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with a visit to your local farmers market!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

ArborOne Presents Check to SC FFA

Florence, SC - Twelve years ago, Jason Creamer was on the stage at the South Carolina FFA State Convention, sitting under the picture of George Washington, as state treasurer. Standing in the crowd of high energy high school students that made up the State FFA Convention on Thursday night in Clemson, SC, brought it all back to Jason.

Jason Creamer and Charles Vernon, both ArborOne Farm Credit employees, were at the FFA State Convention to present a check for $17,890 to the South Carolina FFA Program. That money represents half the proceeds from ArborOne’s annual sporting clays event, Aim-At-Ag. The other half goes to the South Carolina 4-H Program.

"It’s neat to see this concentrated group of good, bright kids, that have impressed their advisors and excelled in the FFA programs," said Creamer.

And those programs are not easy. There is leadership training which not only teaches goal setting and prioritizing; but also public speaking, etiquette classes, and competitions for public speaking and speech writing and extemporaneous speaking. Enormous value is placed on the hands on, real world training within all of the agriculture fields. There is learning in the classroom and projects outside the classroom. And contests – what often gets the most press – contests in soil judging and evaluation; livestock and horse judging; tractor driving; and so much more.

As Charles Vernon pointed out, "It was great to see that much excitement in the attendees. But it was even better to know that the money we raised with the Aim-At-Ag Sporting Clays Event is going for the programs training the future of agriculture, the future that is standing in this room, the kids."

Jason Creamer challenged the energetic crowd, "All I gained during my FFA years has helped me attain my goals, getting me where I am today. I challenge you to do whatever it takes to give back to those who have done so much for you through FFA."

About ArborOne Farm Credit
ArborOne Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member-borrowers and serving the twelve counties of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina – Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Georgetown, Lee, Marlboro, Marion, Sumter, and Williamsburg. We provide farm loans for land, equipment, livestock, and production; loans for recreational property; crop insurance; and rural home mortgages. ArborOne is part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers, ranchers, and rural America.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Golf Cart Winner Announced

Congratulations to Warren Dixon of Horry County!  Mr. Dixon won the ArborOne Farm Credit custom golf cart that was given away after our customer appreciation events held at the Florence and Conway offices in May.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Our Profits in Your Pockets

FLORENCE, SC- ArborOne Farm Credit President Kathy Heustess and Board Chairman Mickey Ward announced at a February meeting that the company experienced record earnings in 2013 and would be paying 63% of net interest earned as patronage to the cooperative’s member-owners. Since 1989, ArborOne has returned more than $74 million in cash to its customers. And in 2014, the check will be in the mail March 31st, representing approximately $3.5 million being returned to member-owners.

President and CEO Kathy Heustess stated, "As the leading agricultural lender in the Pee Dee, ArborOne remains well-capitalized and ready to lend to local farmers, agribusiness, and landowners.

"We are so proud of our 26 consecutive years of paying patronage to our member-owners."

ArborOne Farm Credit is pleased to be the go-to for agricultural lending in the twelve counties of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg. Since 1916, ArborOne has been providing loans for land, equipment, and production agriculture. The association also provides crop insurance and leasing programs. Headquartered in Florence, SC, there is also a new branch office at 1720 Mill Pond Road, Conway, SC. Information is always available online at or by calling 800.741.7332.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Farmer's Market Grants Now Available

ArborOne Farm Credit is pleased to again offer grants to local, community-based farmer's markets within their twelve county territory.  Last year, the association awarded $500 grants to markets in the Pee Dee and is hoping to reach even more this year.  The monies are to be used to promote the market.

To find out if your market is eligible, please contact Mary Kelley at 800.741.7332 or via e-mail

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