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The Business of Agriculture

We're highlighting summer internship season at Farm Credit all this week with some help from three guest bloggers who are currently interning at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Nathan Chauhan is a senior at Florida State University majoring in accounting with a minor in real estate. Would you like to share your Farm Credit internship story? Drop us a line at ask@farmcredit.com.

Waking up before any of my three alarms went off could give one an idea how nervous I was about my first day as an intern at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Being apprehensive I would be late on my first day, I ended up arriving thirty minutes early and waiting at a nearby Kangaroo gas station. However, once I met my fellow interns and saw they were just as nervous about the new journey we were about to embark on together made me feel much more comfortable. I think all our worries dissolved once everyone welcomed us with that Georgia southern hospitality.

In our first meeting, the chief relationship manager asked us the simple question, “What comes to mind, when you think of the word farming?” Each of our answers varied by a great deal due to our diverse backgrounds. The next day we went on our first farm visit, and by the end of day we realized the true definition of farming. It meant more than cows, plows and sows. It’s about ensuring safe food for us nationally and globally. Farmers are intelligent business owners, speculating the markets and documenting trends about consumer preferences.

We're highlighting summer internship season at Farm Credit all this week with some help from three guest bloggers who are currently interning at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Alicia Aldridge is a student at Florida State University. Would you like to share your Farm Credit internship story? Drop us a line at ask@farmcredit.com.

Growing up near the beach in Destin, Fla. I never imagined I would one day be eating sweet corn picked straight from the field. Farm Credit allowed that experience to happen when we went on our farm visit.

Along with getting a little mud on my loafers, I gained a wealth of knowledge of the business aspect of farming. I learned like any other business, farming involves a great deal of risk and a whole lot of preparation and luck. Also, I learned while talking to the farmers that Farm Credit is much more than a financial lender; they are trusted advisers. Our relationship manager knew all sorts of things about the farm family we visited—everything from their child’s favorite sport to their personal dreams of expanding their business.

I look forward to the rest of the time I have this summer with Southwest Georgia Farm Credit—understanding how they build lifelong relationships with local farmers and farm businesses.

We're highlighting summer internship season at Farm Credit all this week with some help from three guest bloggers who are currently interning at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Alicia Aldridge is a student at Florida State University. Would you like to share your Farm Credit internship story? Drop us a line at ask@farmcredit.com.

We're highlighting summer internship season at Farm Credit all this week with some help from three guest bloggers who are currently interning at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Alicia Aldridge is a student at Florida State University. Would you like to share your Farm Credit internship story? Drop us a line at ask@farmcredit.com.