PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Farm Credit East and CoBank were honored to provide a $10,000 donation to support United Veterans of Maine’s “Project 16” campaign to establish a self-sustaining farm and living quarters for homeless veterans in Aroostook County and across Maine. The Dahlgren-Skidgel Farm of Hope, named for Medal of Honor recipients Edward C. Dahlgren and Donald S. Skidgel, held its grand opening on April 15.
“We were excited to hear about what the United Veterans of Maine were doing to get veterans off the street and onto the farm and were immediately interested in helping out,” said Peter Hallowell, branch manager at Farm Credit East’s Presque Isle office. “The Farm of Hope embodies our company mission to support agriculture, veterans and education.”
“CoBank is proud to partner with Farm Credit East and the United Veterans of Maine to support the Farm of Hope,” said Will Baildon, regional vice president, CoBank. “The farm will provide support, training and, most importantly, a place to call home for those who have proudly served their country in the armed forces.”
“We are truly appreciative of Farm Credit East’s support of our project and the grand opening,” said John Deveau, President of the United Veterans of Maine and founder of the Dahlgren-Skidgel Farm of Hope. “These funds will provide necessary services to the veterans of Aroostook County who are most deserving of our gratitude and assistance.”
“We are also proud to have two employees, tax associate Evan Richards and credit representative James Nelson, who are currently members of Maine’s Army National Guard,” added Hallowell.
About Farm Credit East
Farm Credit East extends more than $6.3 billion in loans and has 21 local offices in its seven-state service area, including one in Presque Isle, Maine. In addition to loans and leases, the member-owned cooperative also offers a full range of agriculturally specific financial services, such as tax preparation and planning, profitability consulting, record-keeping and payroll, for businesses related to farming, forestry and commercial fishing. Farm Credit East is governed by a 17-person board of directors. For more information, visit FarmCreditEast.com.
CoBank is a $128 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. For more information about CoBank, visit the bank’s web site at www.cobank.com.
—Farm Credit East
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