Farm Credit Teams Step Up in Wake of Ohio Storms



At Farm Credit, we’re there for our customers and communities in good times and bad.

November 28, 2017    |    News Stories
At Farm Credit, we’re there for our customers and communities in good times and bad. When western Ohio was hit by tornadoes on Sunday, November 5, we had an opportunity to put this promise into action.

Celina, Ohio and the surrounding area was impacted by damaging winds, which were reported at more than 130 miles an hour and caused significant damage to the community. Mayor Jeff Hazel declared a state of emergency during the storms.

Team members at the Celina office jumped into action, spearheading efforts to help victims of these storms. Many of the victims were farmers and our customers.

Scott Laguire, a financial officer at the Celina office, was one of many volunteers who stepped in to help.

“We identified all customers impacted by Sunday’s storms. I made visits to most of them on Monday morning, and delivered lunch to six different groups on Monday.” said Scott. “On Tuesday, a number of us purchased food, made 400 sandwiches and boxed them up with snacks to take to our customers.”

Volunteers package food for victims of Ohio storms.

The Celina team members worked on the boxed lunches without lights or electricity due to storm-related power outages. Team members split into five teams to deliver the lunches and left extras to feed storm victims for dinner.

“I’ve been out visiting and taking food to some of our neighbors who were hit badly, and others are doing the same, helping in any way possible,” said Carol Siefring, another Celina team member. “The tornado touched down just a quarter mile from my family’s farm so the devastation really hit close to home.”

On Wednesday, team members from the Versailles and Eaton offices also provided relief by cooking 450 pork loins for the victims of the storms and the clean-up crews.

Volunteers cook pork loins for storm victims.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped,” said Dudley Lipps, a Versailles team member. “I’m proud to be part of an organization that cares for its communities like this.”

To learn more about Farm Credit’s efforts to support the future of rural communities and agriculture, visit our community page.