Knowledge Center Team

Meet the people behind the Knowledge Center who work to share farming information and spread the word about what's going on in agriculture.

Click on any of our names to send us an email, or feel free to give us a call!

brand,bette.jpgBette Brand

Chief External Affairs Officer

Bette Brand has 32 years of experience with Farm Credit.  She grew up on a family farm in Bedford County and graduated in 1982 from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Animal Science and in 1990 with a MBA.  Her career with Farm Credit began when she graduated and she has held the positions of loan officer, marketing manager, Chief Financial Officer, Regional Lending Manager and currently serves as the Chief Sales Officer.  She supports the lending team in business development and also advocates for farmers, rural communities and Farm Credit with elected officials at the state and national level.  She also serves on several industry boards.  She is excited to be a part of the team at the Knowledge Center to help all farmers be successful.

Phone: (540) 309-1187

 

Kyley-web.jpgKyley Clevenger

Knowledge Center Director

Kyley Clevenger recently joined Farm Credit of the Virginias in May of 2013 to serve as the Knowledge Center Coordinator. She grew up on her family farm in Stephenson, VA showing livestock on the local, state and national level and participated on multiple livestock judging teams. Kyley graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with a B.S. degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown and became actively involved in various agricultural organizations such as the Ag Advisory Council, the county Fair Board, Leader of the 4-H Livestock Club for Frederick County as well as serves as a committee member for several livestock shows. She is blessed to be a part of this exciting initiative with the Knowledge Center and is looking forward to working with the agricultural community.

Phone: (540) 434-7035 ext. 5616

 

webert-picture-june-2014-crop-u39736.jpgRebecca Webert

Knowledge Center Communications Specialist

Rebecca Webert joined Farm Credit of the Virginias in May of 2014 as the Knowledge Center Communications Specialist.  Rebecca has been involved in agriculture her whole life, growing up on her family farm in Shenandoah County.  She was active in 4-H and FFA, was on several judging teams including the Virginia Tech Collegiate Judging Team and showed cattle on a local, regional and national level.  Rebecca graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 with a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science and Texas A&M in 2008 with a M.S. in Animal Breeding.  Since then she has been the Executive Director of the Virginia Angus Association and most recently the Education and Information Coordinator for Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District.  She and her husband also own a business providing marketing and graphic design services to livestock producers.  She is excited to be a part of the Knowledge Center and looks forward to helping the agricultural community.

Phone: (540) 347-3344 ext. 5514
 

Lauren ArbogastLauren Arbogast

Knowledge Center Relation Specialist

Lauren Arbogast married into a third generation beef, poultry, and crop farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2005, and quickly found a passion for sharing her newfound love for farm life as a former city girl. Lauren has a B.S. in Health Sciences from James Madison University, and a M.Ed. from Liberty University. Prior to joining the Farm Credit team in 2017, Lauren worked as a preschool special education teacher, incorporating agriculture into daily lessons and district-wide events. Lauren's work for agriculture in the school setting culminated with two awards in 2014: Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year, as well as the National Agriculture in the Classroom/USDA Teaching Agriculture Excellence Award. After leaving the classroom, Lauren worked as an Instructional Designer, creating educational experiences for her agriculture-minded clients.

Lauren completed the VALOR fellowship through Virginia Tech, and is also a “Face of Farming and Ranching” for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance for 2017. She helps on the farm as she can, often advocating for agriculture through her blog or social media sites. Being a part of the Farm Credit Knowledge Center team is an exciting opportunity to engage her education background with the agriculture community to help all farms and farmers be successful.

Phone: (540) 434-7035 ext. 5270