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Rows of fresh turnips, okra and watermelons were the images Helen Godfrey Smith had in mind when she visualized farmland in the Mississippi Delta.

“While the Delta has been a vibrant community, that’s not the case anymore,” said Godfrey Smith, president/CEO of the $102 million Shreveport Federal Credit Union in Shreveport, La. “What’s happening is casinos are moving in, the older people who have farms – the younger people are just not interested in farming. With that in mind, we began to look at what we can do.”

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