Business news of local interest

Mount Aloysius recognized

CRESSON — The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division was notified that its Online RN to BSN program has been ranked 28th in the country by

Citing convenience, freedom and the variety of learning formats offered to students, noted that the Mount Aloysius RN to BSN online program provides nurses with clinical experiences and academic rigor needed to advance in the profession.

The Mount Aloysius College Onsite nursing program ranks sixth among the largest and most prestigious nursing education programs in Pennsylvania.

Local lender distributes $1.9 million in cash patronage

MARTINSBURG — AgChoice Farm Credit announces its distribution of more than $1.9 million in cash patronage to customer-owners of the Martins­­burg branch.

AgChoice distributed a total of $19.2 million to customer-owners across its territory. AgChoice’s Board of Directors, who are also customer-owners, determined the total payout based on 2016 earnings.

Patronage has been an integral part of AgChoice’s business model since the cooperative formed in 1999. The model allows the organization to build capital, share profits and lower the overall cost of borrowing to customer-owners. Annual cash payouts to customer-owners since 1999, including this year’s, total $250 million.