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Welcome to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center Blog!  This blog is a combination of posts from industry experts, Knowledge Center staff and guest contributors covering all aspects of agriculture and life in the country.  We want you to participate in this blog, sharing your thoughts and comments about the topics posted here.

Recent Posts

When in Doubt...

Anyone else feel like winter finally woke up, looked and the calendar, and said “I better get a move on it” last week?  We have had a fairly mild winter with next to no snow, and with Spring a week away, we get the most significant accumulation of snow we’ve had all year last Monday night/Tuesday.  Granted, it was still not a huge amount, definitely less than we’ve seen in previous years, but it came with cold temperatures and some pretty nasty wind.  And of course, for many cattlemen, it came right as cows are calving.  Many producers will hold off calving in January and February, and aim instead for the end of February into March to try to avoid some of the really bad winter weather, and this storm just proved that strategy doesn’t always work.  In fact, I know of two situations where a calf was born early Tuesday morning…
 
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Why Agriculture?

There have been several times over the years when someone would ask “Why do you want to be involved in agriculture?”; “Why do you want to work in the agriculture/cattle/livestock industry?”; or “Why would you want to raise cattle/crops/hay?”  The questions may vary slightly, but essentially they were asking “Why agriculture?”  Seems like a simple question doesn’t it?  And many of us can (and usually do) give a fairly simple answer, but the truth is so much more complicated. 
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Be Curious

Chances are, we've all been a situation at some point in our lives where things were not as they appeared.  As a parent, and a livestock owner, I know I have been.  A child having a meltdown in public that we handle the best way that we can, an animal that has gotten injured through something completely out of our control, and many other situations...from the outside looking in these can look very different from what they actually are. 
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Myths in Agriculture - Chickens

With the majority of Americans at least 2 generation removed from agriculture, and the incredible pace of innovations and new technology in agriculture, it is not suprising that the number of myths and misconceptions abotu agriculture and agricultural practices are growing.  Throughout the year we will be sharing some of those myths, and the truths associated, as provided by experts in the agriculture industry.  First up - chicken myths!
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Farming Methods - Cover Crops

I know it is not technically spring yet, although you would have a hard time proving that with the weather we had in Virginia this past weekend.  This is the time of year though when you can just see spring trying to break through.  In many places, as you drive past fields that have been brown and covered with crop residue for most of the winter, there is now green peeking through.  While the warmer than normal temperatures do have some impact on this, for many of those fields that green would be showing about now anyway, thanks to cover crops.
 
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