Knowledge Center Blog

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

Start Them Young: Agriculture at an Early Age

 You don’t have to turn far to read headlines that partner the words STEM and education, simply meaning the emphasis in curriculum and classroom activities on science, technology, engineering, and math. This curriculum priority stretches from the preschool classroom to the graduating seniors, and permeates all disciplines. Teachers are often overwhelmed trying to get the necessary curriculum covered along with the additional standards-based learning, while also providing experiences for students that are problem-based and include STEM concepts.
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Have a Discussion, Not a Disagreement

Weather, pests, illness, fluctuating prices for fertilizer, seed, feed and every changing supply and demand markets – these are issues that farmers have been dealing with for generations.  And each of these things by themselves can present significant challenges in any given year…the recent devastation in South Texas and Florida due to flooding from hurricanes and the wildfires that plagued several states in the mid-west this year because of extremely dry conditions are prime examples.  But farmers today faces new challenges as well, challenges that previous generations did not face, at least not in the same way.
 
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A New Season

With the arrival of cooler temperatures and shorter days, it may seem like things should be slowing down on farms in the area.  However, just the opposite is true.  The fall months can be some of the busiest for some farmers – while hay season is now a thing of the past, there is still plenty happening on farms.
 
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Its State Fair Time!

The State Fair of Virginia starts this coming Friday!  For many 4-H and FFA kids, this is the culmination of their work all year – to show their projects at the State Fair.  This could be produce they’ve grown, food they’ve made, photographs they’ve taken, arts or crafts they’ve created, or livestock they have raised and worked with.
 
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Tools for Beginning Farmers - Decision Making

Let's face it, beginning a farm or agribusiness is tough.  There are many different factors to consider, and it can be costly.   Fortunately there are resources available that can help.  We'll be sharing some different resources periodically on this blog.  This week, we'd like to share a great resource from North Carolina's Cooperative Extension on Decision Making.
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