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

This is why we do it...

If you’re a parent of a 4-H, FFA or junior livestock member, you know its that time of year. What time? Show time! Yes, there have been spring jackpot and preview shows, but for most "show families", livestock show season starts to really pick up in the summer and fall months. Regional and Preview shows, Junior Nationals, county and state fairs, and even national shows will begin to consume a lot of time. That was definitely the case for our family when I was growing up, and we are starting the same tradition with our boys. Early mornings, late nights, months of work at home before going to the show, and a lot of work for one day; sound fun?
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National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

June bring the official beginning of summer, and its also National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month...perfect timing!  We are fortunate to have access to so many fresh fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores year round, but for me, nothing beats being able to grow your own (in a garden if you have the space, or even in some pots on  an apartment patio!), or buying from a local farmers market.
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Farming Methods - Crop Rotation

I love this time of year, especially when we have been fortunate to have the amount of rain that we have received so far this spring (my husband has more mixed feelings about the rain – it has made making hay very difficult, but the pastures and crop ground is looking pretty good).  I love all of the green – the green pastures providing plenty of feed for livestock (translation – no more winter feeding!!), the trees with their full canopies, the flowers in full bloom, and the life I see all around – especially in the newly planted crop fields.  Do you live near or drive by some of those fields on a regular basis?  Have you noticed the little green shoots starting to come up?  Do they look different than last years?  Wondering why?
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Did You Know - Dairy!

Cheese, milk, sour cream, butter – in our house we use a lot of these, and so it is a running joke that for us, every month is “dairy month”.  In truth, June is National Dairy Month – and it gives everyone a great reason to truly celebrate and appreciate everything that dairy farmers help to provide in our everyday lives. 
 
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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!  This is a time for enjoying your friends and family, in this amazing country we are blessed to call home.  But it is also a time for honoring those who have sacrificed so that we can enjoy this time, and all of these freedoms.
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