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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.

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We All Scream for...Ice Cream!

Beef month in May, followed by Dairy month in June is a pretty tough combination to beat...that is of course unless you decide to make July National Ice Cream month!  While I have to admit that I love dairy in general, ice cream has always been a special treat, so I love that ice cream gets its own “national” month!
 
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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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Reflections on International Dairy Federation World Summit

“The compulsory compliance of Dutch dairy farmers to the ANCA model provides an important lesson to  American agriculture.”  
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Beef Cows vs. Dairy Cows - Get the "skinny"

We had steaks last night for dinner (happens a lot in our house, when you raise beef cattle, beef in some form tends to be on the menu a lot!), at the very specific request of our five year old.  Said five year old is currently very much in to associating where different things come from, so it was not a total surprise when he asked where the beef he was eating comes from.  Knowing my child, I knew this was not a question of where the specific animal had originated, but rather a more general question of where beef comes from.  While we have had this conversation several times, he likes to reaffirm what he already knows.  Upon reminding him that beef comes from beef cows like the ones we raise, he promptly responds with “and milk comes from dairy cows!” 
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Dairy Management Institute: Helping Dairymen Make the Best Decisions

Do you know if your dairy operation is profitable or not?  Do you know what it is costing you to produce a 100 lbs. of milk?  Are your costs in line with other dairies?  Do you know how the profitability of your dairy compares to averages and benchmarks for the dairy industry?  Are you struggling given today’s milk prices and wondering how to increase your margins?
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