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.

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Show Me The Beef!

May is Beef Month…which causes a happy dance in our house.  We eat quite a bit of beef in our house all year long, from steaks to burgers, roasts and just about everything in between! 
 
Nation-wide there are approximately 727,906 beef farms and ranches.  Of these 91% are family owned...
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Telling Your Agriculture Story - Why?

If you have attended any agricultural conferences or meetings lately, you very well may have heard someone say that agriculture as an industry needs to do a better job “telling our story”.  That message is resonating more and more through the agriculture community, but have you hear why?
 
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10 Things To Do To Prepare Your Equipment For Spring

The weather is finally starting to get a little warmer in this area, which hopefully means that spring-like weather is on its way to stay (I know, I know, technically spring started almost 2 weeks ago, but it definitely hasn’t felt like it!).  With spring, farmers who plant annual crops, or who make hay, are starting to think about spring planting, and that first cutting of hay.  Before you head out to the fields, it’s always smart to run through some general maintenance on your equipment…
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Helping Producers Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness

How do I get the most out of my pastures?  How many animals can I successfully graze?  How long should I leave them in a pasture?  How close to the ground should I/can I graze without damaging the grass?  How long should I wait before putting animals back on the pasture?  What is overgrazing and how does it affect my production?  How do I efficiently graze the pasture I have?
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What's In An Acre?

In our area (Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland) farmers often talk about the amount of land that they own in acres...50 acres, 100 acres, 1000 acres.  (Fun fact: as you move towards the central and western part of the country, land is sometimes measure in hectares, which is approximately 2.47 acres).  But what does an acre of land look like?  And what can it produce?
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