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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Safety First and Always

“Safety first” is a phrase we have all heard in some way shape or form.  And on a farm, safety, and health, are extremely important for so many reasons…and should be a focus each and every day.  Agriculture is one of the most dangerous professions there is, but it is easy to get comfortable when things go smoothly, or it is something that has been done hundreds of time with no adverse effects.
 
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Dairy and Dads...June is a Great Month

What are the qualities that you look for most in a leader?  Who do you know that exemplifies gravitas?  I was reading a book on the topic to prepare to teach a workshop, and the two questions took over my thoughts.  What was gravitas anyway? It turns out, it is hard to clearly define.  Gravitas defines the “intangibles” of leadership, the qualities that make people want to hear what the individual has to say, even if they don’t like it.  It is the “it” factor, you know it when you see it, you admire and want to emulate that person. 
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Farming is Tough, But Help is Available

No question, farming can be tough in even the best of times.  Add in the weather, natural disasters, and economy over the last few years, and it is no wonder why farming is considered one of the most stressful occupations.  In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, American Farm Bureau collaborated with Morning Consult on a research poll to learn about factors that affect rural adults and farmers/farmworkers mental health as well as the availability of resources, personal experiences and other issues. 
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It's National Ag Week!

Agriculture is an amazing industry.  If we had to guess, we would say that you would be hard pressed to find another industry in the United States as diverse as agriculture.  Agriculture is:
 
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Tying Up Loose Ends

As New Year’s Day approaches, hopefully you are facing a slow-down in your typical hectic work schedule on the farm.  There’s not as much work to do with your crops; you’re probably between breeding and calving/lambing seasons; and, okay, you dairy farmers just keep on keeping on.  Bless all of you for providing the rest of us with food, fiber, energy, and entertainment!

While there’s no argument that you deserve a break this time of year, I would like to give you a few pieces of advice that will make your life easier (and hopefully better) in the upcoming year:
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