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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Anatomy of a Thank You Letter (for 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Sales)

We are right in the middle of fair season in our area, which means that for many 4-H and FFA students, Livestock Show and Sales are just around the corner.  Long days taking care of livestock projects and fine tuning so that the animals looks just right for the show and then sale will soon be over...but there will still be a little bit of work left to do.
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When Is A Steak More Than A Steak?

In keeping with the “fair season” theme – let’s talk livestock show and sales.  Anyone who has attended a local, regional or state fair and walked through the livestock barns has been able to see kids hard at work taking care of their cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.  For many of those kids, the fair is the accumulation of months (or in some cases almost a year) of hard work.
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Join the 1 in 3

Did you know that 1 in 3 people work in agriculture worldwide (source:  FAO.org)?  Yes, you read that right…33% of people worldwide work in agriculture.  Does that number seem a little high?  It might, if agriculture careers were only those directly involved in production agriculture…but they are not.  A career in agriculture can be so many different things.  Accountants, lobbyists, sales representatives, zoologists, engineers, and more are all needed in agriculture. 
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You Can Be a (Virtual) Farmer!

Are you a parent looking for an animated game for your kids that actually has some educational value?  A teacher who would like to incorporate some agriculture into your curriculum, but don’t have the ability to take your students out to the farm?  Or maybe you’re someone who would like to learn a little more about agriculture from a first-hand perspective, but don’t have the time or the resources to travel to farms across the country?
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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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