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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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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Its State Fair Time!

The State Fair of Virginia starts this coming Friday!  For many 4-H and FFA kids, this is the culmination of their work all year – to show their projects at the State Fair.  This could be produce they’ve grown, food they’ve made, photographs they’ve taken, arts or crafts they’ve created, or livestock they have raised and worked with.
 
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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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Winning is Not the Point

August is officially here, and county (and state) fair season is under way, and with it comes many different emotions and outcomes for the participants.  It's easy to get caught up in the competition of it all - but there is so much more to participating in these events. 
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