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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Planning to Succeed - An Agriculture Finance and Business Curriculum for High School

We’ve all been there, sitting in a classroom and the teacher has that day’s lesson or an introduction to a new unit and you inwardly, or out loud, groan because you know it is the beginning of the end. The end of your attention, the end of your active learning and maybe even the end of your attendance in the class. As a former educator who has spent over 12 years in a high school classroom I can relate to those feelings. I can just about guarantee that if the students are dreading the topic that much the teacher is equally as reluctant to begin the lesson. During my time in the agriculture classroom I taught everything from welding, natural resources, animal science, plant science to agriculture business. The last subject was one of my favorites but one of the hardest to teach, there was a general lack of interesting applicable curriculum available and what was available was hard to piece together with limited planning time. Also, let’s be honest, it involves a lot of math and your average student does not rush to the guidance office and sign up for a math based class on their own free will so you HAVE to make it interesting, fun and thought provoking...

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Traditions You Treasure

When you think state or county fair, what do you think?  Funnel cakes and corn dogs?  Ferris wheels and carousels?  What about youth, livestock, projects and family traditions?
 
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Electronic Record-keeping Book for 4-H

Oh record books.  If you are, or were a 4-H member..or parent, we're sure that you know what we mean.  While a necessary part of the whole 4-H project experience, they often get set aside until after the project is done and it's time to turn them in...which can lead to some stress for everyone, right?
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Top 10 Reasons Agriculture is Good for Youth

It’s National FFA Week…which is kind of a big deal, at least for us!  FFA has played a huge role for several of our Knowledge Center team members, and is a long-standing organization that has incredibly deep ties to agriculture. 
 
Added to that, FFA members go on to be leaders – in their communities and beyond.  The skills learned in FFA are varied and immense, which led us to thinking about all the reasons that growing up, or being involved, in agriculture benefits youth in general. 
 
So...here are our Top 10 Reasons Agriculture is Good for Youth:
 
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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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