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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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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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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Agricultural Role Models

Role models.  We all have them.  People we look up to, admire, imitate.  In honor of National Inspirational Role Model Month, the Knowledge Center team wanted to share with you about their role models in the agriculture industry...
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A Labor of Love...and Sweat and Tears...

“In no other country do so few people produce so much food, to feed so many, at such reasonable prices.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
President Eisenhower was President more than 50 years ago…and yet these words still ring true today, perhaps even more than they did then.  In 1900, 38% of the United States wad directly employed in agriculture, and today, it is less than 2%.  And still, each U.S. farmer producers enough food and fiber for 165 people both in the U.S. and abroad, and do so with few inputs than they did even 30 years ago.
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I Want To Build My Own Home - Where Do I Start??

Recently purchased land?  Looking at buying land?  Planning on building your dream home there?  Congratulations!  Building your own home is an exciting time...but it can also be challenging.  There are many different details that go into building a home, could you use a little help navigating?
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