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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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Be Kinder than Necessary

It’s World Kindness Day.  The well-known quote “Be kinder that necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle” may come to mind as you think about what kindness means.  I could not begin to tell you where I first heard this saying, but it has stuck with me for years…there is so much truth in it.  No matter what an outward appearance may show – everyone is fighting some kind of battle, even if you cannot see it.
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A New Season

With the arrival of cooler temperatures and shorter days, it may seem like things should be slowing down on farms in the area.  However, just the opposite is true.  The fall months can be some of the busiest for some farmers – while hay season is now a thing of the past, there is still plenty happening on farms.
 
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When in Doubt...

Anyone else feel like winter finally woke up, looked and the calendar, and said “I better get a move on it” last week?  We have had a fairly mild winter with next to no snow, and with Spring a week away, we get the most significant accumulation of snow we’ve had all year last Monday night/Tuesday.  Granted, it was still not a huge amount, definitely less than we’ve seen in previous years, but it came with cold temperatures and some pretty nasty wind.  And of course, for many cattlemen, it came right as cows are calving.  Many producers will hold off calving in January and February, and aim instead for the end of February into March to try to avoid some of the really bad winter weather, and this storm just proved that strategy doesn’t always work.  In fact, I know of two situations where a calf was born early Tuesday morning…
 
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Why Agriculture?

There have been several times over the years when someone would ask “Why do you want to be involved in agriculture?”; “Why do you want to work in the agriculture/cattle/livestock industry?”; or “Why would you want to raise cattle/crops/hay?”  The questions may vary slightly, but essentially they were asking “Why agriculture?”  Seems like a simple question doesn’t it?  And many of us can (and usually do) give a fairly simple answer, but the truth is so much more complicated. 
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Grow Your Knowledge To Grow Your Farm Workshop Series

I just bought a farm.  I just inherited some land.  I am interested in buying some land or a farm….but I am not sure what I want to do with it.  What are my options?  What is available?  And who can I turn to for help with questions or suggestions?  These are not uncommon situations or questions; they are arising more and more.  To help answer some of these questions, Farm Credit of the Virginias and the Farm Credit Knowledge Center sponsored and organized a 4 part workshop series that ran October through November to help people in this situation get a better grasp on what was available to them.
 
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