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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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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