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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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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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It's Fair Time!

It’s almost fair time. When most people think of the fair they think rides, fun, good food and games.  When I think of fair, my mind wanders to the barn. Raising and exhibiting livestock at any age requires many skills and knowledge...
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