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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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What's In An Acre?

In our area (Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland) farmers often talk about the amount of land that they own in acres...50 acres, 100 acres, 1000 acres.  (Fun fact: as you move towards the central and western part of the country, land is sometimes measure in hectares, which is approximately 2.47 acres).  But what does an acre of land look like?  And what can it produce?
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The Future of Your Farm & Family - Are You Planning For It?

I speak to a lot of groups about a lot of topics.  These days the most common topic that agricultural groups ask me to address is transition planning – how can/should they bring the next generation into the farm business?  Transition planning is a process for determining how to transfer ownership of assets and management responsibilities to the next generation.  It’s one of those topics that most families know is crucial for the future of the family, but they just never get around to doing it.  I don’t need to remind you of the reasons why, but I will.
 
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Connecting to Ag

You’ve probably heard at some point a statement similar to the following:
“Less than 2% of the population is directly involved in agriculture” or “a very small percentage of the population has a direct tie to agriculture.”  These are common statements when discussing the importance of agriculture and agricultural education.  In the last week or so however, I have read a statement in two different articles that made me pause…the majority of people in rural areas are 2-3 generations removed from the farm.
 
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Farming Methods - Crop Rotation

I love this time of year, especially when we have been fortunate to have the amount of rain that we have received so far this spring (my husband has more mixed feelings about the rain – it has made making hay very difficult, but the pastures and crop ground is looking pretty good).  I love all of the green – the green pastures providing plenty of feed for livestock (translation – no more winter feeding!!), the trees with their full canopies, the flowers in full bloom, and the life I see all around – especially in the newly planted crop fields.  Do you live near or drive by some of those fields on a regular basis?  Have you noticed the little green shoots starting to come up?  Do they look different than last years?  Wondering why?
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Reflections on International Dairy Federation World Summit

“The compulsory compliance of Dutch dairy farmers to the ANCA model provides an important lesson to  American agriculture.”  
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