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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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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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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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Have a Discussion, Not a Disagreement

Weather, pests, illness, fluctuating prices for fertilizer, seed, feed and every changing supply and demand markets – these are issues that farmers have been dealing with for generations.  And each of these things by themselves can present significant challenges in any given year…the recent devastation in South Texas and Florida due to flooding from hurricanes and the wildfires that plagued several states in the mid-west this year because of extremely dry conditions are prime examples.  But farmers today faces new challenges as well, challenges that previous generations did not face, at least not in the same way.
 
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Thoughts for Texas

Long days, hard work, hot summers, cold winters.  No matter what they grow, farmers work hard year round to produce the best crop they can.  Livestock producers, grain farmers, cotton farmers, vegetable producers…the product doesn’t matter.  There is work to do each and every day on each of these types of operations, and a long list of things that they have to take into consideration and be prepared for.  Seed, feed and fertilizer costs; the current market price for their product; labor, sick animals, potential pest infestations (weeds, bugs or fungus) and much more are everyday concerns for farmers.  They can be inconvenient or even downright frustrating, but they are all on the list of potential problems.
 
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One Mission. Many Voices

600+ people. 1.5 days.  And an incredible story.  It’s amazing what those three things can do.  Last week we were fortunate to be able to participate in a national event with the Farm Credit System, which brought together over 600 people, including several of our Ag Biz Planner graduates, to help tell agriculture’s story in a place that needs to hear it – our nation’s capital.  Starting with a lunch featuring Secretary Sonny Perdue as the keynote speaker, to an afternoon session that included a speech from Senator Roberts on the Farm Bill, and a full day of visits all across Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Farm Credit employees, board members and customers from across the country to share their stories directly with members of Congress and their staff.
 
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