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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Telling Your Agriculture Story - Why?

If you have attended any agricultural conferences or meetings lately, you very well may have heard someone say that agriculture as an industry needs to do a better job “telling our story”.  That message is resonating more and more through the agriculture community, but have you hear why?
 
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What is Agriculture

At first glance, this may seem like a fairly simple question – right?  Except, it’s not; not really.  Fifty years ago, defining agriculture would have been easier; most agricultural operations looked somewhat similar.  But today?  Today, agriculture is a diverse, multifaceted industry…and it is important to look at all the different angles in order to get a true understanding of the industry, and how it affects everyone on a daily basis. 
 
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10 Resolutions for the New Year!

We are officially 1 whole week into the New Year...did you make any New Year's resolutions?  How are they going?  Maybe you're realizing that you need some new/different ones, or maybe you are a little behind in making yours.  Either way, we have 10 resolutions for you to check out to help expand your "ag" knowledge this year!
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Happy Holidays!

As we enter full swing with the holidays, it seems natural to reflect on this past year, and look forward to the new one.  The Farm Credit Knowledge Center has seen some changes this year – Matt Lohr, our Director left in May to return to the family farm, and Kyley Clevenger stepped into the role of Director.  In August, Lauren Arbogast joined the team as the Relations Specialist, filling the vacancy left when Kyley stepped into her new role.  In addition, we have been fortunate to have an intern from VSU with us this fall.  And finally, Bette Brand, Chief External Affairs Officer for Farm Credit, and a driving force behind the Knowledge Center, is retiring at the end of the year. 
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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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