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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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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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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