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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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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Dairy Management Institute: Helping Dairymen Make the Best Decisions

Do you know if your dairy operation is profitable or not?  Do you know what it is costing you to produce a 100 lbs. of milk?  Are your costs in line with other dairies?  Do you know how the profitability of your dairy compares to averages and benchmarks for the dairy industry?  Are you struggling given today’s milk prices and wondering how to increase your margins?
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Robots, Cows and the Bay Bridge!

7 farms, 3 states, more than 550 miles and two days all combined for a busy but educational experience for more than 50 dairy producers.  Throughout 2016 Farm Credit of the Virginias has offered a multi-part workshop series for dairy producers as an extension of the Dairy Management Institutes (DMI) that are offered each spring.  This series focused on helping producers to create a business plan for their operations, and included several industry professionals and one on one time with Farm Credit loan officers to assist with the completion of the business plan.
 
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