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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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Pop Goes The...Corn Kernel!

October is National Popcorn Month!  Around our house that is cause for celebration, popcorn is a “pop”ular snack for us!  To celebrate, we wanted to share so fun facts about this yummy treat...
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Start Them Young: Agriculture at an Early Age

 You don’t have to turn far to read headlines that partner the words STEM and education, simply meaning the emphasis in curriculum and classroom activities on science, technology, engineering, and math. This curriculum priority stretches from the preschool classroom to the graduating seniors, and permeates all disciplines. Teachers are often overwhelmed trying to get the necessary curriculum covered along with the additional standards-based learning, while also providing experiences for students that are problem-based and include STEM concepts.
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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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A New Season

With the arrival of cooler temperatures and shorter days, it may seem like things should be slowing down on farms in the area.  However, just the opposite is true.  The fall months can be some of the busiest for some farmers – while hay season is now a thing of the past, there is still plenty happening on farms.
 
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Grass Fed Vs. Grain Fed Beef

We’ve all seen the labels in the grocery story, and have probably seen posts on social media and articles on grass fed beef versus grain fed beef.  A quick search today showed an abundance of articles on the subject (my favorite one was from a blogger who actually took a Farm to Fork tour, and she shares her entire experience – even when she was uncomfortable.  You can read it here.)  My husband sells beef in halves and quarters for the family farm, and one of the most frequent questions he receives is “Is this beef grass or grain fed?”  That seems like a fairly easy question to answer right?
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