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.


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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National Eggnog Month - Happy Holidays!

The holidays are a time of traditions for many people….and one of the traditions that I love this time of year is eggnog!  I know, I know, it is not healthy for you, but it tastes so good!  Before kids, I used to make my own from scratch, but that can be very time consuming…and time is something I don’t have a whole lot of anymore.  Besides, there are so many great “pre-made” options out there, I don’t really feel too bad taking the “lazy” way out….  I was very excited to see eggnog making its way into the grocery stores for this holiday season, so it seems completely appropriate that December is National Eggnog Month – who knew!
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Oh Christmas Tree...

With Thanksgiving now offically behind us for 2016, our family has started thinking about the Christmas season.  For us, Christmas decorating has always been saved for after Thanskgiving (okay, I'll admit, there are years when we are lucky if the tree is up by the first week in December).  Growing up, it was a family tradition to go to a Christmas tree farm and pick out the "perfect" tree as a family (in other words, spend far too long arguing over everyone's perfect tree and finally settling on one that none of us had picked).  If your Christmas holiday includes a similar tradition, have you ever stopped to wonder just what goes into growing those trees??
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Grow Your Knowledge To Grow Your Farm Workshop Series

I just bought a farm.  I just inherited some land.  I am interested in buying some land or a farm….but I am not sure what I want to do with it.  What are my options?  What is available?  And who can I turn to for help with questions or suggestions?  These are not uncommon situations or questions; they are arising more and more.  To help answer some of these questions, Farm Credit of the Virginias and the Farm Credit Knowledge Center sponsored and organized a 4 part workshop series that ran October through November to help people in this situation get a better grasp on what was available to them.
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National Farm City Week

I don’t know about you, but now that the election is finally behind us, I am excited to focus on the upcoming holiday season.  This is a busy, but fun, time of year for many people…Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, time with family and friends, celebrating and enjoying great food. 
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