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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Farming Methods - Crop Rotation

I love this time of year, especially when we have been fortunate to have the amount of rain that we have received so far this spring (my husband has more mixed feelings about the rain – it has made making hay very difficult, but the pastures and crop ground is looking pretty good).  I love all of the green – the green pastures providing plenty of feed for livestock (translation – no more winter feeding!!), the trees with their full canopies, the flowers in full bloom, and the life I see all around – especially in the newly planted crop fields.  Do you live near or drive by some of those fields on a regular basis?  Have you noticed the little green shoots starting to come up?  Do they look different than last years?  Wondering why?
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Did You Know - Dairy!

Cheese, milk, sour cream, butter – in our house we use a lot of these, and so it is a running joke that for us, every month is “dairy month”.  In truth, June is National Dairy Month – and it gives everyone a great reason to truly celebrate and appreciate everything that dairy farmers help to provide in our everyday lives. 
 
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Beef Labels - Grass Fed vs. Grain Fed

Is it just me or are the enough labels in the grocery story today to make your head spin?  Natural, organic, antibiotic free, no (added) hormones, GMO, grass fed, grain fed, cage free…the list goes on and on.  Tackling all of these in one blog post would be overwhelming for you and for us…so we won’t do that.  We would like to share some information over several different blogs posts though, that might help you in deciphering at least a little bit of what you see at the store.
 
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Choices, Choices - Purebred vs. Commercial Cattle

One of the most incredible, wonderful, and sometimes frustrating parts of agriculture is how diverse it really is.  It encompasses so many different types of production, interests and passions – and yet everyone in agriculture feels connected.  When you think about the diversity in this industry, some of the differences are easy to spot – some farmers grow crops, while others raise livestock.  Some farm on a large scale while other grow product on a small scale to sell locally at farmers markets, etc.  But there are also differences that may not be so easy to spot from the outside looking in.
 
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Beef Cows vs. Dairy Cows - Get the "skinny"

We had steaks last night for dinner (happens a lot in our house, when you raise beef cattle, beef in some form tends to be on the menu a lot!), at the very specific request of our five year old.  Said five year old is currently very much in to associating where different things come from, so it was not a total surprise when he asked where the beef he was eating comes from.  Knowing my child, I knew this was not a question of where the specific animal had originated, but rather a more general question of where beef comes from.  While we have had this conversation several times, he likes to reaffirm what he already knows.  Upon reminding him that beef comes from beef cows like the ones we raise, he promptly responds with “and milk comes from dairy cows!” 
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