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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USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program

Located midway between Richmond and Charlottesville in Louisa County, Cooper Vineyards is nestled in a traditional farming community. The goal of the winery founders and current owners, Jeff Cooper, MD and Jacquelyn P. Hogge, MD was to create small lots of unique wines that expressed varietal character and would be recognized as quality wines.

 
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The Ritchie County Farmers' Market: Great For The Farmers And The Community

The Ritchie County Farmers’ Market (Harrisville, WV) started in 2008 as an idea among 4-5 small local vendors with varying products from baked goods to fresh vegetables to hanging flower baskets. With determination and hope, these folks began selling in a gravel parking lot along Rt. 16, north of Harrisville.

 

 

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Risk Management Workshops Provide Insight to Farmers From Wytheville, VA to Moorefield, WV

More than 200 people took the time to attend one of three Cattle Risk Management Workshops sponsored by Farm Credit of the Virginias.  These workshops, which were held May 13th in Wytheville, VA, July 2nd in Moorefield, WV, and July 3rd in Weyers Cave, VA offered cattle producers the opportunity to learn more about a variety of management strategies to help alleviate some risk associated with raising cattle.

 
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The Future of Agriculture Looks Bright!

During the last week of June, three members of our Farm Credit Knowledge Center team traveled to Blacksburg for the 88th Virginia State FFA Convention.  What an inspiring and motivating week it was joining over 1,500 members on the Virginia Tech campus!  Relations Specialist Kyley Clevenger, summer intern Tiffany Wayland and I enjoyed our interaction with these young leaders and came away with a positive impression for the future of Virginia agriculture. 

 
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Hats Off!

As we finish out another June Dairy month, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to the dairymen, their families and employees who produce the delicious dairy products we all enjoy every month.  Much has been written about the long hours dairymen work, whether it be rising before the sun to milk the cows, working late into the evening to get in the last load of hay before an impending storm or staying up late to keep check on a heifer about to freshen (give birth).   It is true that dairymen make countless sacrifices each day in order to feed their families and yours while being good stewards of the resources God has trusted to their care. 

 
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