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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Word of The Year - Advocate

Have you heard of the “Word of the Year”?  It’s a concept that has been replacing New Year’s resolutions for some people in recent years.  The thought is, rather than making a list of resolutions that may be challenging to keep, you pick one word to focus on for the year.  That word is supposed to help drive your intentions, your actions and your thoughts for the year.  It’s an interesting concept, and a pretty neat one if you are someone who has a hard time with a long list of “things to do better”. 
 
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Glancing Back at 2018 and Leaping Forward to 2019

It’s the last Monday of 2018…and what a year it has been.  Ask a farmer about 2018, and you’re bound to get an earful…so many things have happened this year.  There have been ups and downs, and through it all farmers have done their best to weather the storms (sometimes literally) while still working hard to provide the food and fiber that we all depend on. 
 
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National Maple Syrup Day

If you’re a syrup with your pancakes or waffles kind of person…today is great day because it’s National Maple Syrup day! 
 
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Tying Up Loose Ends

As New Year’s Day approaches, hopefully you are facing a slow-down in your typical hectic work schedule on the farm.  There’s not as much work to do with your crops; you’re probably between breeding and calving/lambing seasons; and, okay, you dairy farmers just keep on keeping on.  Bless all of you for providing the rest of us with food, fiber, energy, and entertainment!

While there’s no argument that you deserve a break this time of year, I would like to give you a few pieces of advice that will make your life easier (and hopefully better) in the upcoming year:
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Three Business Planning Tips to Start the New Year Right

As the New Year draws closer, it is a perfect time to start planning for what is to come. For many agricultural businesses, harvest has passed and winter provides some time to spend indoors working on plans for the next growing season. Here are three areas to think about as you make your business plans for next year...
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