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.

December 2014

Cattle and the Environment

The diversity of agriculture has always been one of the strengths of the industry.  With the variety in land types, having flexibility in what type of commodity to produce helps farmers and ranchers effectively use their resources to the best of their ability.  Cattle are a perfect example of this as they can use land that cannot be used for other resources.  There has long been concern about cattle’s impact on the environment – but in reality cattle do not cause excess harm to the environment, something that is discussed in a recent Wall Street Journal article. 
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Risk Management Workshop Draws a Crowd

More than 75 people came to the Fauquier Livestock Exchange in Marshall, VA  on the evening of December 17 to listen to speakers discuss different risk management strategies for beef producers.  This workshop, which was held from 6-9 p.m. began with a meal and a welcome from Farm Credit of the Virginia's staff.  After a brief discussion of the Farm Credit Knowledge Center, who organized the event, Andy Smith, a cattle farmer and former cattle broker spoke to the crowd about futures, options, hedging and other risk management strategies associated with the futures market.

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Preparing for Winter - Livestock Edition!

For many, preparing for winter means pulling that box of sweaters out of the attic, putting away the flip flops and maybe chopping (or buying) some firewood.  But for those with livestock, preparing for winter has an entirely different meaning.



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The Importance Of Adding Value

Farmers Share Secrets Of Success To Going Beyond The Growing Season


Written by:  Vic Bradshaw


This article was originally written for the Daily News-Record and posted on December 4, 2014.  It can be found online at or by visiting the Daily News-Record website at


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Thank you Agriculture!

Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general serve as a great reminder that we have so much to be thankful for.  Listing something that you’re thankful for each day for 30 days (30 Days of Thanksgiving) and other trends give people a way to share everything that they appreciate.  Friends, family, homes, jobs, clothes, and food generally top this list – for good reason.  We are fortunate in this country; as a whole we have much to be thankful for – including the agricultural industry.  



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