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.

February 2016

Black History Month

As we wrap up this extra day in February, we are honoring the end of Black History Month with some information about African Americans and agriculture in the United States. 

1619 has been cited as the beginning of African involvement in agriculture in the “New World” when 20 slaves were brought to Jamestown and sold to white settlers and colonists to work in the fields.  This trend would continue for more than 100 years, and it is safe to say that agriculture in the United States would not be the same without the involvement of these early slaves. 

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National FFA Week

It’s National FFA Week (February 20-27th), and it is always a pleasure to see my Facebook and Twitter feeds filled with Blue and Gold and #FFAWeek. 
For those who may not be as familiar with this organization, FFA began in Virginia...
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Presidents and Agriculture

Happy President’s Day!  This country has been fortunate to have some truly outstanding individuals who have served at the highest levels of our government.  The foundation provided by our founding fathers (and subsequently many of the first Presidents) has helped to shape our nation into what it is today. 
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"What Do You Want Done With Your Body When You’re Dead?"™

Yes, the title is a little morbid.  But this article written by Jolene Brown, Farm and Professional Speaker, presents some great thoughts and suggestions to help make sure that all of the important things are covered, in case of the unforseen.
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13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People - Forbes

No matter what industry you work in, if you are self-employed or if you work for someone else, if your job involves working with people on a daily basis, or not; being "likeable" is a trait that can benefit everyone.  In today's world, with the debates over many different topics, being likeable can be an asset in communicating an opinion without alienating the person you are having a conversation with. 

According to an article in Forbes:

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).
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