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.

January 2015

What Lenders Consider

“I have great credit and money in the bank”, a statement heard often by realtors only to then find out they’ve been turned down by one or more lenders. I’m sure you wondering why! The banking industry is ever changing and gone are the days of a hand shake and let’s make a deal. Banks and other financial institutions review loans based on many factors and largely according to risk. 
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Top 10 Reasons to Join 4-H - from a 4-Her's perspective!

Blog post written by Bailey Hadacek. Bailey lives on a crop farm in Augusta Co. VA and also shows cattle as well as sheep. He has been very involved with 4-H starting from a young age. He first attended stockmans/skillathon in the Augusta Co. 4-H livestock club. From there, Bailey advanced through meats evaluation as well as livestock judging traveling nationwide on state teams as well as 4-H teams in the state.


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Financial Tips for the New Year

This post is written by Dr. Alex White, Adjunct Professor – Dairy Science at Virginia Tech.  You can reach Dr. White by email at



Happy New Year!!  We hope that your holidays were a time of peace, reflection, and full of laughter and good times.  Now it’s time to get the New Year off to a good financial start.  Today we’d like to give you a few tips to help you get organized and motivated.

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My Top 10 List of Misconceptions About Agriculture

Article by Matt J. Lohr, current Knowledge Center Director and former Commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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