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.

May 2015

If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

Happy Memorial Day!  We are so incredibly fortunate in this country to have all of the freedoms that we do, and this holiday serves to highlight the sacrifice that so many have made that allow us to enjoy those freedoms.

We are privileged to have so many choices: where we live; where, how and if we worship; what we do with our spare time; what we eat.  The last one is huge, especially when you consider that many people in other countries are not even sure if they are going to be able to have food to eat daily, while here we enjoy some of the cheapest and most abundant food in the world.

 
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Ag Careers

It’s graduation season!  Colleges and high schools across our footprint and the nation are celebrating their newest class of alumni.  For those who are interested in jobs in agriculture, now is a great time to pursue a degree in an agriculture field.  According to a new report from USDA, there are approximately 57,900 high-skilled job openings per year in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environmental fields.  Conversely, there are approximately 35,400 graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture related fields each year.   That means there are plenty of career opportunities for students graduating with degrees in agriculture!  These job opportunities are uneven and some areas will have an abundance of job seekers while other areas will be looking for employees, and the majority of the jobs will be in management and business or in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas. (You can read the full report here).

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Thanks Mom

Mother’s Day – the one day a year that we take the time to thank moms for all they do for us.  This past weekend as we celebrated moms, it made me think about farm/4-H/FFA moms and how they influence their children in so many different ways.

 
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Take a Breath

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year.  After a long, and this year very cold, winter, I love to see all the new flowers, new growth on the trees and the fields turning green once again.  Spring is also a very busy time of year for everyone, but especially for farmers.  It signals time to harvest the winter crops, start planting crops such as corn and soybeans, and the beginning of hay season.  All of this means that farmers will be bringing out the equipment that is needed to do these jobs. 

 
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