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 2017

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!  This is a time for enjoying your friends and family, in this amazing country we are blessed to call home.  But it is also a time for honoring those who have sacrificed so that we can enjoy this time, and all of these freedoms.
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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg??

We won’t even attempt to answer that question…but since May is National Egg Month, we did want to share some facts about eggs!!
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Beef Labels - Grass Fed vs. Grain Fed

Is it just me or are the enough labels in the grocery story today to make your head spin?  Natural, organic, antibiotic free, no (added) hormones, GMO, grass fed, grain fed, cage free…the list goes on and on.  Tackling all of these in one blog post would be overwhelming for you and for us…so we won’t do that.  We would like to share some information over several different blogs posts though, that might help you in deciphering at least a little bit of what you see at the store.
 
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Oh the Weather!

Weather.  Love it or hate it, we have had some interesting weather so far this year.  A much milder winter than normal, a few random cold days when the weather should be getting warmer, and the rain…oh the rain.  For most people, the weather is mostly an inconvenience when it does not cooperate.  If you ask my kids, it’s “not fair” because they want to wear shorts and sandals, not pants and tennis shoes (or rain boots in some cases).  Weekend events may be canceled, or at least not quite as enjoyable, due to the rain (anyone attend the Gold Cup Event in Warrenton this weekend – muck boots and rain coats are not the usual attire for this event – but we saw plenty of them on Saturday!).  For farmers however, the weather has a huge impact; much more significant than a cancelled picnic.
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Choices, Choices - Purebred vs. Commercial Cattle

One of the most incredible, wonderful, and sometimes frustrating parts of agriculture is how diverse it really is.  It encompasses so many different types of production, interests and passions – and yet everyone in agriculture feels connected.  When you think about the diversity in this industry, some of the differences are easy to spot – some farmers grow crops, while others raise livestock.  Some farm on a large scale while other grow product on a small scale to sell locally at farmers markets, etc.  But there are also differences that may not be so easy to spot from the outside looking in.
 
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