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.

Recent Posts

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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Farm Credit Ag Biz in D.C.

For the third year in a row, we were excited to be able to take a group of Ag Biz Planner participants to Washington, D.C. to be able to visit with their legislators and staff and share their agriculture story.  This year seven graduates joined us for a busy two and a half days in our nation’s capital.
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