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.

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A Labor of Love...and Sweat and Tears...

“In no other country do so few people produce so much food, to feed so many, at such reasonable prices.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
President Eisenhower was President more than 50 years ago…and yet these words still ring true today, perhaps even more than they did then.  In 1900, 38% of the United States wad directly employed in agriculture, and today, it is less than 2%.  And still, each U.S. farmer producers enough food and fiber for 165 people both in the U.S. and abroad, and do so with few inputs than they did even 30 years ago.
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"Ag"vocacy At It's Finest

“If you think you are the smartest person in the room you have already proven yourself wrong.”
 
Ever heard that saying?   The premise is that there will always be someone who knows more about something than you do.  So what in the world does this have to do with agriculture and why is it on the Knowledge Center blog?
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Preparing for Winter - Livestock Edition!

For many, preparing for winter means pulling that box of sweaters out of the attic, putting away the flip flops and maybe chopping (or buying) some firewood.  But for those with livestock, preparing for winter has an entirely different meaning.
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A New Season

With the arrival of cooler temperatures and shorter days, it may seem like things should be slowing down on farms in the area.  However, just the opposite is true.  The fall months can be some of the busiest for some farmers – while hay season is now a thing of the past, there is still plenty happening on farms.
 
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Farm Transition and Succession Planning - Thoughts for the Younger Generation

In both Virginia and West Virginia, the average age of a farmer is now over 59 years old.  In Virginia, 36% of farmers are over 65 years old.  For many farming operations, this means that the farm will be transitioning from one generation to the next, or one owner to another, in the next 10 years.
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