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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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10 Ways to Engage Youth in Learning about Animal Products and By-Products

Learning about market animal products and by-products is important agricultural knowledge.  Oftentimes, our youth do not realize the items they use, clothes they wear, and foods they consume come from an agricultural product. 
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Special things you might find in an FFA jacket

There is no hiding the fact that FFA is a unique organization with unique circumstances. Where else in high school do you find castration tools and extra panty hose in the same place? When dealing with unique situations, it can be difficult to describe everything that goes into the process. While FFA students across the country celebrate National FFA Week this week, Feb. 22 to 29, there is an extra spotlight on the students and the organization. A great way to celebrate National FFA Week is to celebrate everything that makes it unique.
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I believe...

“I believe in the future of agriculture” If you have ever taken an agriculture class in school I am sure these seven words are engraved into your mind. This statement makes up the beginning of the FFA Creed. 
 
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Planning to Succeed - An Agriculture Finance and Business Curriculum for High School

We’ve all been there, sitting in a classroom and the teacher has that day’s lesson or an introduction to a new unit and you inwardly, or out loud, groan because you know it is the beginning of the end. The end of your attention, the end of your active learning and maybe even the end of your attendance in the class. As a former educator who has spent over 12 years in a high school classroom I can relate to those feelings. I can just about guarantee that if the students are dreading the topic that much the teacher is equally as reluctant to begin the lesson. During my time in the agriculture classroom I taught everything from welding, natural resources, animal science, plant science to agriculture business. The last subject was one of my favorites but one of the hardest to teach, there was a general lack of interesting applicable curriculum available and what was available was hard to piece together with limited planning time. Also, let’s be honest, it involves a lot of math and your average student does not rush to the guidance office and sign up for a math based class on their own free will so you HAVE to make it interesting, fun and thought provoking...

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Traditions You Treasure

When you think state or county fair, what do you think?  Funnel cakes and corn dogs?  Ferris wheels and carousels?  What about youth, livestock, projects and family traditions?
 
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