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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Top 10 Reasons Agriculture is Good for Youth

It’s National FFA Week…which is kind of a big deal, at least for us!  FFA has played a huge role for several of our Knowledge Center team members, and is a long-standing organization that has incredibly deep ties to agriculture. 
 
Added to that, FFA members go on to be leaders – in their communities and beyond.  The skills learned in FFA are varied and immense, which led us to thinking about all the reasons that growing up, or being involved, in agriculture benefits youth in general. 
 
So...here are our Top 10 Reasons Agriculture is Good for Youth:
 
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Anatomy of a Thank You Letter (for 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Sales)

We are right in the middle of fair season in our area, which means that for many 4-H and FFA students, Livestock Show and Sales are just around the corner.  Long days taking care of livestock projects and fine tuning so that the animals looks just right for the show and then sale will soon be over...but there will still be a little bit of work left to do.
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When Is A Steak More Than A Steak?

In keeping with the “fair season” theme – let’s talk livestock show and sales.  Anyone who has attended a local, regional or state fair and walked through the livestock barns has been able to see kids hard at work taking care of their cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.  For many of those kids, the fair is the accumulation of months (or in some cases almost a year) of hard work.
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Join the 1 in 3

Did you know that 1 in 3 people work in agriculture worldwide (source:  FAO.org)?  Yes, you read that right…33% of people worldwide work in agriculture.  Does that number seem a little high?  It might, if agriculture careers were only those directly involved in production agriculture…but they are not.  A career in agriculture can be so many different things.  Accountants, lobbyists, sales representatives, zoologists, engineers, and more are all needed in agriculture. 
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Its State Fair Time!

The State Fair of Virginia starts this coming Friday!  For many 4-H and FFA kids, this is the culmination of their work all year – to show their projects at the State Fair.  This could be produce they’ve grown, food they’ve made, photographs they’ve taken, arts or crafts they’ve created, or livestock they have raised and worked with.
 
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