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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.


5 Reasons Why You Should Eat White Beans


White beans are just one of the many bean varieties that are common to North America.  There are many “white beans”, the most common being, Cannellini, Navy Bean and Great Northern. The Great Northern bean is the main ingredient in the popular recipe, Baked Beans.  Many of us enjoy a good helping of baked beans during family cookouts and outdoor barbeques.  But do we really know the reasons why it is a good thing to consume them?  Besides their perfect texture and earthy/nutty flavor, they are full of health benefiting nutrition.
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Get in the Zone for National Garden Month

April is National Garden Month and what better way to celebrate than getting in the zone?  Picking plants that are appropriate for your zone will aid in your gardening success and prevent frustrations.  No one wants to see their hard work and money go to waste when they realize their plants didn’t make it through the winter.  
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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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Ugh, Do We Have to Talk About Record Keeping Systems?

No one that I know (other than some accountants) actually likes to keep records.  Even fewer people actually like to file, sort, and organize records.  I mean, why isn’t a shoebox good enough?!   A shoebox is a decent start, but your record system should allow you to access the information that you need in a timely and accurate manner, in the form that you need.  The information in your records can be a GREAT help to you in making management decisions and analyzing your operation.
This post is written by Dr. Alex White, Adjunct Professor – Dairy Science at Virginia Tech.  You can reach Dr. White by email at

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We Are Thankful....

We asked our Knowledge Center team what they are thankful for as we begin to wrap up 2019, here is what they had to say….
It is almost evident at the end of the year, we all take a moment to stop and reflect. What have we done this year that has stuck out? What are we going to different in the following 365 days? What goals do we have for ourselves, our farm, our business, etc. As we quickly approach 2020, I encourage us all to make a conscientious effort to reflect and give thanks every week, actually every day.
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