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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All About Mushrooms

September is National Mushroom Month...did you know these fun facts?
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Safety First and Always

“Safety first” is a phrase we have all heard in some way shape or form.  And on a farm, safety, and health, are extremely important for so many reasons…and should be a focus each and every day.  Agriculture is one of the most dangerous professions there is, but it is easy to get comfortable when things go smoothly, or it is something that has been done hundreds of time with no adverse effects.
 
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Happy National Chicken Month!

Fun Fact:  Americans eat more chicken that anyone else in the world.  In fact, we consumed more than 93.5 lbs per capita in 2018!  Surprised?  When you consider that more than 25,000 family farmers have production contracts to raise broiler (meat) chickens, and that in 2018 more than 9 billion broiler chickens (weighing 56.8 billion pounds) were produced...it's not hard to see why chicken is so popular...
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Agriculture is More Than A Job

Happy Labor Day! 

Fun Fact:
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union...and by 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday...
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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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