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 Ten Tips in Agribusiness Analysis for a Sustainable Future in Farming

For most agribusiness operators, producing and/or processing products are almost second nature, but your success will also depend on great business management skills, not just being able to produce a good product! This is especially important for smaller farm operations that may not have the advantage of large sales volume to help ensure profitability.
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Author: Doolarie (Dee) Singh-Knights, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Agribusiness Economics and Management at West Virginia University

 
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Meet the Director of the Knowledge Center!

​Greetings! I have the privilege of serving as the Director of the Knowledge Center with Farm Credit of the Virginias, also known as the educational arm to our association. I started my time with the department almost 8 years ago, where does the time go, right? You may be asking, if you are new to the site, what is the Knowledge Center? So, in a few words, our mission behind the Knowledge Center (KC) is to provide education and resources to ALL of those in agriculture. We educate, advocate and engage those within and those interested in agriculture. Pretty cool, right!?
Over the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to meet the members of the Knowledge Center team, I can’t wait for you to get to know us and the passion that we have around education and specially for this industry that are so much a part of!
 
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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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Being a Lifelong Learner in Agriculture

We can take a look at where we have been, where we are now, and know that we must be prepared for where we are headed. The speed of change is fast, especially when it comes to agriculture.  It is hard to fathom that just 183 years ago, in 1837, John Deere and Leonard Andrus began manufacturing steel plows.  Year 1892 was the year the first gasoline tractor was built by John Froelich, and in 1954 the number of tractors on farms exceeded the number of horses and mules for the first time.  During the 1970’s, the no-till method was used to decrease soil erosion, and during the mid 2000s, technology was becoming even more precise with auto guidance and field application. (ussec.org) 
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