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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.


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. ( 
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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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Ag Biz Planner Class Graduates!

All the hours, all the effort, all the conversations and all the brainstorming came to culmination two weeks ago in Raleigh, NC at the Ag Biz Planner Final Conference and Graduation. Farm Credit of the Virginias had their 2019-2020 class represented with 10 participants and 5 mentors.
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