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September 2014 Preview: Hispanic Heritage Month, Harvest and More State Fairs

September brings shorter days with a special crispness in the air, along with the harvest of a variety of delicious summer crops. Many of us will also enjoy the start of football season and all the tailgate and halftime treats that come with the game and come from the efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers. Here’s what else we have to look forward to this month. Read More


Farm Credit Basics: Cooperative Principle #6

The unique structure of cooperatives, including being both owned and governed by their customer-members, embodies a culture of cooperation – with customers, with colleagues and with fellow cooperative organizations. This “Cooperation among Cooperatives” is the sixth guiding principle embraced by all cooperatives: that cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures. Read More


Farm Credit Basics: How the Federal Reserve Impacts Rural Credit Conditions

The Federal Reserve System serves as the nation’s central bank, working to provide a safe, flexible, and stable monetary and financial system. Consisting of 12 Federal Reserve Banks located in major cities throughout the nation, the Federal Reserve’s main focus is to keep inflation under control and keep unemployment low. Read More


From the Field: 4-H CWF Builds New Generation of Ag Leaders

This summer, nearly 1,400 young people participated in Citizenship Washington Focus (CFW) – a week-long citizenship program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just minutes outside of Washington, D.C. 4-H’ers are known for their supreme leadership and citizenship skills, and the CWF program allows these young people to hone and exercise these abilities in our nation’s capital. As a program assistant, I had the great honor of guiding and educating delegates the entire summer, as they participated in workshops, committees and field trips. Read More


Ag News Roundup: July 2014

Organically raised food was in the news in July, as a new U.K. study reported in the British Journal of Nutrition found evidence that organics are nutritionally superior to conventionally raised crops. Not surprisingly, the study is being challenged, with one major criticism being that it contains no original research, instead analyzing hundreds of previous studies. Regardless of any real or supposed nutritional benefits, organics are a growing food category, worth $26.7 billion in 2010. A July Washington Post article offered advice for consumers in deciding which categories of organic food are worth the typically higher price. Read More

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