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Another month has gone by without the passage of a new Farm Bill, as Congress continues negotiations. Yet November was a month of thanks and giving for Farm Credit -- on Veterans Day we announced a significant two-year contribution to the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s “Homegrown By Heroes” program, which will help increase sales of veteran-grown agricultural products. Later in the month, a group of five Farm Credit organizations donated $175,000 to help the South Dakota ranchers devastated by the October blizzard, and we gave thanks all month long for many of the diverse producers and organizations that help make U.S. agriculture so successful. Read More
The agriculture industry is thriving in the state of Louisiana, where I recently had the pleasure of participating in an agriculture tour arranged and hosted by my colleagues at Louisiana Land Bank. In 2012, agriculture and natural resources contributed approximately $11.4 billion to the state’s economy. Louisiana’s climate and geography support the growth of a wide variety of products including cotton, forestry products, fruits, feed grains, vegetables, hay, nursery crops and pecans. Also famous for its crawfish, Louisiana produced almost 91 million pounds of these freshwater crustaceans last year alone. Read More
Today, the nation pauses to observe the sacrifice and freedom provided by our distinguished veterans. Here at Farm Credit we are especially grateful for those servicemen and women who hail from rural America. While only 16 percent of the nation’s population lives in rural areas, almost 40 percent of those who serve in the military come from those same communities. Read More
Nearly 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Farm Loan Act, which created what is known today as the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of cooperatively owned lending institutions serving agriculture and rural America. October is is National Cooperative Month, which offers us an opportunity to celebrate our unique business model and pause to thank our borrower-owners who fill our refrigerators, power our homes and bring us safe drinking water. October is full of other celebrations that honor our nation’s farmers and ranchers – here’s a look at the month ahead. Read More