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As a native Midwesterner, I love visiting the heartland. GreenStone Farm Credit Services is the cooperative Farm Credit lender in Michigan and northeast Wisconsin and I recently had the pleasure of meeting with their board of directors and touring several agricultural operations in western Michigan. One lasting meeting impression was an overview from several dynamic staff and board members who shared their experiences from a recent agriculture study program in the Ukraine, where they learned about the challenges and opportunities facing farmers in a developing country. From their stories I gained another level of appreciation for the American agricultural industry and the bounty our farmers and ranchers are able to provide. Read More
As soybean harvesting season winds down, it’s a good time to take a closer look at this crop that is so important to the American agricultural economy. While soybeans are the second largest crop grown in the U.S., few American consumers see it in its unprocessed form, but it's likely they use it as cooking oil. Read More
A few weeks ago, Farm Credit and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) began recruiting agricultural communications students from across the country to broadcast the annual Trade Talk event through social media. In order to be chosen for the event students had to apply through social media. After a selection process eight qualifying students were chosen and made the trip to Kansas City, Mo., for the event of a lifetime. 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
Education, teamwork, personal development and networking are key components of Dairy Challenge®, an innovative program designed to prepare students for careers in the dairy industry. With one national contest and four regional contests, Dairy Challenge reaches more than 500 students each year. Read More