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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
Anna Mann and her family live on an old tobacco farm in the foothills of Appalachia in North Carolina. Anna served in the Army for eight years, during five of which she served as a Sergeant. Anna was deployed for two tours, one in Bosnia and one in Baghdad as a member of a Civil Affairs team. Anna has great pride in her military career, but continues to experience challenges because of the time she served. Farming has brought Anna a sense of inner peace and has “healed [her] spirit and helped [her] reconnect with society”. Read More
The already slow advance of the Farm Bill was stalled in October during a 16-day federal government shutdown, which stopped USDA activities and FSA payments. Currently House and Senate negotiators are meeting to hammer out a final bill. During the shutdown, a major, unseasonable blizzard struck South Dakota, killing thousands of livestock, but the shutdown government response was delayed. Several organizations stepped in to help, including Farm Aid, the USDA, a coalition of South Dakota non-profit groups, and Farm Credit. The economic loss is estimated at $1.7 billion, and it will take years for ranchers to rebuild their herds. Read More
Farm Credit dubbed October ‘Rocktober’ in honor of the third straight year of executing the Farm Credit Rocks program to the National FFA Convention and Expo, an annual celebration of the next generation of farmers, ranchers and advocates for rural America, which kicked off on Wednesday and will run through tomorrow in Louisville, Ky. Read More
Of America’s nearly 320 million people, 53 million – or 17 percent -- are Hispanic, representing our nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Initially established in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, National Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual opportunity to celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.” Read More