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From the Field: Michigander for a Day

By Leigh Picchetti - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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 »

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From the Field: Soybean Harvest 2013

By Karen Macdonald - Sunday, December 1, 2013

As soybean harvest 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 »

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From the Field: NAFB Trade Talk Social Media Corps

By Tiffany Faughn - Monday, November 25, 2013

On November 14, the Trade Talk Social Media Corps took to NAFB’s digital platforms to share stories from the Trade Talk 2013 floor. Agricultural Communications students from across the country collected content, including photos, video, tweets and Facebook posts, to guide the online conversation during this one-day event. In this guest post, Tiffany Faughn, a Social Media Corps member and student at Missouri State University, shares highlights from the day. Read More »

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From the Field: Raising Cane in Louisiana, Land of Sugar & Crawfish

By Leigh Picchetti - Sunday, November 24, 2013

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 »

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