CropVillage Update for August 24, 2010, What is the Farm Credit System and How Does it Operate?

Below are some recent additions to CropVillage to help you manage your operations.

Crop Conversations

  • Audio: What is the Farm Credit System and How Does it Operate? - Jack Shuler, President and CEO of ArborOne Farm Credit, explains the Farm Credit system, how it operates, and how it has evolved.
  • Audio: Who Is The Food Truck Movement in Minneapolis? - Lisa Carlson, Co-Founder of Chef Shack, shares her food and thoughts on the food truck movement in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Much of the success of Chef Shack is from perseverance, the willingness to explore for new food ideas, and having friends / partners like the Mill City Farmers Market and the City of Minneapolis to support the efforts.
  • Via SwineCast Video: Economic Outlook for Swine Production - Dr. Steve Meyer - Paragon Economics, presents an economic outlook of the crop industry and its impacts on the swine industry, from the 2010 Boehringer-Ingelheim Carolina Health Conference.

Agriculture Telling its Story

  • What Are Agriculture Extensions? - The USA agriculture extension services are an outreach program of land grant universities that can be engaged to help with various farm, business, and family issues.
  • Family Farm, Family Business - Running a business with family members can be tough. But if you take time to plan, educate, listen, and lead, the rough edges that can come from running an operation with relatives can be smoothed over. This resource page contains information and helpful discussion on family and business.
  • CSAs, Farmers' Markets, and Farmer Connections to Restaurants - Consumers can be fickle. Knowing what they like and how they will react to food and its production can be a bit crazy at times. This conversation and resource page can help understand some of the consumer views and needs.
  • Looking For A Job In Agriculture? - The outlook for agriculture employment is good. Several resources and tools can assist you in discovering agriculture job and career opportunities.

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