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Oct 18, 2017 | From the Farm

Celebrate National Cooperative Month

When you own part of a cooperative like FCSAmerica, “you know that they’re all working to help you succeed.”

Nov 11, 2015 | From the Farm

Homegrown By Heroes

FCSAmerica sponsored three farmer veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about Homegrown By Heroes. In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing some of their stories.

Aug 7, 2015 | From the Farm

Six Steps to Growing a Successful Farmers Market

Join us in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. Visit a farmers market near you this weekend. We also welcome you to stop by the Fallbrook Farmers Market on a Thursday evening between 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Jul 6, 2015 | From the Farm

Young Wyoming Rancher Helps Other Native Americans Succeed Through Ag

Still in college, Odessa Oldham helps operate a Wyoming ranch that she and her siblings built by drawing on their Native American heritage, the know-how of their parents, the advice of their FFA advisor and a lot of hard work.

May 21, 2015 | From the Farm

Cattle and Conservation Co-exist on Leopold-Winning Operation

Father and son earn Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award for helping to turn what many considered wasteland into grazing land.

Apr 27, 2015 | From the Farm

Reports From the Ground: 2015 Planting Season

While farmers have been planting in fits and starts in pockets of FCSAmerica’s territory, the growing season is expected to start in earnest this week. Across the region, farmers are looking at several days of warm, dry weather.

Mar 31, 2015 | From the Farm

Farming Lesson: Look Beyond Gender to Skills, Talents

Farming and ranching have provided opportunities for women to be partners in their operations. At Farm Credit Services of America, we understand the value women bring to the workplace and to our Board of Directors.

Feb 3, 2015 | From the Farm

Ag-Ceptional Woman Guides Farm, Family through Tragedy

The Ag-ceptional award recognizes one woman each year for the excellence she brings to agriculture. Dawn Winkelbauer, whose family has a farm and dairy near Norfolk, Nebraska, recently was named Ag-ceptional Woman of the Year.

Dec 4, 2014 | From the Farm

Iowa Greenhouse Produces Holiday’s Showy Star

Council Bluffs grower and CEO Todd Johnson and his crew began cultivating about 200,000 poinsettias back in early summer. Now show worthy, these stars of the holiday season are being shipped by the thousands to stores across the region.

Nov 11, 2014 | From the Farm

Iowa Soldier Farms to Build Sustainable Afghanistan

First Lt. Scott Rottinghaus is a farmer and a soldier. While stationed in Kunar, one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous provinces, he combined his two loves to serve his country as a soldier-farmer. As part of the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agri-Business Development Team, Rottinghaus drew on his life a crop and livestock producer to teach Afghanis about sustainability and food safety.

Jul 25, 2014 | From the Farm

How to Build a Successful Farmers Market

Four years into our involvement with the Fallbrook Farmers Market in Lincoln, we have some insight into what it takes to build a successful farmers market.

May 29, 2014 | From the Farm

A Family Winery in Nebraska Grainbelt

As founders of only the fourth vineyard in Nebraska, Max and Theresa McFarland faced some big challenges, including finding a lender who shared their vision.

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