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Farm Credit Knowledge Center to Host Star Insights Forum on Top Ag Commodities

 The Farm Credit Knowledge Center will host its first Star Insights Forum at the Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, VA on December 6, 2022. The event will run from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Star Insights Forum is a multi-commodity-focused offering in which participants will hear from Dr. Bart Fischer of Texas A&M University, Dr. Charley Martinez of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Alex White of Virginia Tech and Dr. Joe Moritz of West Virginia University.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to Dr. Bart Fischer, main session speaker, present Insight into the Development of the 2023 Farm Bill. In this presentation, Dr. Fischer will discuss the major events going on around the world that impact production agriculture and will provide a unique, insider’s perspective on the development of the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill.

Participants will be able to attend two afternoon workshops of their choosing.

  • Dr. Fischer will lead his afternoon sessions with his presentation on Field Crop Market Insights. This workshop will cover the issues impacting field crop markets across the globe and provide a glimpse at the initial market outlook for the 2023 crop year.
  • Dr. Charley Martinez will lead his afternoon workshops with his presentation, Current and Future Trends in the Cattle Industry, covering marketing and supply chain factors that will impact an operation’s profitability in 2023 and in the coming years.
  • Dr. Alex White will present Cash Flow Management During Uncertain Times, discussing key areas of cash flow management for dairy farms, cash flow budgets, managing inflation and year-end tax purchase alternatives.
  • Dr. Joe Moritz will present Innovations in Pelleting and Poultry House Heating to include the influence of pellet quality, nutrient digestibility and feed hygienics as well as wood heating systems.

The Knowledge Center is excited to offer a tailored educational opportunity covering the top four commodities in the Farm Credit of the Virginias footprint.

Registration can be made by visiting or by emailing the Knowledge Center at

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $2 billion in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for over 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit

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