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Farm Credit of the Virginias Knowledge Center Hosts Meeting on Alternative Feeding & Marketing Strategies for Beef Producers

Farm Credit of the Virginias Knowledge Center, the educational arm of the cooperative lending institution, recently announced they would host a free event in Blacksburg, Virginia, on February 11, 2020, in which industry representatives will share insight for navigating the beef industry with alternative feeding and marketing solutions. 

Given the current climate of the beef industry, the need to explore alternative strategies for feeding and marketing should be a primary consideration for producers. The Knowledge Center is pleased to offer this event for producers to hear from panelists about current practices and opportunities that they are imploring to diversify their own operations and those of the producers they work with.

Participants will hear from four industry panelists during the program, which include beef producers and industry professionals alike: Jason Wisecarver, Farm Credit Crop Insurance Specialist; Gabe Pent, Shenandoah Valley AREC Superintendent; Jeannie Layton-Dudding, Giles County Animal Science Extension Agent; and Callie Carson, Carson Family Farm.

Each speaker will provide an overview of their operation and share their expertise, followed by questions from participants. The speakers are prepared to share insight on alternative feeding techniques, ways to mitigate risk through insurance and LRPs, as well as alternative marketing options. The panelists are not only knowledgeable on these topics, but also imploring these strategies on their own beef operations.

Dinner will be served from 5-6pm with our program beginning at 6pm. The free event will be held at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena located at 500 Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA.

To register and reserve your seat and meal go to or contact Sarah Scyphers, or 276-628-5291 x1525.

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 billion dollars 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 or

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