A Look at an Alternative Florida Crop: Artichokes

Explore the prospect of artichokes as an up-and-coming alternative Florida crop.

Florida is one of the leading states for agriculture in the U.S., as the sunshine and warm temperatures that earned the nickname ‘The Sunshine State’ are what most crops are looking for. Most crops. Until now, the delicious and nutritious artichoke has not fared well in Florida, mainly due to the artichoke’s need for ‘chill hours,’ or a certain number of hours of cold weather in order to bloom and grow the edible flowers. However, one University of Florida professor believes he has the key to bringing this lucrative crop to Florida as the next alternative crop. Read the details of his research, and the attractions of artichokes as an alternative Florida crop, below.
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Helping Pollinators in Agriculture Benefits Us All

Find more information for growers and producers on helping pollinators in agriculture.

In a recent ‘Power of Ten’ blog, we shared the top pollinators in agriculture and discussed the importance of pollinators in agriculture. All told, pollinators are responsible for over 30 percent of the world’s food and fiber crops, so it befits all growers and producers to take steps to help pollinators in agriculture in as many ways as possible. The returns are numerous as strong pollinators support the health of both crops and wild spaces. If you’re in production agriculture, explore what you can do to help pollinators below.
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Dairy Commodity: We all Scream for the Dairy Industry

See how the dairy industry stacks up when it comes to ice cream, and how AgAmerica supports dairy farming.

The dairy industry is one of the largest sectors in agriculture, and seeing as it’s the source of everyone’s favorite summer sweet treat—ice cream—it’s not hard to see why. August is jam-packed with nationally-designated days that celebrate ice cream. There’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on August 2ndBanana Split Day on August 10th, Ice Cream Pie Day on the 18th, and many more. Since all of these ice cream celebrations were made possible by the dairy industry, it’s only fitting to give a round of applause to those in dairy farming as well. Check out some facts about dairy and ice cream below, and explore how AgAmerica supports this important industry.
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Digging Into the Sweet Potato Industry in the Southeast

Explore the sweet potato industry in the Southeast.

The sweet potato industry is one that is quickly growing, thanks to an increase in consumer consumption. The high nutritional value of the sweet potato is re-branding the vitamin-heavy starchy root beyond an ingredient that’s only enjoyed during the holidays. The Southeast leads the country in growing sweet potatoes. Discover statistics on the sweet potato industry, below.Read More


AgAmerica Lending’s Rural Infrastructure Loan Program

AgAmerica’s Rural Infrastructure Loan Program supports the country’s ag industry.

AgAmerica’s custom loan packages have always been aimed at helping the American farmer. Our new Rural Infrastructure Loan Program also has the benefit of the American farmer in mind. The loan supports an array of communication and green energy options in rural settings that ultimately support those in agriculture. Read on to see the details of our Rural Infrastructure Loan Program and the parameters for qualifying for a rural infrastructure land loan.Read More


Soil Management Practices Help Farmers Produce Higher Quality Cattle

Increasing soil management can lead to healthier livestock and more fertile ground.

In our latest article, we looked at how soil management techniques like soil testing and soil analysis can increase soil fertility and soil quality. That healthy soil then equates to healthier forages and livestock. It’s no secret that healthy cattle require nutrient-rich pastureland on which to graze, and that’s why it’s important for farmers to have reliable soil management practices in place. After all, forage health is directly related to soil health.Read More


Summer Farm Safety: Preventing Heat Stroke on the Farm

Summer farm safety is an important topic.

In addition to farm safety tips concerning tractors, chemicals, and livestock, make sure you look into heat stress prevention tips for farmers as well. Summer is typically one of a farmer’s busiest times, and there is little time or ability to slow down or take a break during the heat of the day. Heat illness in agriculture is a common occurrence, but it can be prevented by following heat safety tips and keeping summer farm safety top of mind.Read More


Solar and Wind Farms: Ag’s Investment in Renewable Energy

Solar and wind farms create environmental and financial benefits for America’s farmers.

This month we examined solar and wind farms, and how, as the planet’s original environmentalists, farmers are often on the cutting edge of management best practices that help their businesses and the earth. In recent years, the push for clean and renewable energy has become stronger, and some farmers have responded with solar and wind farms that help power their operations by harnessing the earth’s renewable resources. This has offered additional benefits. In doing so, they’ve found not only a more efficient way to produce power while helping the environment, but also another added benefit – a steady source of income. Explore the ins and outs of solar and wind farms for your ag operation, below.Read More


Drought Happens: Water, Irrigation Options, and More

Irrigation is important in farming because drought tends to sneak up on you.

In 1950, weather expert, H.P. Gillette, described drought as a “creeping phenomenon.” When you think about it, that’s a pretty accurate statement. Drought tends to sneak up on you. “Drought is different than other natural hazards,” explains Mark Svoboda, a climatologist and director of the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska, and one of the co-founders, as well as a former author, of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor. “Tornadoes hit hard and leave, floods or hurricanes can last days, but then they’re gone, too. But droughts…they can take months to develop and then last for months or even years…and drought has a much larger spatial and temporal footprint.” In AgAmerica Lending’s latest article, we look at drought and why irrigation is important to agriculture. Read a summary of the article below.Read More


AgAmerica Whitepaper on Farm Financial Management – How Do Farms Make Decisions?

With the ever-increasing importance of farming—and the unique challenges that go with it—farm financial management and decision making has never been more important.

Actor, cowboy, and newspaper columnist Will Rogers once said, “The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” It’s a sentiment that’s as true today as it was during Rogers’ lifetime in the first half of the 1900s. It seems that farming gets tougher and tougher every year, and a growing world population that’s forecast to increase food demand anywhere from 59% to 98% by 2050 only adds greater responsibility to the job. With the pressures and demands of the industry, we at AgAmerica wondered how the nation’s growers and producers go about making farm financial management decisions. We surveyed growers from across the nation and published a whitepaper, Decision-Making Success: Making Smart Financial Management Decisions for Your Farm. Read a summary of it below, and find a link to the full paper.Read More


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