Summer Solstice on the Farm: The Solstice and Agriculture

Explore how agriculture has been influenced by the summer solstice on the farm.

June 21st is the first day of summer, and it’s also the summer solstice. The day has many ties to agriculture, making the day an important one. Find out the summer solstice definition and explore the different connections between the solstice and agriculture plus the various summer solstice celebrations that occur on this special day.Read More


Don Harden: Celebrating the Country’s Favorite Melon This Watermelon Season

Explore the stats of the nation’s watermelon season.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I talked about a major Florida crop commodity: watermelons. Florida has a long watermelon season that produces melons for about six months out of the year. They lead the country in production, with watermelon farmers in Florida producing 18 percent of the nation’s watermelon crop. However, the Sunshine State isn’t the only one that contributes to the country’s watermelon market. Read interesting statistics about watermelons below.Read More


Father’s Day in the Animal Kingdom: the Cattle Industry, the Farm, and the Wild

Father’s Day is one to celebrate in the cattle industry and the animal kingdom, too.

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s not only human fathers who have cause to celebrate the third Sunday in June. While many male animals in the animal kingdom have little to do with the raising of their offspring, dads are important in the cattle industry and beyond. Read below to find some of the best dads in the animal kingdom and agriculture industry.Read More


Power of 10: A Line of Credit Solution

When it comes to fighting ag pests or disease, a line of credit solution may be just what the experts ordered.

The ag industry has a long list of challenges, and a pest or disease attacking a crop is definitely high on that list. Dealing with ag pests like insects and disease takes time, patience, and money to implement the steps recommended by research and experts. Unfortunately, not all growers and producers have the cash on-hand to invest in the changes, replanting, or other steps recommended by experts. That’s where a line of credit solution comes in. With AgAmerica’s 10-year line of credit, growers and producers can get the cash needed to combat a pest or disease, as well as a decade to repay and recover. Explore a few examples below.Read More


A Look at Dairy Industry Statistics for National Dairy Month

Find dairy industry facts for dairy month.

June is National Dairy Month, and that means it’s time to show the dairy industry some love for all of the delicious and nutritious dairy products made possible by the hard work of the nation’s dairy farmers. Read about the history of National Dairy Month, learn fun facts to share over cheese, ice cream or a cold glass of milk, and explore dairy farm loans with the nation’s premier land lender, below.Read More


Shared Land Use: Timber and Cattle Ranch Land

Silvopasture: a timber and cattle ranch concept with reciprocal benefits.

Forests are an important part of our landscape. If you drive through the Southeastern United States, beautiful, expansive forestland spreads out before you, perfect for recreation and hunting. A recent AgAmerica Lending article points out that a timber and cattle ranch concept—called silvopasture—allows our forests to be important both for land and cattle. AgAmerica Loan Processor Doug Moore explains how cattle and sheep can prove beneficial to forest health.Read More


Mr. Don Takes a Look at the Family Farming Tradition

Don Harden looks at the statistics generated by AgAmerica’s survey on the multigenerational family farming tradition.

In my April column in Central Florida Ag News, I wrote about the importance of the family farming tradition in America. The 2012 Census of Agriculture counted 2.1 million farms in the U.S, with 97 percent being considered family-owned operations. The lion’s share of our food and fiber comes from family farming operations, so it’s no wonder that the image of the multigenerational farming businesses is one that many family farmers hold in high esteem.

In the ag industry, the number of farming generations we count in our families is a source of great pride, and the thought of our children and grandchildren inheriting the farm and filling our boots is a sustaining one. While there are many statistics on family agriculture, there are few on the details of the family farming tradition. In 2015, AgAmerica conducted a survey of hundreds of growers, and compiled the results in the whitepaper Families and Their Farms: Planning for the Future. Explore our findings on the family farming tradition below. Read More


AgriEaster: an Egg-citing History of Eggs and Easter

The history of eggs and Easter is a fascinating one.

If you’ve ever wondered what baskets of candy, chocolate bunnies, and colored eggs have to do with the religious side of Easter, you’re not alone. While there is no one connection that all historians agree on between present day and the history of eggs and Easter, there is a consensus that the rituals of decorating eggs, making nests, eating candy and telling stories of the Easter Bunny all have pagan origins, before the rise of Christianity. It was a time when agriculture was as prominent, or even more so, as it is today, but when people believed a bit of magic was useful on the farm too. Explore the connections between modern-day Easter and the history of Easter eggs.Read More


Top 10 Reasons You Should Apply for Our 10-Year Line of Credit

Discover ten reasons to apply for an AgAmerica 10-year line of credit.

AgAmerica’s custom loan packages are a major way we stand out from the crowd, and our 10-year line of credit is a perfect example of how our loan products are designed to fit the needs of your agribusiness. It’s an agricultural line of credit like no other, and we’re happy to share the testimonials of your fellow farmers and ranchers as proof. Find the top 10 reasons why you should apply for our 10-year line of credit.Read More


Exploring the Livestock Industry: Rabbit and Sheep Farming

While sheep and rabbits are part of the imagery of spring, they are also part of the U.S. livestock industry.

When you think of the livestock industry, you likely envision cattle and hogs, but there are many other variations of livestock with rich histories of animal husbandry of their own. If you’re considering a livestock land loan, know that your options go beyond cattle ranching. Explore statistics for both sheep and rabbit farming businesses in the U.S. below.Read More


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