Trade Show Roundup: March Cattle Trade Shows

March offers cattle trade shows in three different states across the South.

Cattlemen and cattlewomen in three different southern states have cattle trade shows marked on their calendars for the month of March. Such shows and conventions offer those in the cattle industry the opportunity to learn, delegate and network with industry peers. Get the details on the three different cattle trade shows below.Read More


Don Harden on University-Level Ag Education Programs

AgAmerica’s Don Harden discusses university-level ag education programs in Florida.

In my March column in Central Florida Ag News, I wrote about the great ag education programs in Florida at the college and university level, and the fact that many of them offer FFA and 4-H programs. See examples and the benefits of these programs below.Read More


Brian Philpot Instructs and Learns as Guest Lecturer at Texas A&M

AgAmerica Lending President Brian Philpot is set to guest lecture at Texas A&M this March 9th.

Agriculture education has never been more important with the world’s population growing and the average age of America’s principal farm operators moving closer towards retirement. Sharing knowledge of agriculture and related financial topics has long been a focus of Texas A&M’s John Penson, the Agricultural Economics professor who invited AgAmerica Lending President Brian Philpot to share his knowledge as a Texas A&M guest lecturer on March 9th.

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Ag Trade Shows Roundup: Agriculture Events You Don’t Want to Miss

The month of February is another prime time for ag trade shows.

The winter months are a popular time to hold ag trade shows as most ag sectors are in-between the end of last season and the beginning of the upcoming season. No matter where an ag trade show is held, it’s guaranteed to offer value to attendees in terms of educational sessions with industry experts, industry updates and opportunities for networking with industry peers. Explore the ag trade shows being held in February below.Read More


The role of FFA and 4-H in helping pass on the family farm tradition

Explore how ag programs like FFA and 4-H help pass along the family farm tradition.

There’s a misconception going on about agriculture in this country. Many consumers believe that the industry has been taken over by corporations running “factory farms.” The truth of the matter is that farms and ranches in the U.S. overwhelmingly maintain the family farm tradition. The 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture showed that 97 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S. are family-owned and operated. It also revealed that the average age of principal operators is 58.3 years old, meaning a large majority of those who run America’s family farms are likely to consider retirement soon. They’ll need someone to step into the role of principal operator. This is where programs like FFA and 4-H help to pass on the tradition of the family farm.Read More


Ag and Farm Shows: Your January Trade Show Roundup

Get the details on the ag and farm shows going on in January; it’s a good time to be in the ag industry.

January is a big month for holding ag and farm shows because many in the ag industry have a window of time between last year’s harvest and this year’s preparations for planting. It’s a time where the country’s farmers make repairs, straighten out paperwork, study the past, and prepare for the future— and go to meetings. The slew of ag and farm shows in January are just part of the different meetings, educational seminars, and events farmers attend to improve their agribusinesses. See a summary of January’s major shows, meetings, and seminars in the Southeast below.Read More


A look at the Southeast Corn Varieties

There are many crops grown in the southern region of the United States; take a look at Southeast corn varieties.

Corn is a favorite vegetable, but the corn gracing American tables isn’t the only variety of corn grown. A lot of corn comes out of the Southeast, and it’s used for a variety of purposes, including playing center stage at barbecues, cookouts, and family dinners. Read about all the Southeast corn varieties below.Read More


Thankful for Ag: the History of Cornucopia

The Horn of Plenty, or cornucopia, is a common harvest motif, but do you know why?

You’ve likely seen the traditional symbols of the harvest—ears of corn, strands of wheat, and the cornucopia among them—but do you know the history of the cornucopia? Depicted as a horn overflowing with fruits, vegetables, and nuts, it is also called the Horn of Plenty. It has long represented the harvest in Western culture, and it has come to be associated with Thanksgiving. Read about the cornucopia’s ancient roots and modern depictions below.Read More


September Peanut Tour Puts Georgia Peanuts on Display

Georgia peanuts were front and center at the 30th annual Georgia Peanut Tour in Tifton, Georgia, this September 13–15.

There are many large ag commodities in Georgia, but as the official state crop, Georgia peanuts are king. Georgia is the top peanut-producing state, and their peanut industry was showcased at the 30th annual Georgia Peanut Tour. The tour was scheduled for September 13th through the 15th in Tifton, Georgia. Read More


Florida Agritourism Gets a Boost From a New AgriTourism Association

Florida agritourism and the growers behind it have a new ally in their ag diversification efforts: the Florida AgriTourism Association.  

Two of Florida’s leading industries are tourism and agriculture, so it only makes sense that Florida agritourism is growing quickly throughout the state. Florida recently established the Florida AgriTourism Association to support the growing agritourism market in Florida. Find out what it means for operators in The Sunshine State below.Read More


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