Power of 10: Top 10 Takeaways for Farm Financial Management

Learning from America’s farmers and the smart farm financial management decisions they make.

There are numerous variables farmers can’t control like the weather, commodity prices, disease, and pests. However, as your premier land lender, AgAmerica advocates that farmers instead think about the variables they can control: contracts, crop insurance, planting mix, machinery, and scheduled repairs. “It’s smart to pro-actively manage risks,” Bryce Philpot, AgAmerica Lending SVP/Co-owner, observes. “We believe this to be true: you really can’t underestimate the power of planning.” To explore the challenges behind a farmer’s decision-making process, the AgAmerica team surveyed growers from across the country to learn what sources they count on to research their most critical decisions, especially those of a financial nature (buying land, taking out a loan, selecting a bank, etc.) and how that process works within agribusinesses today. Review the top 10 takeaways from this research survey below.
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AgAmericaEats Recipes for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Try these recipes in celebration of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

This August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and it’s an opportunity to pay homage to a favorite summer sweet treat by making one of our fun recipes. August is known for its hot weather—the Dog Days of Summer—so it’s a perfect time for the cool refreshment of this frozen dairy treat. Try our s’mores ice cream sandwich recipe or homemade peach ice cream recipe, 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


Texas Cattle History: The History of the Stockyards

The history of the Stockyards is deeply tied to Texas cattle history.

Fort Worth, Texas is known as the town “where the West begins,” and if you’re talking about the West and Texas cattle history, you couldn’t be more accurate. Fort Worth is the home of the Stockyards. Many would argue that beef cattle and cattle drives put the West on the map, and the Stockyards and Fort Worth played a pivotal role in the development of cattle history in Texas. Discover how Fort Worth’s Texas cattle history was impacted by the Stockyards, below.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


AgAmericaEats Recipes: Lime Recipes for Your Summer Table

Try these lime recipes to grace your summer table.

Limes are in high demand, and they’re a favorite ingredient for a variety of dishes, drinks, and garnishes. Lime recipes are also a good choice for your summer table. Lime is a perfect ingredient to add to healthy recipes due to its bold, intense flavor. Find an entrée with limes, one of the most refreshing lime drink recipes you could make, and a dessert recipe featuring the green citrus fruit, below.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


Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference

Florida agriculture’s future leaders will be at the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference this July 14th-16th.

Like most state’s ag industries, Florida’s agriculture industry needs young farmers interested in stepping into the boots of the state’s retiring farmers and ranchers. It’s one reason why the Florida Farm Bureau—like state Farm Bureaus all over the country—hosts a Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference. The Florida Farm Bureau’s YF&R Leadership Conference is slated for this July 14th-16th at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Explore the offerings of this annual event below.Read More


A Look at Virginia Dairy Farms and the Dairymen’s Association Dairy Expo

Operators of Virginia dairy farms will be heading to the State Dairymen’s Association Dairy Expo in mid-July.

July 14th will see the operators of Virginia dairy farms traveling to Stoney Run Farms in McGaheysville, Virginia for the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association (VSDA) Dairy Expo. The day is one of fellowship and learning for the dairy producers in the state. Explore the offerings of the event below.Read More


Power of 10: Top 10 Pollinators in Agriculture

Explore the important role played by pollinators in agriculture.

Did you know that pollinators in agriculture are responsible for pollinating approximately 30 percent of the world’s food and fiber crops? According to AgPollinators.org, about one out of every four bites of food or sips of a beverage is made possible because of pollinators. Explore the top 10 pollinators below, and find out how everyone can help pollinators.
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