AgAmerica Cares: Supporting the Arbor Day Foundation

AgAmerica celebrates the wonder of trees this Arbor Day by once again supporting an important Arbor Day Foundation undertaking: the reforestation of native habitats.

National Arbor Day is April 28th, and it’s a day to celebrate the importance of trees. Arbor Day is implemented by the Arbor Day Foundation, and it has been celebrated since the late 1800s. See how AgAmerica marks the day by supporting the efforts of the Arbor Day Foundation, and how you can help too.Read More

Earth Day and Ag: Conserving the Farming Tradition, the Earth, and the Wildlife in It

Take a look at the role of agriculture in conservation this Earth Day, and see how a conservation easement loan fits in.

Earth Day—April 22nd—started as a national day to focus on the environment, and for those in agriculture, every day has been a good day to focus on land conservation. Farmers and ranchers have long acted as stewards of the land, protecting the natural resources that sustain their agricultural ends. This Earth Day is a good one for all “agvocates” to let others know what steps their ag operations undertake on a daily basis and spread the word on sustainable agriculture practices. Learn about a few of the environmental “best practices” those in the agriculture industry follow, and consider a conservation easement loan.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

Employee Highlight: Hunter Helms, Texas Lender

New Texas Correspondent Lender Hunter Helms has experience both in the field and on the business side of agriculture.

Ask any farmer or rancher what’s missing from big bank lenders, and they’ll tell you banks lack an understanding of the ins and outs of agriculture and a knowledge of the industry’s unique challenges. AgAmerica Lending was built on the premise of comprehending the agriculture industry, and new Correspondent Lender Hunter Helms walks that walk every day in his role as a farmer, rancher, and now Texas lender.Read More

Q&A With Texas Land Lender and AgAmerica Corrrespondent Lender, Jordan Shipley

Texas Land Lender and new AgAmerica Correspondent Lender, Jordan Shipley, talks the NFL, Texas rec land and AgAmerica’s Texas land loans.

Agriculture is a leading industry in Texas, with the recreational land industry—rec land—following close behind. It’s a fact that new AgAmerica Correspondent Lender, Jordan Shipley, knows very well. As a native Texan, Jordan grew up immersed in two of Texas’s favorite pastimes: outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing, and football. In college he played for the Texas Longhorns, and he was later drafted in the NFL.  After playing for the Bengals, Buccaneers and Jaguars, he turned to his love of hunting and fishing as a host of “The Bucks of Tecomate,” a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. Below he discusses his time with the NFL, rec land and agriculture, and his new role as a Texas land lender for AgAmerica.Read More

AgAmerica Recommends these Honey Recipes

Try These Honey Recipes for a Dish Featuring Nature’s Best Sweetener

Honey has long been a natural sweetener, and it’s still an important ingredient in many dishes. If you think honey is the bees’ knees, try one of these honey recipes to put a bit more of nature’s sweetness on your table. These honey recipes for baking and more hail from states where agriculture is a main industry, making bees an integral part of the trade. Paired with other commodities in the state, these honey recipes hit the spot.Read More

Lakeland BBQ Pigfest: Honoring Southern BBQ Traditions

AgAmerica Team Members Take Part in Lakeland BBQ Fun, Friendly Competition, and Entertainment.

Southern BBQ is a way of life, and that tradition is carried on with the Lakeland BBQ Pigfest event. Held in late January, the event is meant to be a relaxing and fun event, raise money for charitable organizations, bring world-class BBQ to the area and celebrate Lakeland BBQ. Read how this BBQ competition in AgAmerica’s backyard offers the best of Southern traditions.Read More

BEEF is In the Air: At the National Cattlemen’s Show

Get a sneak peek of all that’s in the works for the upcoming National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show.

If you’re in the cattle industry, you’ve likely got plans to travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the 2017 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show. This year’s National Cattlemen’s Show is slated for February 1st to the 3rd, and it promises to be a terrific event. There are many activities in addition to the trade show that is labelled “the largest, most important national show for anyone in the cattle business.” Explore some of the highlights below of this year’s National Cattlemen’s Show if you plan to “Mosey on Down to Music City.”Read More