Employee Highlight: Tips on Running a Business Office with Chloe & Natalya

Read what advice AgAmerica’s Office Administrators have to share on running a business office.

They say a business is only as good as the employees working in it, or the team of employees. If a company’s business office team isn’t on the same page, then the company as a whole suffers; they ensure all the other parts of the company run smoothly. AgAmerica’s Office Administrator, Chloe Carpenter, and Administrative Assistant, Natalya Clemens, have words of wisdom to share so your business office can start the New Year on the right foot.Read More

Florida Sugarcane and Black Gold

Read about how important sugarcane is—and the muck it grows in—to Florida agriculture.

The state of Florida offers many different row crops, and sugarcane is a big one. Florida leads the U.S. in sugarcane production. While the tropical plant can be grown anywhere in The Sunshine State, the nutrient-rich muck fields of South Florida and Lake Okeechobee are the most desirable spots for growing the sun-loving cane. AgAmerica’s Regional Account Manager, Chuck Cruse, discusses this unique soil type, nicknamed “black gold,” and the steps farmers are taking to replicate it, below.Read More

USDA Corn Harvest Update

Find out the latest news on this year’s corn harvest.

Corn is one of the largest crop commodities in the U.S., and farmers all over the country—from the Midwest to Southeastern states—are wrapping up or have completed their own corn harvest. Though there was drought, fire, flooding, and hurricanes in other parts of the country, the weather was favorable for growing corn in the main areas of the corn belt and most secondary areas where corn production is high.

The weather has been so favorable that corn producers may just be on to a record-setting corn harvest. Find out what the USDA’s latest report says on the harvesting of one of the country’s largest crops.Read More

AgAmerica Team Member Highlight: New team member Chuck Cruse

Chuck Cruse knows firsthand that farmers and lenders haven’t always seen eye to eye. “When I was growing up, my wife’s grandfather told me that bankers were the enemy. It was really hard for finance people and bankers—that was their terminology back then, ‘bankers’—to get in and to work with the farmers, because the farmers felt all the bankers wanted to do was to rob them blind and to take their property away from them. I took on that mentality and I changed it.”Read More

USDA News You Can Use: USDA Initiatives to Further Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture works hard day in and day out to further agriculture in the U.S. in all sectors. They work on developing new technologies, on finding new markets for the products and produce of the nation’s farmers and ranchers, and on ensuring food safety. Keep up-to-date with the innovations and initiatives coming out of the USDA that make agriculture better for all.

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What Can We Learn from the Third Largest Swine Farmer in Ohio?

The agriculture industry sometimes gets unduly blamed for problems with the environment, but there are ways to change such negative perceptions of agriculture. One example is the algae blooms seen in western Lake Erie; for over two days in the summer of 2014, half a million Toledo residents were unable to drink their tap water due to toxins in the water. Many blame the runoff from Ohio’s agriculture as one of the main culprits behind the yearly algae blooms.

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News You Can Use: Ag Opportunities Created by the USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture wears many hats, but it seems they always have their farm boots on. Every initiative, every trade mission, every funded research proposal aims to advance agriculture in the U.S. Read up on what the USDA has been up to lately in pursuit of improving opportunities, abilities, and the outlook for the future of ag in America.

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Florida Peaches May become Part of Fresh From Florida Marketing Campaign

Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) introduced the Fresh From Florida campaign a few years ago to promote Florida-grown products. The program has been a hit, and it’s set to expand; Florida’s up-and-coming peaches just may be one of the newest items to get the star treatment, according to Darica Smith, the division’s director of marketing, in an article published in The Packer.

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