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Don Harden: The Farmers Ability to Use Drip Irrigation

Pros and Cons to Drip Irrigation

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed how irrigation is an important component of any farm. Drip irrigation is one of the most popular precision irrigation methods, and many Florida farmers are looking to utilize it on their farms. However, to make the best choice for your operation, you’ll need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation.  I explored the factors you should consider when choosing an irrigation management option, and the pros and cons of a drip system in the column. See them below from the perspective of a Florida grower interested in precision irrigation.
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A Look at an Alternative Florida Crop: Artichokes

Explore the prospect of artichokes as an up-and-coming alternative Florida crop.

Florida is one of the leading states for agriculture in the U.S., as the sunshine and warm temperatures that earned the nickname ‘The Sunshine State’ are what most crops are looking for. Most crops. Until now, the delicious and nutritious artichoke has not fared well in Florida, mainly due to the artichoke’s need for ‘chill hours,’ or a certain number of hours of cold weather in order to bloom and grow the edible flowers. However, one University of Florida professor believes he has the key to bringing this lucrative crop to Florida as the next alternative crop. Read the details of his research, and the attractions of artichokes as an alternative Florida crop, below.
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Helping Pollinators in Agriculture Benefits Us All

Find more information for growers and producers on helping pollinators in agriculture.

In a recent ‘Power of Ten’ blog, we shared the top pollinators in agriculture and discussed the importance of pollinators in agriculture. All told, pollinators are responsible for over 30 percent of the world’s food and fiber crops, so it befits all growers and producers to take steps to help pollinators in agriculture in as many ways as possible. The returns are numerous as strong pollinators support the health of both crops and wild spaces. If you’re in production agriculture, explore what you can do to help pollinators below.
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Dairy Commodity: We all Scream for the Dairy Industry

See how the dairy industry stacks up when it comes to ice cream, and how AgAmerica supports dairy farming.

The dairy industry is one of the largest sectors in agriculture, and seeing as it’s the source of everyone’s favorite summer sweet treat—ice cream—it’s not hard to see why. August is jam-packed with nationally-designated days that celebrate ice cream. There’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on August 2ndBanana Split Day on August 10th, Ice Cream Pie Day on the 18th, and many more. Since all of these ice cream celebrations were made possible by the dairy industry, it’s only fitting to give a round of applause to those in dairy farming as well. Check out some facts about dairy and ice cream below, and explore how AgAmerica supports this important industry.
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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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Digging Into the Sweet Potato Industry in the Southeast

Explore the sweet potato industry in the Southeast.

The sweet potato industry is one that is quickly growing, thanks to an increase in consumer consumption. The high nutritional value of the sweet potato is re-branding the vitamin-heavy starchy root beyond an ingredient that’s only enjoyed during the holidays. The Southeast leads the country in growing sweet potatoes. Discover statistics on the sweet potato industry, below.Read More


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


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