There was a lot going on this past July at the Southern Feed and Grain Convention, hosted by the great folks at the Alabama Feed & Grain Association. Held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in the Florida Panhandle July 26 to the 29, the convention offered a mix of meetings, presentations and good times with the theme “Dealing With Increasing Complexities.” Our Relationship Manager, Don Harden, had this to say about the event: “Attending this particular show was interesting because we met the feed and grain buyers who work alongside farmers on a daily basis. From transporting to planting to harvesting . . . these folks are industry experts and provide a unique perspective.”

The convention started and ended with exciting events, such as auctions, an awards banquet, fishing, and golfing at Sandestin’s emerald course. In between, participants got down to business. Agricultural industries like feed and grain are certainly complex, as evidenced by the convention’s diverse array of presenters and topics. The Board of Directors for the Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama Feed & Grain Associations met and Richard Sellers from the American Feed Industry Association gave a legislative update. Representatives from the trucking industry, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and Parker Towing Company gave a presentation. Professor Dr. John Blanton, Head of the Animal & Dairy Science at Mississippi State University also presented, among many, many others.
The feed and grain industry has many “complexities” to deal with on a daily basis, but if there was just one thing to take away from the convention, it was this: folks in agriculture are up to the challenge and will continue to find innovative ways to do what they do best. If you’re looking for a lender who cares about the fiscal health of America’s farms and ranches, take a look at AgAmerica Lending’s unique loan products. We offer low interest rates, long amortizations, and an outstanding 10-year line of credit.