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

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

Trade Show Roundup: March Cattle Trade Shows

March offers cattle trade shows in three different states across the South.

Cattlemen and cattlewomen in three different southern states have cattle trade shows marked on their calendars for the month of March. Such shows and conventions offer those in the cattle industry the opportunity to learn, delegate and network with industry peers. Get the details on the three different cattle trade shows below.Read More

Don Harden on University-Level Ag Education Programs

AgAmerica’s Don Harden discusses university-level ag education programs in Florida.

In my March column in Central Florida Ag News, I wrote about the great ag education programs in Florida at the college and university level, and the fact that many of them offer FFA and 4-H programs. See examples and the benefits of these programs below.Read More

Power of 10: Top 10 Produce Crops in the U.S.

Find out about the top 10 produce crops in the U.S.

Produce crops are some of the most recognized crops in the country and are what most people imagine when they think of farming. The top 10 are those that are the most grown crops in the U.S., and they are also some of the best selling crops. These types of crop production are also the focus of the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure event, going on from March 9th to the 11th in Orlando, Florida. If you’re curious about the top 10 produce crops in our country, continue reading below.Read More

Don Harden on Water and Ag Land Values

When assessing ag land values, water is a major factor.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News magazine, I relay some details on when water is (and is not) a primary factor from a land-value standpoint.  In this article, I put forth an idea from Tony Toso, a California Farm Bureau Federation director, rancher, and a professional agricultural land appraiser.  In a 2014 article about ground water rights, he said, “Everyone knows that land without water isn’t worth much.”

No matter the locale of the farm or the crop being grown, water access is so important that it has a direct impact on agricultural land values.  Read below as I got into a little more detail on the topic, and I hope you find this useful:Read More

Ag Trade Shows Roundup: Agriculture Events You Don’t Want to Miss

The month of February is another prime time for ag trade shows.

The winter months are a popular time to hold ag trade shows as most ag sectors are in-between the end of last season and the beginning of the upcoming season. No matter where an ag trade show is held, it’s guaranteed to offer value to attendees in terms of educational sessions with industry experts, industry updates and opportunities for networking with industry peers. Explore the ag trade shows being held in February below.Read More

The role of FFA and 4-H in helping pass on the family farm tradition

Explore how ag programs like FFA and 4-H help pass along the family farm tradition.

There’s a misconception going on about agriculture in this country. Many consumers believe that the industry has been taken over by corporations running “factory farms.” The truth of the matter is that farms and ranches in the U.S. overwhelmingly maintain the family farm tradition. The 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture showed that 97 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S. are family-owned and operated. It also revealed that the average age of principal operators is 58.3 years old, meaning a large majority of those who run America’s family farms are likely to consider retirement soon. They’ll need someone to step into the role of principal operator. This is where programs like FFA and 4-H help to pass on the tradition of the family farm.Read More

AgAmerica Team Member, Doug Moore, Putting the ‘Timber’ in Timber Land Loans

Explore how AgAmerica employee Doug Moore will use his background to help timber farmers and managers investigate their options for timber land loans.

Have you ever heard someone say they have agriculture in their blood? AgAmerica’s newest Loan Processor, Doug Moore, has timber in his veins and plans on ensuring the timber land loans division of AgAmerica is a busy one.Read More