Don Harden: A Look at the History of Citrus and Florida Limes

Florida limes are making a comeback in The Sunshine State.

Florida is well-known for its citrus production, and it used to be well-known for its lime fruit production, too. In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I explored the story of Florida limes, including how Florida citrus growers are giving Florida limes another shot. Limes were once so plentiful in South Florida that one of the varieties grown here was known as a Key lime because it was grown around the Florida Keys. Find out below what happened to Florida limes, and why the tart, green citrus fruit is again looking like a good crop for Florida citrus growers.Read More


Solar and Wind Farms: Ag’s Investment in Renewable Energy

Solar and wind farms create environmental and financial benefits for America’s farmers.

This month we examined solar and wind farms, and how, as the planet’s original environmentalists, farmers are often on the cutting edge of management best practices that help their businesses and the earth. In recent years, the push for clean and renewable energy has become stronger, and some farmers have responded with solar and wind farms that help power their operations by harnessing the earth’s renewable resources. This has offered additional benefits. In doing so, they’ve found not only a more efficient way to produce power while helping the environment, but also another added benefit – a steady source of income. Explore the ins and outs of solar and wind farms for your ag operation, below.Read More


A Can’t Miss if You’re in the Florida Cattle Industry: the FCA Annual Convention

The Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention is a can’t-miss event if you’re in the Florida cattle industry.

If you’re in the Florida cattle industry, you’re likely headed to the Annual Convention of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, scheduled for Tuesday, June 20th through Thursday, June 22nd at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida. It’s a can’t-miss event for those in Florida’s cattle industry; explore a sampling of the benefits below for those in Florida cattle production.Read More


Don Harden: Celebrating the Country’s Favorite Melon This Watermelon Season

Explore the stats of the nation’s watermelon season.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I talked about a major Florida crop commodity: watermelons. Florida has a long watermelon season that produces melons for about six months out of the year. They lead the country in production, with watermelon farmers in Florida producing 18 percent of the nation’s watermelon crop. However, the Sunshine State isn’t the only one that contributes to the country’s watermelon market. Read interesting statistics about watermelons below.Read More


Shared Land Use: Timber and Cattle Ranch Land

Silvopasture: a timber and cattle ranch concept with reciprocal benefits.

Forests are an important part of our landscape. If you drive through the Southeastern United States, beautiful, expansive forestland spreads out before you, perfect for recreation and hunting. A recent AgAmerica Lending article points out that a timber and cattle ranch concept—called silvopasture—allows our forests to be important both for land and cattle. AgAmerica Loan Processor Doug Moore explains how cattle and sheep can prove beneficial to forest health.Read More


AgAmerica Whitepaper on Farm Financial Management – How Do Farms Make Decisions?

With the ever-increasing importance of farming—and the unique challenges that go with it—farm financial management and decision making has never been more important.

Actor, cowboy, and newspaper columnist Will Rogers once said, “The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” It’s a sentiment that’s as true today as it was during Rogers’ lifetime in the first half of the 1900s. It seems that farming gets tougher and tougher every year, and a growing world population that’s forecast to increase food demand anywhere from 59% to 98% by 2050 only adds greater responsibility to the job. With the pressures and demands of the industry, we at AgAmerica wondered how the nation’s growers and producers go about making farm financial management decisions. We surveyed growers from across the nation and published a whitepaper, Decision-Making Success: Making Smart Financial Management Decisions for Your Farm. Read a summary of it below, and find a link to the full paper.Read More


Don Harden on Crop Diversification

AgAmerica Lending’s Don Harden talks crop diversification.

America’s farmers are always on the lookout for ways to lessen their risk and improve the bottom lines of their agribusinesses. In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I shared a popular strategy for achieving those goals: crop diversification. Discover the benefits of crop diversification below, and explore an AgAmerica Lending survey that delved into the details of diversification in agriculture across the country.Read More


AgAmerica Lending on Risk Management in Farming

The experts at AgAmerica weigh in on risk management in farming.

Risk is an inherent part of the agriculture industry, but most risks can be planned for to mitigate the damages. A recent AgAmerica Lending article shares advice concerning risk management in farming, offering options to help the nation’s growers and producers prepare. Explore the topic of risk management in agriculture below, and read the advice of our industry experts.Read More


AgAmerica’s Focus on Marketing and Agriculture at the NAMA Conference

AgAmerica will be focusing on marketing and agriculture at the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Conference, the last week of April in Dallas, TX.

The nation’s farmers and ranchers have long had an important job producing and growing the raw materials that feed and clothe the country and beyond, but in this age of technology, they’ve had to add a new task to the list: agriculture marketing. The important connections between marketing and agriculture are set to be examined with laser-like focus at the 2017 Agri-Marketing Conference, hosted by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). Slated for April 26th to the 28th in Dallas, Texas, the AgAmerica marketing team will be in attendance to explore the latest developments in marketing and agriculture. See a preview of the agricultural marketing topics the team will be reviewing below.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


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