Coaxing More Cash Out of Your Ag Land and Farmland Loans

Read expert tips on making the most of the tax benefits associated with your ag land and farmland loans.

In a recent article, we polled the tax experts for tips on making the most of the tax benefits associated with agriculture. Whatever type of agriculture you’re involved in, land is one of your most critical and necessary investments. The question is, are you really doing all you can to make the most of the tax benefits associated with your land in order to help manage your income? Farmers, like all businesspeople, need as many tax breaks as they can get each year to help make ends meet. We looked into some key tax benefits every farmer should consider, and recently spoke to two CPAs for their guidance and perspective. Find more on farmland loans, and the link to the full article for all the advice from the experts, below.
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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


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


The Growing Rural Infrastructure and Tower Construction Industry

The event of the National Association of Tower Erectors—NATE Unite—focused on rural infrastructure, complementing AgAmerica’s ventures into tower lending.

The last days of February and the first days of March played host to NATE Unite, the premier event of the National Association of Tower Erectors. Held in Ft Worth, Texas, from February 27th to March 2nd, the event brought together NATE members from all facets of the tower construction industry to focus on education, marketing, networking, and the development of solidity between NATE members. Explore the offerings of the NATE Unite event and why AgAmerica has entered the lucrative realm of tower lending.Read More


AgriWomen in the news: Texas Ranch Hosts Women’s Butcher Seminar

With the rising average age of farmers and a growing population, a recent women’s butcher seminar highlights how women in ag have never been more important.

There are about to be many boots to fill in the ag industry, and more mouths to feed in the world than ever before. The 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed a number of statistics on the demographics of farming: the average age of principal operators is 58.3—and heading closer to retirement age—and the number of principal operators has decreased for both men and women. With the world population growing at a fast pace, the number of farmers is decreasing at a time when they are needed most. This makes the topic of women in ag more important than ever before. A recent women-only meat butchering event at the Bar W Ranch in Texas highlights how women in agriculture can find a foothold in the industry.Read More


Growing Crops that Bring Agriculture and Fashion Closer Than Ever

Agriculture is an industry of innovation and pioneering ways, and a handful of producers are rising above the limitations on how they drive their destinies by digging into agriculture and fashion.

Agriculture and fashion are connected but far-removed. Farmers and ranchers grow and produce the materials that go into the clothes, accessories and home goods that are the basis of fashion, but they generally aren’t related to the creation of those fashion styles at all. Until now. A handful of U.S. ag producers are using a connection between agriculture and fashion to take the reins of growth and profit by turning out farm-to-home linens and clothing made from their own crops. Read below how the idea grew with one cotton farmer.Read More


State Focus – A Look at the Texas Agriculture Industry

They say everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, and it’s a statement that’s certainly true of the Texas agriculture industry.

Agriculture is big in Texas; the Lone Star State has the second largest agriculture industry in the country, based on agriculture receipts. Take a look at agriculture facts and statistics about the Texas agriculture industry, a powerhouse of agriculture, below.Read More


What’s the Buzz: the Role of Bees in Agriculture

The lessons learned were many when the AgAmerica team visited Kirkland Farms in early February to learn about bees in agriculture.

The importance of bees in agriculture is well-known, but the extent of the significance isn’t something that everyone understands completely. For those who rely on bees for the pollination of agricultural crops, like blueberry farms and others, bees are as necessary to the operation’s success as sunlight and water. The AgAmerica team recently visited Kirkland Farms, a farm with a blueberry operation located in Lakeland, Florida, to explore the role of bees in agriculture. Find out what all the buzz is about below.Read More


AgAmerica Recommends these Honey Recipes

Try These Honey Recipes for a Dish Featuring Nature’s Best Sweetener

Honey has long been a natural sweetener, and it’s still an important ingredient in many dishes. If you think honey is the bees’ knees, try one of these honey recipes to put a bit more of nature’s sweetness on your table. These honey recipes for baking and more hail from states where agriculture is a main industry, making bees an integral part of the trade. Paired with other commodities in the state, these honey recipes hit the spot.Read More


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