Employee Highlight: Tips on Running a Business Office with Chloe & Natalya

Read what advice AgAmerica’s Office Administrators have to share on running a business office.

They say a business is only as good as the employees working in it, or the team of employees. If a company’s business office team isn’t on the same page, then the company as a whole suffers; they ensure all the other parts of the company run smoothly. AgAmerica’s Office Administrator, Chloe Carpenter, and Administrative Assistant, Natalya Clemens, have words of wisdom to share so your business office can start the New Year on the right foot.Read More


Florida Sugarcane and Black Gold

Read about how important sugarcane is—and the muck it grows in—to Florida agriculture.

The state of Florida offers many different row crops, and sugarcane is a big one. Florida leads the U.S. in sugarcane production. While the tropical plant can be grown anywhere in The Sunshine State, the nutrient-rich muck fields of South Florida and Lake Okeechobee are the most desirable spots for growing the sun-loving cane. AgAmerica’s Regional Account Manager, Chuck Cruse, discusses this unique soil type, nicknamed “black gold,” and the steps farmers are taking to replicate it, below.Read More


Florida’s Agricultural Industry Going Strong

Things are looking up for Florida agricultural according to a recent study conducted by the UF’s Food and Resource Economics Department. Combining agricultural, natural resources, and associated food industries, the state brought in an impressive $104 billion in 2011 according to this economic study. Since then, Florida’s agricultural impact has only continued to increase and strengthen.

Which industries are responsible for this positive impact?

Agricultural industries including crop, livestock, forestry, and fisheries production; agricultural product and service providers; food product manufacturing; forest product manufacturing; food distribution; mining; and nature-based recreation are all responsible for Florida’s agricultural turn around.

What’s more, this economic contribution from Florida’s agricultural industries is greatly fueling the job sector. Approximately 2 million full-time and part-time employees in the agricultural sector were accounted for in 2011. This number accounted for 20% of all jobs in Florida state. From 2010 to 2011, the number of employment opportunities in the Florida state agricultural industry increased by 4.4% – a promising increase.

This study paints an overall promising picture of what’s currently going on in Florida’s agricultural and economic climate. All signs point to an effective recovery from the 2008 recession (a very low point) and the continuation of agricultural growth and strength.

Now that Florida’s agricultural industries are once again stable and expanding strong, it follows that now is a good economic climate to tap into the industry, especially the industries that are really generating a positive impact (see above).

If you are interested in purchasing or re-financing agricultural land in Florida, contact Bankers South Lending & Financing for information on our variety of farm loans and agricultural financing options. We want to support your Florida-based agricultural operation and facilitate its continued growth and success.


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