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


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


Top 10 Documents Needed to Apply for a Land Loan

Know what documents you should have ready when you apply for a land loan.

The process of applying for a land loan has the unfortunate reputation of being a procedure that will test your patience and sanity, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As the land loan experts, we make every effort to simplify the process, but there are some steps you can take, too, when you apply for a land loan to help the process run more smoothly. One option is to have all the paperwork land loan lenders will want ready when you apply for a loan. Review the top 10 documents you’ll need when applying for a land loan.Read More


Florida Horse Farming and the Kentucky Derby

Florida offers more beyond Disney and sunny beaches: every year, thoroughbred horses head to the Kentucky Derby from Ocala, the Florida horse farming capital.

When you think of thoroughbred horse heaven, you likely think somewhere near the Kentucky Derby, but America’s Thoroughbred Capital is much farther south than you think, according to an AgAmerica article on Florida horse farms. Read a synopsis of the horse farming that goes on in Ocala, Florida, thoroughbred horse heaven, below.Read More


AgAmerica Talks Sweet Corn Varieties and the Sweet Corn Fiesta

AgAmerica examines sweet corn varieties, a favorite summer treat, in anticipation of The Sweet Corn Fiesta at the end of April.

Last November, we wrote about the different types of corn grown in the Southeast, one of the largest crops in the U.S. In anticipation of The Sweet Corn Fiesta April 30th in West Palm Beach, FL, we’re exploring the different sweet corn varieties that are likely to accentuate your family dinner table and complement your backyard barbecues this summer and beyond.Read More


AgAmerica Cares: Supporting the Arbor Day Foundation

AgAmerica celebrates the wonder of trees this Arbor Day by once again supporting an important Arbor Day Foundation undertaking: the reforestation of native habitats.

National Arbor Day is April 28th, and it’s a day to celebrate the importance of trees. Arbor Day is implemented by the Arbor Day Foundation, and it has been celebrated since the late 1800s. See how AgAmerica marks the day by supporting the efforts of the Arbor Day Foundation, and how you can help too.Read More


Earth Day and Ag: Conserving the Farming Tradition, the Earth, and the Wildlife in It

Take a look at the role of agriculture in conservation this Earth Day, and see how a conservation easement loan fits in.

Earth Day—April 22nd—started as a national day to focus on the environment, and for those in agriculture, every day has been a good day to focus on land conservation. Farmers and ranchers have long acted as stewards of the land, protecting the natural resources that sustain their agricultural ends. This Earth Day is a good one for all “agvocates” to let others know what steps their ag operations undertake on a daily basis and spread the word on sustainable agriculture practices. Learn about a few of the environmental “best practices” those in the agriculture industry follow, and consider a conservation easement loan.Read More


Florida Tomato Grower Recognized for Sustainable Tomato Farming

One Florida tomato grower was awarded the coveted 4R Advocate Award for sustainable tomato farming.

We’re proud to toot the Florida ag industry’s horn with the announcement that tomato grower Gary Reeder, and his colleagues at the tomato operation West Coast Tomato, were awarded the 4R Advocate Award by The Fertilizer Institute. As only the second Florida recipient of the award in its history, Reeder was recognized for his sustainable tomato farming practices concerning fertilizer use. Find out what the 4R Advocate Award is all about, and what about Reeder’s sustainable tomato production earned him the prestigious award.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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