At the recent Sun Belt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, we really enjoyed coming out and meeting a lot of great people in the agriculture industry. We also had the pleasure of sponsoring New York Times best-selling author, Forrest Pritchard as well as a group of talented Florida whip crackers at the expo! In this special photo blog, take a look at some of our favorite AgAmerica moments from the show.
AgAmerica Lending loved showing off some local talent at this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo. We brought some of our own ag heritage with a group of whip crackers; it’s a rodeo art that involves the use of one or two whips to perform routines, make rhythms with the whip cracks and perform stunts like popping balloons and snuffing out candles. It arose out of Florida’s beef cattle industry, whereby Florida cattlemen would use whips to herd beef cattle on drives across the state. It’s a proud part of the Florida agriculture heritage.
They say that competition makes you faster, but collaboration makes you better. Such is the case between whip cracking champions Cameron Cato and Ryan Waldman. Whip cracking is a pretty small world no matter where you are, and it didn’t take long before these two young men—only a year apart in age—met each other in competition. They’ll both be performing on stage at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA this October 20-22. There are many similarities between the two, but the biggest is the fact that meeting each other—and other whip crackers—has only made them better.
The Sun Belt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia is fast approaching, and AgAmerica Lending is pleased to sponsor a bit of our own agriculture roots with a team of local whip crackers. Here in the heart of Central Florida, whip cracking is to Florida agriculture what the rodeo is to the West, so it’s exciting to bring this tradition to a national stage.