Power of 10: US Nut Industry

Explore one of the most popular and fastest-growing commodities in the country: nuts.

‘Tis the season for “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” but there’d be no idyllic holiday hearth-centered scene without chestnuts and the entire nut industry. Nuts are one of the fastest-growing sectors, and we can’t seem to get enough of them. Nuts are flavorful and good for cooking in dishes ranging from breakfast to dessert. Additionally, nuts pack a healthy punch, making them a snack food of choice for Health Nuts, pun intended! Read about the top 10 nuts in the U.S., and where they’re grown, below.

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2017 Ag Census

It’s that time again…time for the Ag Census!

If you’re in agriculture, a 2017 Ag Census is hitting your mailbox this month, if it hasn’t already. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began mailing questionnaires the last week in November, and they are meant to collect data about the nation’s farms and ranches. The USDA reports they are sending out over 3 million Ag Census questionnaires for those in the ag industry to be counted and tell their stories. Find out more on the 2017 Ag Census below.
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Growing the Latest Crops: Millennial Farmers

Read how millennial farmers are changing the face of agriculture.

Today’s consumer wants to know where their food is coming from, and they would rather get their food from a small, family farm than a large “factory” farm. Farmers are proud of being the third or fourth generation to work the land, but the data shows that the average age of farmers is getting older and older, especially when looking at principal operators. However, those family farms often require multiple generations to keep them running so we can’t discount the impact of millennial farmers. Millennial farmers are those who are 34 and under, and they are changing the face of agriculture, for good. Explore millennial farmers in agriculture below, and see why, despite the bad press millennials receive, they have the traits of great farmers.
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NCVGA Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo

With a focus on North Carolina vegetables, the North Carolina Vegetable Growers’ Association’s Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo is the perfect pick.

If you’re in North Carolina vegetables or fruits, then it’s likely that the end of November will see you at the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo, hosted by the North Carolina Vegetable Growers’ Association (NCVGA). The event includes both the Expo and a Trade Show. Slated for November 27th through the 29th in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the event is jam-packed with informational sessions, expert speakers, and networking opportunities. Keeping up with industry trends and learning new ways we can help fruit and vegetable growers in NC is important to AgAmerica’s Correspondent Lender for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, Cameron Flowers;he will be in attendance and looks forward to meeting you at the AgAmerica Lending booth. Explore the offerings of the NCVGA Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo below.
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Support Small Farms on Small Business Saturday

Explore the Origins of Small Business Saturday and Ways You Can Support Local Small Farms While You’re Out and About this Holiday Weekend

The holiday season is a time of giving, and it’s also a time of buying. In 2010, a concept emerged from among the hype of Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales: Small Business Saturday. Started as a promotion by a credit card company, American Express, the concept has grown by leaps and bounds, and even to small farms. The idea is simple: on the Saturday after Black Friday, make sure to shop at local businesses to support the owners and your local economy. Small farms that have a shop connected with their operation are great places to visit and spend money on Small Business Saturday to ensure your holiday spending is local and in support of agriculture. See what three different small farms are doing below, and plan to visit a small farm business on Small Business Saturday.
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Recipes for Thanksgiving that Remind us to Thank a Farmer

These Thanksgiving recipes will make your meal and remind you to thank a farmer.

Farmers provide the ingredients and materials that feed, clothe, and house the country, but it’s definitely the wide array of food crops that go into making our favorite dishes that will prompt you to thank a farmer. This is especially true during Thanksgiving, where the day of feasting makes food-based commodities the star of the show. Find three Thanksgiving side dish recipes below that will have you and your guests wanting to thank a farmer for providing the quality ingredients that went into making such culinary masterpieces.Read More

Adara Richter, Executive Assistant and Community Events Guru

Meet Executive Assistant, Adara Richter

The orchestrator of AgAmerica’s community events and corporate giving campaigns.

When a company is greater than the sum of all its parts, it’s employees like Executive Assistant Adara Richter who work behind the scenes to help the company shine. She joined the AgAmerica team seven months ago as the Executive Assistant to President/CEO Brian Philpot and Vice President Mac Miller. Since then, she has taken on additional duties as well, stepping into the investor and business partner liaison role and heading community events like the company’s recent United Way Campaign. Explore her background, and her thoughts on working at AgAmerica, below.Read More

American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference

Some of our outstanding AgAmerica Lending team members are heading to the National Agricultural Bankers Conference this November 12th-15th.

AgAmerica’s President/CEO Brian Philpot, Vice President Mac Miller, and Chief Lending Officer Colin Clyne will be heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 12th through the 15th to attend the National Agricultural Bankers Conference. It’s hosted by the American Bankers Association (ABA), in cooperation with the Wisconsin Bankers Association. The ABA Conference will address topics like managing risk, the economic outlook, and strategies for succeeding in an evolving ag market. See details of the National Agricultural Bankers Conference below.

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What AgAmerica is Giving Thanks for in 2017

Read the top 10 reasons why the AgAmerica team is giving thanks this year.

It’s the season of giving thanks, and we at AgAmerica Lending have so much to be thankful for. We’re thankful that we get to live in such a great country, and that we get to work day in and day out helping some of the finest people in that country: those who feed, clothe, and supply America. We’re grateful for how much our company has grown and expanded, giving us the opportunity to better serve the agriculture industry in all corners of the country.

Our employees have many reasons for giving thanks as well. From family to friends and coworkers to borrowers, we wanted to share 10 things our employees are thankful for.

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Employee Highlight: Courtney Eelman- Ag Lending Done Right

With AgAmerica Lending’s new Chief Credit Officer, Courtney Eelman, you’ll always get what’s right, not what is easy.

Ag lending, like the ag industry itself, is a sector that is unique from all others. It also requires unique knowledge and experience to both be successful and do what’s right for the client. That need for experience and know-how is evident in AgAmerica’s Chief Credit Officer, Courtney Eelman, who works by the motto “Do what’s right, not what is easy.” With a wealth of experience and knowledge in financing ag operations, it’s a definite advantage to have her on our ag lending team. Explore her background and experience, and hear some of her bits of wisdom for those considering an agricultural loan.Read More