AgAmerica to take part in Conference for Young Farmers and Ranchers

Annual Florida Farm Bureau gathering seeks to help get younger agriculture industry professionals ‘rooted in agriculture’

This year, the Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference will be held July 13-15 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine. The conference will offer more breakout sessions and opportunities to learn about how topics affect agriculture enterprises, the Florida Farm Bureau reports. The theme this year is “Rooted in Agriculture,” which speaks to the greater concern of getting more younger professionals, ages 18-35, involved in the agriculture industry.Read More

Women’s History Month, Women Leaders in Ag, and an Upcoming Conference

Explore women leaders in ag this Women’s History Month.

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s an opportune time to examine the growing role of women leaders in ag. Women have always played a significant role in agriculture, but those roles have not been as emphasized as they should have been. Today, women are stepping into leadership roles like never before and helping the ag industry to achieve more. Explore the start of Women’s History Month and the advancement of women in agriculture, below.Read More

National Ag Day – Supporting the American Farmer

Find ways to support the American farmer this National Ag Day.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed different options for supporting your local farming community on National Ag Day and all year. March 20th is National Ag Day, and according to the Agriculture Council of America, it’s a time to “to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.” Learn more about National Ag Day and ways you can support the American farmer, below.Read More

Conclusions on America’s Diverse Family Farming Traditions

Don Harden shares the numbers and trends of family farming traditions. 

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I shared the facts and figures found in America’s Diverse Family Farms, 2017 Edition. It’s a publication from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) examining the family farming traditions we all hold so dear. As I explained in my column, the report seeks to better understand conditions within our diverse farming sector through classifying farms by factors like annual revenue and ownership rather than by U.S. averages. In case you missed it, we’ll discuss the top five takeaways concerning family farming traditions here.Read More

Don Harden Talks History and AgriFacts in Florida Forestry

Explore the economic contributions of the Florida forestry industry.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed the impressive contributions of the Florida forestry industry to the state’s economy. The U.S. forestry industry took a hit with the collapse of the housing industry in 2008, but the Florida forestry industry has bounced back in a big way. The statistics to prove it are found in the report: Economic Contributions of the Forest Industry and Forest-based Recreation in Florida in 2016, released by UF/IFAS. I have a lot of experience in land purchasing and forestry management, so I was pleased to read about the industry’s rebound and continued growth in Florida. See highlights from the report below so you can toot the Florida forestry industry’s horn, too.Read More

Commodity Focus: Growing Cranberries

Explore who is growing cranberries in the U.S., and more.

Chances are, cranberries are a part of your holiday celebrations. A substantial chunk of the U.S.’s cranberry supply—20 percent, according to a Modern Farmer article—is sold in the week leading up to Thanksgiving and the berry’s appeal lasts through the holidays and beyond. Find out which regions are growing cranberries, the state of the cranberry industry, and suggestions for using the healthful, tart berry for both the holidays and year-round.
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Meet Our Relationship Manager, Rachel Cashdollar

Relationship Manager with AgAmericaRachel Cashdollar

Learn How One of Our Team Members Went from Growing Christmas Trees to Nurturing Financial Solutions

Rachel Cashdollar is a Relationship Manager with AgAmerica, and she knows her way around a farm. She was raised in Pennsylvania where her family devotes their agribusiness to growing Christmas trees. The tree farm was started in 1998 by her father because it was important to him that every family be able to afford the tradition of having a real Christmas tree. So Cashdollar Farm and Nursery was born, with the mission of “making it possible for every family to have an affordable tree.” The tree farm has since become a beloved part of many families’ holiday traditions, with customers returning year after year to enjoy excellent service and reasonable prices.
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AgAmerica Eats: Kid-Approved Desserts for the Holidays

Find kid-approved desserts to make with your little loved ones this holiday season.

The holiday season means the kids are out of school for winter break, and it’s the perfect time to get into the kitchen and whip up some kid-approved desserts together. We’ve rounded up some delicious recipes that would make a sugar-plum fairy proud. Try one of these kid-approved desserts this holiday season.
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Don Harden Column: Precision Ag and Technology

Explore the details of precision ag and technology, especially when it comes to the financial savings.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed precision ag and technology. Truly, you’d be hard-pressed to work in ag and not have heard of precision agriculture. It’s a topic that is all over ag news, from the latest piece of technology to a review of the benefits of precision ag. One benefit that is always mentioned is the potential for savings and increased profits. However, you might wonder exactly what those look like. The exact savings and profits that precision ag and technology might deliver will depend upon your operation, your crop, and the precision ag tech you’re using, but I will share some general numbers from research AgAmerica collected for a report on precision ag. See the details below.
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