How is COVID-19 Affecting the Agricultural Industry?

The COVID-19 pandemic is slowing global agricultural trade while also driving interest rates down.

In these uncertain times, navigating the challenges that have a lasting impact on your operation can be difficult. While much of the world is slowing down and responding to COVID-19 (coronavirus), farmers and ranchers continue to work, ensuring our nation’s food security.

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(Infographic) The U.S. Farm Labor Shortage

The impact of the farm labor shortage on U.S. agriculture.

As of 2016, hired farm workers made up 35.3 percent of the total hours worked on a farming operation, second only to the principal operator. These workers perform essential daily tasks needed to keep a successful farm running, such as caring for livestock, working in the fields, and maintaining farm machinery. As the population of farm labor continues to decline, primary operators are feeling the pressure to find alternative solutions to keep up with production for the growing demand of fresh produce.

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Year in Review: Agriculture in 2019

Taking a look back at the changes that took place in the ag industry during 2019.

2019 has been quite a year in the world of agriculture. The 2018 Farm Bill and tariff trade wars have farmers and ranchers asking lots of questions. Below are some of the highlights in agricultural commodities, government legislation, and finances for 2019, as well as what to expect in 2020.

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The H-2A Temporary Agriculture Workers Program Offers Interim Relief for Labor Shortage

Understand the benefits and drawbacks of the H-2A visa program.

Farmers across the nation are facing an industry-wide challenge: labor shortage. The gap between available farming jobs and a willing workforce continues to widen. The average ratio of available farm jobs for every applicant is 2:1, and in California, it’s 4:1. Simply put, the agriculture industry needs more workers to adequately fill their operational needs.Read More

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Military Veterans Grow Successful Careers in U.S. Agriculture Industry

Find out what makes agriculture a perfect fit for many of our nation’s veterans and learn more about the organizations and programs supporting them.

On this Memorial Day, AgAmerica Lending would like to show our respect and appreciation for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We thank the courageous individuals who have served or are actively serving in the military, as well as their devoted families. We would also like to recognize the organizations and not-for-profits that support our veterans.

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5 Sustainable Farming and Land Use Practices

Discover key sustainable farming and agricultural practices that may result in benefits to both the environment and your bottom line.

‘Sustainability’ has become a buzzword in the agriculture industry, and for good reason.

In short, the goal of sustainable agriculture is to meet society’s current food and textile needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Practitioners of sustainable agriculture typically seek to integrate three main objectives into their work: a healthy environment, economic profitability, and social and economic equity.

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What’s Ahead in the Agriculture Industry for 2019

Emerging Agricultural Trends in 2019

As 2019 crops up, let’s reflect on the past year in agriculture and what is to come in 2019.

This past year, the agriculture industry was affected by significant changes that occurred in government such as, the United States (U.S.) entering into a trade war with China, Mexico, and Canada – placing tariffs on various exports – and the Farm Bill expiring on September 30, 2018.

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Recap of 2018 Events Impacting the Agriculture Industry

Reflecting Back on Critical Events, Legislation, and More

As 2018 comes to a close, we are taking the time to reflect on what has been an eventful year for the agricultural industry. From tariffs and legislation impacting commodity prices, to natural disasters and technological advancements in farming, 2018 has impacted the ag industry for years to come. In this article, we discuss these events and their outcomes.Read More

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Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo Upcoming

AgAmerica to Attend the Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo in North Carolina

On December 14-15, the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association will host its 33rd Annual Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The conference will feature educational sessions discussing topics such as, pickling cucumber production, sweet potato production, tomato & pepper production, seedless watermelon, food safety, and more.Read More

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