Best Cover Crops for Each U.S. Region

What are cover crops and how can they benefit your ag operation?

Plants are considered cover crops when they are used to protect and replenish soil. Cover cropping systems have been around for decades but have grown in popularity as more research is done regarding its many benefits. Further research has also reiterated the importance of taking regional differences into consideration during the implementation process.

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Key Agricultural Policy Issues for 2020 Election

What issues matter most this year for American farmers and where does each administration stand?

Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe the 2020 presidential election will be the most important election in their lifetime, according to a recent poll. This year’s election is shaping up to be one of the most historic elections in U.S. history and agriculture is central to many key issues.Read More

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Financial Incentives for Regenerative Agricultural Practices

Understanding the growing importance of sustainable farming for the U.S. ag industry.

Sustainability is a buzzword increasingly thrown around in the world of agriculture. The topic of sustainable agriculture is multifaceted, broad, and rich with varying perspectives. The implementation of sustainable methods usually comes with a high initial cost for farmers and ranchers but can pay off tenfold by reducing operational expenses, creating additional revenue opportunities, and reversing the consequences of a changing climate. Fortunately, more resources are being created each year to support the sustainable future for U.S. agriculture.

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Specialty Crop Farmers and the Growing Farm Labor Shortage

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified an existing challenge in the agricultural community.

Farm labor shortage was a prevalent topic for U.S. agriculture in a pre-pandemic world as securing adequate labor is an essential part of the industry. COVID-19 exacerbated farm labor shortages that already existed within U.S. agriculture and highlighted which sectors are most vulnerable within the U.S. domestic food supply system.

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U.S. Agricultural Global Trade Update and 2021 Outlook

The current state of the global food and agricultural trade economy.

Since Phase One of the U.S.-China trade agreement was passed at the start of 2020, quite a bit has happened in the world. The accelerated progression of current events this year makes it challenging to stay on top of the latest news for U.S. agriculture—but particularly challenging to stay informed on the varying agricultural trade agreements and the progress that has been made for U.S. ag exports.

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How Farm Finances Have Changed in 2020

Shifts in the Economic Landscape and Farmer Sentiment

At the start of 2020, sentiment among American farmers was generally optimistic. The first phase of the U.S.-China trade agreement was underway with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement right behind it. Farmer sentiment reached a record high in February and Secretary Perdue stated that Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments would likely not be needed this year.

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The Accelerate Program: Securing Capital Fast

How to Quickly Access Working Capital with AgAmerica’s Accelerate Loan Program

In 2018, AgAmerica conducted an in-depth consumer insights study with the help of an experience design firm. We performed this analysis in order to better understand the financial needs of the farmers and ranchers we proudly serve. Through this study, AgAmerica found that the most used words by farmers to describe the lending process indicated a general unease when it came to obtaining financing for their operation.

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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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