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 Accelerated Program: Securing Capital Fast

How to Quickly Access Working Capital with AgAmerica’s Accelerated 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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(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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