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 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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