Cultivating Leaders in Agriculture

Celebrating National FFA Week with Pat Spinosa, Director of Business Development at AgAmerica Lending.

As a fifth-generation citrus and cattle farmer in the heart of Florida, Pat Spinosa has been surrounded by agriculture his entire life. He is a deeply respected member of the Florida agricultural community and is an advocate for the Forward Forestry Program, the Florida FFA Foundation, and the Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Rancher Program. 

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Investing in Permanent Crop Farmland

The advantages and risks to your farming operation are largely dependent on the crops that you decide to grow.

Permanent crops—also known as “perennials”—are a category of agricultural products that have grown in popularity over the past few decades. As more consumers embrace healthier lifestyles, perennials like citrus and nuts have seen an increase in retail sales and demand.

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How Immigration Reform Affects Farm Labor

Three-quarters of the U.S. farm labor workforce are immigrants.

American agriculture needs nearly two million hired workers to keep up with production, according to a study by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Farmers and their employees have worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our food supply chain remains intact. The majority of the essential workers who help farmers achieve this endeavor are not U.S. citizens, meaning agriculture is particularly sensitive to immigration policy and changes with reform.

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2020 Year in Review: Top Five Events for U.S. Agriculture

Looking back on the trials and triumphs of 2020.

The start of this decade has been an eventful one, abundant with unforeseen moments unlike anything we’ve experienced together as a nation before—a global pandemic combined with an abnormal amount of severe weather events and topped off with an influential presidential election that will set us up for the road ahead in 2021.
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Balancing Agricultural Supply and Demand

Why is supply and demand management important and how does it impact farm profits?

Imagine a food system that balances the needs of everyone including farmers, workers, processors, distributors, and retailers while providing nutritious and affordable food for every community. This concept is ambitious, but it isn’t out of our reach. It begins with an open discussion on legislative and trade reform that prioritizes the establishment of a stable and resilient family farm economy while continuing to meet the needs of consumers all over the world.

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Benefits of On-Farm Crop Storage

U.S. crop production is growing and farm storage needs to grow with it.

Crop storage is a perpetual balancing act each year for American farmers and 2020 is no exception. The importance of a strong and resilient domestic food supply is at the forefront of this year with on-farm crop storage a vital component of its fruition.

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Managing Farm Stress in a Hazy Economy

How is COVID-19 affecting the mental wellbeing of American farmers and ranchers?

October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, while 2020 marks a year where our collective mental health has taken a vehement beating. As a particularly arduous industry both physically and mentally, farmer and rancher mental health has been hit especially hard this year.Read More

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2020 Fall Harvesting Season: Agritourism and COVID-19

Fall harvest season comes with a new set of challenges this year for U.S. agriculture.

The season of festivals and sweater weather is upon us, but annual fall events in 2020 will likely look considerably different than years prior. This year, there may still be pumpkin patches and family gatherings but with it will also come masks, hand sanitizer, and frequent temperature checks.Read More

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