How to Create a Long-Term Business Plan for Your Farm or Ranch

Discover the steps to writing a business plan designed to help you reach even the loftiest of goals.

Whether you’re launching a farming or ranching business or interested in taking your existing operation to the next level, it’s smart to create a long-term business plan to ensure you’re on the right track – after all, if you do it right, your business plan will be your roadmap to where you want to go.

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Cattle Ranches for Sale: Know the Details of Rent Vs. Own

Explore the benefits of owning ranch land over renting.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I shared all the reasons why it’s a good idea to look at cattle ranches for sale and do more than just dream. Since large tracts of ranch land are one of the biggest requirements for a cattle operation, you have to have plenty of land whether you use ranch land for lease or you buy your own. The rent vs. own debate is a common one, but it’s always a better idea to buy if you’re able. Those that choose to take the ‘rent’ path are missing out on some very important benefits of owning ranch land. See all the benefits of buying land over renting or leasing below.
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We’ll See You at the Georgia and South Carolina Cattlemens’ Shows

Explore the offerings at two Southeast Cattlemens’ conferences.

The early days of April are convention time in the Southeast as both the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association are holding their annual meetings. Such shows and expos are a prime time for those in the cattle industry to get together, learn, network, and celebrate their industries. AgAmerica will have team members in attendance at each show; explore below to find out what to expect at these cattle expos.Read More

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NCBA Topics: What’s on the Table for Convention and Trade Show

2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Topics

Explore the NCBA topics that will be discussed at the largest, and oldest cattle industry convention.

The cattle industry is one of the oldest ag industries in the country, and the NCBA Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is the largest, and oldest cattle industry convention. Scheduled for January 31st to February 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona, the show is full of presentations, meetings, and seminars on NCBA topics that will address the concerns and challenges of working in the cattle industry today. The AgAmerica Lending team will also be at booth #105 to discuss our cattle ranch loans with attendees. See the NCBA topics that will be front and center at the convention and trade show below.Read More

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On the AgAmerica Calendar: January Trade Shows and Conferences

See all the trade shows and conferences the AgAmerica team will be attending in January to connect with those in the ag industry.

January is a busy month for ag trade shows and conferences, and our team at AgAmerica Lending is kicking off 2018 with a commitment to connect with farmers and growers in order to provide the best service. We’ll be traveling all over the Southeast to meet with growers and producers in person. Check out where we’ll be this month, below, and then make plans to stop by and say hello!Read More

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Don Harden: The Farmers Ability to Use Drip Irrigation

Pros and Cons to Drip Irrigation

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed how irrigation is an important component of any farm. Drip irrigation is one of the most popular precision irrigation methods, and many Florida farmers are looking to utilize it on their farms. However, to make the best choice for your operation, you’ll need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation.  I explored the factors you should consider when choosing an irrigation management option, and the pros and cons of a drip system in the column. See them below from the perspective of a Florida grower interested in precision irrigation.
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Soil Management Practices Help Farmers Produce Higher Quality Cattle

Increasing soil management can lead to healthier livestock and more fertile ground.

In our latest article, we looked at how soil management techniques like soil testing and soil analysis can increase soil fertility and soil quality. That healthy soil then equates to healthier forages and livestock. It’s no secret that healthy cattle require nutrient-rich pastureland on which to graze, and that’s why it’s important for farmers to have reliable soil management practices in place. After all, forage health is directly related to soil health.Read More

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Don Harden: A Look at the History of Citrus and Florida Limes

Florida limes are making a comeback in The Sunshine State.

Florida is well-known for its citrus production, and it used to be well-known for its lime fruit production, too. In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I explored the story of Florida limes, including how Florida citrus growers are giving Florida limes another shot. Limes were once so plentiful in South Florida that one of the varieties grown here was known as a Key lime because it was grown around the Florida Keys. Find out below what happened to Florida limes, and why the tart, green citrus fruit is again looking like a good crop for Florida citrus growers.Read More

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Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference

Florida agriculture’s future leaders will be at the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference this July 14th-16th.

Like most state’s ag industries, Florida’s agriculture industry needs young farmers interested in stepping into the boots of the state’s retiring farmers and ranchers. It’s one reason why the Florida Farm Bureau—like state Farm Bureaus all over the country—hosts a Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference. The Florida Farm Bureau’s YF&R Leadership Conference is slated for this July 14th-16th at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Explore the offerings of this annual event below.Read More

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A Look at Leading Florida Alternative Crops: Pomegranates

Discover a leader in Florida alternative crops: pomegranates.

Florida has a long growing season, and a lot of different crops grow well in The Sunshine State’s tropical and subtropical climate. Growers and producers are always on the lookout for Florida alternative crops, and pomegranates may just be the next big thing. Explore the potential of this leader in specialty crops, below.Read More

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