A Look at the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference

Explore the details of the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference.

Florida’s agriculture industry offers complex financial and business challenges that must be overcome for success.  Providing the tools and strategies to overcome those challenges is the focus of The Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (FAFMC). Set for November 2nd and 3rd, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the conference “addresses key financial issues growers and producers face,” according to the FAFMC website. Explore the who, the what, and the why of the 7th annual Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference, below.Read More


It’s Halloween! A Word on the Pumpkin Commodity and Growing Pumpkins

Get the inside scoop on what parts of the country are growing pumpkins, everybody’s favorite squash for Halloween.

Pumpkins are a major part of both autumn and Halloween to the point that they are symbolic of both the season and the holiday. Have you ever wondered which states are growing pumpkins for Halloween while carving a Jack O’Lantern or pondered where the pumpkin in your Thanksgiving pie comes from? Explore the answers and other facts about the darling of the Cucurbita genus, the pumpkin.Read More


Solar and Wind Farms: Ag’s Investment in Renewable Energy

Solar and wind farms create environmental and financial benefits for America’s farmers.

This month we examined solar and wind farms, and how, as the planet’s original environmentalists, farmers are often on the cutting edge of management best practices that help their businesses and the earth. In recent years, the push for clean and renewable energy has become stronger, and some farmers have responded with solar and wind farms that help power their operations by harnessing the earth’s renewable resources. This has offered additional benefits. In doing so, they’ve found not only a more efficient way to produce power while helping the environment, but also another added benefit – a steady source of income. Explore the ins and outs of solar and wind farms for your ag operation, below.Read More


Trade Show Roundup: March Cattle Trade Shows

March offers cattle trade shows in three different states across the South.

Cattlemen and cattlewomen in three different southern states have cattle trade shows marked on their calendars for the month of March. Such shows and conventions offer those in the cattle industry the opportunity to learn, delegate and network with industry peers. Get the details on the three different cattle trade shows below.Read More


Don Harden on University-Level Ag Education Programs

AgAmerica’s Don Harden discusses university-level ag education programs in Florida.

In my March column in Central Florida Ag News, I wrote about the great ag education programs in Florida at the college and university level, and the fact that many of them offer FFA and 4-H programs. See examples and the benefits of these programs below.Read More


Brian Philpot Instructs and Learns as Guest Lecturer at Texas A&M

AgAmerica Lending President Brian Philpot is set to guest lecture at Texas A&M this March 9th.

Agriculture education has never been more important with the world’s population growing and the average age of America’s principal farm operators moving closer towards retirement. Sharing knowledge of agriculture and related financial topics has long been a focus of Texas A&M’s John Penson, the Agricultural Economics professor who invited AgAmerica Lending President Brian Philpot to share his knowledge as a Texas A&M guest lecturer on March 9th.

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Ag Trade Shows Roundup: Agriculture Events You Don’t Want to Miss

The month of February is another prime time for ag trade shows.

The winter months are a popular time to hold ag trade shows as most ag sectors are in-between the end of last season and the beginning of the upcoming season. No matter where an ag trade show is held, it’s guaranteed to offer value to attendees in terms of educational sessions with industry experts, industry updates and opportunities for networking with industry peers. Explore the ag trade shows being held in February below.Read More


The role of FFA and 4-H in helping pass on the family farm tradition

Explore how ag programs like FFA and 4-H help pass along the family farm tradition.

There’s a misconception going on about agriculture in this country. Many consumers believe that the industry has been taken over by corporations running “factory farms.” The truth of the matter is that farms and ranches in the U.S. overwhelmingly maintain the family farm tradition. The 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture showed that 97 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S. are family-owned and operated. It also revealed that the average age of principal operators is 58.3 years old, meaning a large majority of those who run America’s family farms are likely to consider retirement soon. They’ll need someone to step into the role of principal operator. This is where programs like FFA and 4-H help to pass on the tradition of the family farm.Read More


Ag and Farm Shows: Your January Trade Show Roundup

Get the details on the ag and farm shows going on in January; it’s a good time to be in the ag industry.

January is a big month for holding ag and farm shows because many in the ag industry have a window of time between last year’s harvest and this year’s preparations for planting. It’s a time where the country’s farmers make repairs, straighten out paperwork, study the past, and prepare for the future— and go to meetings. The slew of ag and farm shows in January are just part of the different meetings, educational seminars, and events farmers attend to improve their agribusinesses. See a summary of January’s major shows, meetings, and seminars in the Southeast below.Read More


A look at the Southeast Corn Varieties

There are many crops grown in the southern region of the United States; take a look at Southeast corn varieties.

Corn is a favorite vegetable, but the corn gracing American tables isn’t the only variety of corn grown. A lot of corn comes out of the Southeast, and it’s used for a variety of purposes, including playing center stage at barbecues, cookouts, and family dinners. Read about all the Southeast corn varieties below.Read More


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