A Cow Whip Maker and a True Artisian

How the art of whip making can make you thankful to be in agriculture.

In my last column in Central Florida Ag News, I shared a few words belonging to my good friend KJ Smith, a cow whip maker and a true artisan. His thoughts on why he is still making cow whips after all these years made me think about how lucky we all are to be in the agriculture industry, even with all its ups and downs, and it seemed apt to share as we approach the holiday season. Read them below, and see if you agree.

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Adara Richter, Executive Assistant and Community Events Guru

Meet Executive Assistant, Adara Richter

The orchestrator of AgAmerica’s community events and corporate giving campaigns.

When a company is greater than the sum of all its parts, it’s employees like Executive Assistant Adara Richter who work behind the scenes to help the company shine. She joined the AgAmerica team seven months ago as the Executive Assistant to President/CEO Brian Philpot and Vice President Mac Miller. Since then, she has taken on additional duties as well, stepping into the investor and business partner liaison role and heading community events like the company’s recent United Way Campaign. Explore her background, and her thoughts on working at AgAmerica, below.Read More


Adams Ranch Annual Bull and Heifer Auction

Get the details of the Adams Ranch Annual B&H cattle auction: the oldest, continuous cattle auction in Florida.

Cattle ranching has deep roots in Florida. The first cattle to step foot in the sandy soils of The Sunshine State did so alongside Spaniard Ponce de Leon in the 1500s, making Florida the oldest cattle state in the country. Adams Ranch honors that legacy with their Annual Bull and Heifer Auction, Florida’s oldest continuous ranch cattle auction. It’s slated for November 9th, with an Annual Field Day on the 8th. See the details of the event below, and make plans to say hello to the AgAmerica team if you plan on going in person.

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AgAmerica Eats: Up Your Game with Wild Game and Hunting Recipes

Find some great recipes featuring the game you’ve hunted.

Fall is prime hunting season, and your success will mean you’ll need a recipe or two to go along with your game. Wild game recipes need to hit just the right notes, as meat from wild animals has a different flavor from domesticated animals, which is referred to as ‘gamey.’ Generally, good game meat recipes are those with a lot of other strong flavors that can match the natural flavors of the meat. Find three tried-and-true wild game recipes below that are sure to cap off a successful hunt, below.Read More


Employee Highlight: Courtney Eelman- Ag Lending Done Right

With AgAmerica Lending’s new Chief Credit Officer, Courtney Eelman, you’ll always get what’s right, not what is easy.

Ag lending, like the ag industry itself, is a sector that is unique from all others. It also requires unique knowledge and experience to both be successful and do what’s right for the client. That need for experience and know-how is evident in AgAmerica’s Chief Credit Officer, Courtney Eelman, who works by the motto “Do what’s right, not what is easy.” With a wealth of experience and knowledge in financing ag operations, it’s a definite advantage to have her on our ag lending team. Explore her background and experience, and hear some of her bits of wisdom for those considering an agricultural loan.Read More


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


Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Get the details of the 2017 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at the end of October.

If you’re in agriculture in Florida, you’re likely headed to the 2017 Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Hosted by the Florida Farm Bureau for members, the meeting is “the time when our voting delegates discuss and approve policy resolutions submitted by county Farm Bureaus statewide.” In this way, all the individuals in Florida’s agricultural community who are a part of the Florida Farm Bureau can have their voice heard. As your industry partner, AgAmerica Lending will be attending to keep up on current trends in agriculture and ensure we understand, and continue meeting, the evolving needs of today’s farmers. Scheduled for October 30th to November 1st, the annual meeting is being held at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach. Make sure to meet up with Relationship Manager Patrick Spinosa at the AgAmerica-sponsored Welcome Reception October 30th

Take a look at the agenda for the event below.
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Don Harden Talks Florida Lemons

Explore the niche industry of Florida lemons.

As more details are coming out regarding the full effect of Hurricane Irma on Florida agriculture, most eyes are turned to the first release of the monthly Citrus Forecast in October. It focuses on citrus like oranges and grapefruit, but Florida lemons will not be as great of a concern to most of The Sunshine State’s citrus industry. As I shared in my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, the commercial lemon industry in Florida is a very niche industry, so it’s not as prevalent as other forms of citrus. See the reasons why Florida lemons are such a rarity below, and what it takes to grow a lemon tree in The Sunshine State.
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Florida Ranch Rodeo

If there’s one thing people in the ag industry can agree on, it’s that the rodeo is a good time for all.

The State Ranch Rodeo Finals are September 29th and 30th, and we are proud to be the sponsor for this important event. As a perennial favorite with people from all sectors of the ag industry, the rodeo is a great way to celebrate the heritage of the ranching way of life by exhibiting the necessary skills: riding, roping, and more. Catch a sneak peak of the event below, and then mark your calendars to attend!
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Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting/ Florida Timber Commodity

See the details of The Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting, and some statistics on Florida’s forest industry.

If you’re in the Florida timber industry, chances are you’re heading over to the Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting in Sandestin, Florida, at the end of August. Slated for Tuesday, August 29th through Thursday, August 31st, the event will give those in the timber business in Florida the chance to get together, see the latest innovations at the coinciding trade show, and examine important industry topics. Get a sneak peek at what this year’s Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting will include, as well as take a look at Florida’s timber industry, below.
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