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.

Financial Risk Management Training for Farmers & Producers

The FAFMC puts a special emphasis on providing participants with the skills to evaluate the economic opportunities available to them, to identify any challenges, and to form strategies to combat those challenges. The event is backed by a USDA specialty crop block grant, and other sponsors including The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.

According to the FAFMC website, the conference should be attended by the following:

  • Farm Owners and Managers
  • Ag Lenders
  • Ag Accountants, Bookkeepers, Chief Financial Officers, and Controllers
  • Attorneys with interest in agriculture law practice
  • Anyone invested in the future of Florida Agriculture

7 Strategic Reasons Why Agricultural Producers Should Attend

The conference is geared towards finding financial solutions, networking and relationship-building, and sharing best practices. The FAFMC maintains all the reasons to attend the conference include:

  • Learn strategic financial business solutions
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Share ideas
  • CPE and CLE education
  • Meet with financially related business partners
  • Understand how your daily decisions impact the company profitability
  • Discuss the current financial market and its impact on agribusiness

Agenda Highlights of the 2017 FAFMC

The FAFMC includes a host of tours, seminars, and speakers to provide a wealth of information. Highlights of the conference include:

  • Pre-conference Farm Tours, such as tour of H&A Farms’ Blueberry Packing Facility
  • Presentations, such as the “Weather Outlook for 2018 Crop Planning,” given by Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor, Agricultural Meteorologist, Iowa State University; or the “Florida’s Economy is Changing at an Accelerated Pace.  How Can Florida Prepare for the Year 2030?”, given by Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist Florida Chamber Foundation
  • Networking Opportunities

If you’re planning on attending the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference, make sure to say hello to AgAmerica’s Senior Underwriter, David Barber, and Senior Operations Associate, Joe Schwartz. David Barber, who has attended this conference before, said, “The Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference is a great resource for information relevant to those who work daily in the ag industry as well as those who provide services to the ag industry such as financial professionals and lenders.”

He adds, “the speakers cover a wide array of topics including economics and the political environment and how they relate to agriculture. Financial professionals provide valuable information so farmers can better plan for tax events and succession. The conference is also a great place to meet others in the industry and share best practices and ideas. This year I’m looking forward to Dr. Ed Seifried’s economic outlook in a Trump economy and a discussion on the agricultural recovery from the effects of Hurricane Irma.”

Once you’ve gained an understanding of where the Florida agricultural economy is headed, contact us to see how AgAmerica’s spectrum of loan products including low interest rates, long amortizations, and a unique 10-year line of credit, can help your operation meet its financial goals.