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Women in Ag Grow Their Presence on Farms & Ranches Across the U.S.

The Growing Presence of Women in Ag

Find out why more women than ever before are embarking on careers in agriculture and learn more about the strong support systems available to women in ag.

In 2015, women represented 38 percent of about 300,000 people involved in making decisions for the farms that sold food directly to consumers, retailers, institutions and local food intermediaries. According to the New York Times, women are also reclaiming major roles on ranches – a trend that’s largely due to ranching evolving into a well-rounded industry focused on business, animal husbandry, and the environment rather than just physical strength.Read More

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Florida Strawberries Dominate the U.S. Marketplace in the Winter

A Brief History of Florida’s Winter Strawberry Production

Learn more about Florida’s thriving strawberry industry and find out why the state’s Plant City is known as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World

Florida is the No. 2 state when it comes to strawberry production, coming in behind California – and the Sunshine State’s strawberry industry is only growing stronger and more successful.

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Top Farming Equipment and Tools to Embrace in 2019

Discover the latest and greatest in ag tools, technology, and equipment and learn more about how they can serve you and your farm.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to consider the sector’s newest tools and equipment, many of which use the latest technology and are designed to make your operation more efficient, increasing productivity and profitability. Read on for more information about the top five ag tools to keep an eye on in 2019 and how they might enhance your operation.

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Items to Consider When Diversifying Your Ag Operation

Diversifying Your Farm When Starting A New Ag Venture

Find out how diversifying your farm can benefit your bottom line and discover the steps to take when embarking on a new ag venture.

Many farmers look to diversification when searching for ways to boost their revenue and/or continue to remain economically viable, especially those who are engaged in only one enterprise. Diversification can provide farmers not only a higher earning potential, but also reduce risks, such as low crop production.

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What’s Ahead in the Agriculture Industry for 2019

Emerging Agricultural Trends in 2019

As 2019 crops up, let’s reflect on the past year in agriculture and what is to come in 2019.

This past year, the agriculture industry was affected by significant changes that occurred in government such as, the United States (U.S.) entering into a trade war with China, Mexico, and Canada – placing tariffs on various exports – and the Farm Bill expiring on September 30, 2018.

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4 Key Business Relationships to Have in Your Inner Crop Circle

How To Help Your Farm Thrive in 2019

Find out how working with trusted ag lenders, crop consultants, insurance agents and attorneys can help your farm thrive.

Running a modern agricultural operation requires a diverse range of skills, including, but not limited to crop planting and management, soil fertility maintenance, financial planning and business expertise, sales and marketing know-how, and preparing for an uncertain future.

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What to Consider When Purchasing Farm Equipment and Machinery

Investing in farm equipment & machinery

Here are a few things to keep in mind when investing in new equipment for your farming operation.

Although they’re often necessary, it’s no secret that new farm equipment and machinery purchases are typically costly – but according to retired economist William Edwards, making smart decisions when it comes to acquisition, trading, and how much capacity to invest in can reduce machinery costs as much as $50 per acre.

In this article, we discuss a breakdown of farm machinery and equipment costs and whether or not those purchases will truly serve you and your operation.Read More

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Key Farm and Ranch Metrics to Measure and Analyze

Learn more about the metrics that matter in farming and ranching businesses.

Without clear metrics, it’s close to impossible to determine if your farm or ranch is thriving, floundering, or falling somewhere in between, but it can be tricky to determine exactly what those metrics should be as well as how to analyze them.

If you’re looking for tips on how to best measure your agricultural operation’s progress, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading, and grab paper and a pen – you’re going to want to take notes.Read More

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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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