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Apples Are a Hot Commodity Across the U.S.

Learn more about apples, including apple facts, apple harvest statistics, and how this favorite fruit can enhance Halloween celebrations

Apples are the most consumed fruit in the U.S., with the average person consuming about 28 pounds per year. As a result, it’s easy to see why apples are one of the most valuable fruit crops in the nation and why the U.S. has so many apple producers – 7,500 – who grow, on average, 240 million bushels of each year on an approximated 322,000 acres of land.Read More

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3 Tips for Buying a Ranch Farm

Learn how to mindfully approach choosing and purchasing a ranch farm

Owning a ranch farm can be a very exciting and fulfilling experience, especially for those looking to pass the ranching traditions on to the next generation. However, it’s not an investment to be taken lightly — owning a ranch comes with a lot of responsibility.Read More

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Land Loans: Fixed Interest Rate vs. Variable Interest Rate

Interest rates are rising, what does this mean for agricultural and recreational land owners?

In September, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark federal-funds rate for the third time this year, as an effort to help sustain a strong economy for the long-run. Increases to the benchmark rate affect both short-term and long-term interest rates; however, rates on short-term loans such as revolving lines of credit and operating loans are impacted the most. This is of significance to farmers and ranchers who often employ these types of loans for day-to-day operational expenses. Economists speculate the government will increase rates once more this year in December, with that in mind, now is the prime time to review your operation’s financial plan.

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Washington State Agriculture Industry Thrives

Learn more about the diversity of the Washington state agriculture sector, and find out what makes The Evergreen State a top spot for apple production

Washington State is more than just home to the famous Space Needle. Thanks to its rich soils, diverse climate, and large-scale irrigation, Washington is one of the world’s most productive growing regions. Farmers across the state produce more than 300 crops annually, including apples, potatoes, and wheat. Milk and beef cattle are also top commodities, making Washington the second most diverse state for agricultural commodities produced.Read More

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2018 Corn Maze Fun at Scott’s Maze Adventures

AgAmerica Advocating for Agriculture as Sponsor of Local Corn Maze

Fall is finally here, and that means cooler weather and exciting fall festivities, like corn mazes! At Long and Scott Farms in Apopka, Florida, Scott’s Maze Adventures—featuring an annual corn maze—has been a staple of their agribusiness for 16 years now, and has grown to be one of the area’s most popular corn maze events.Read More

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Florida Citrus Production Forecast Released

As the first USDA Citrus Crop Estimate makes its way through the news feeds, Patrick Spinosa discusses what it means for the citrus industry.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News (CFAN), I discussed how rootstocks, federal disaster relief, and land loans are key in the comeback the Florida citrus industry may see with the 2018-19 harvest. This month, we heard the first USDA Citrus Crop Estimate, predicting whether the Florida citrus farming industry will rebound from its worst season since World War II. The first citrus production forecast was released on October 11th and the numbers do not disappoint. The USDA predicts the Florida citrus fruit crop will see 79 million boxes before the close of the season next July.Read More

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Developing Relationships for the Future of Agribusiness

Corporate Relationship Managers Jessica Slaughter and Blake Averitt discuss how they use their expertise as loan officers to bring financial solutions to farmers.

“Agriculture is a tough industry for anyone to succeed in and experiencing firsthand the dedication and perseverance needed to be successful in agriculture strengthened me as a person,” says Jessica Slaughter, Corporate Relationship Manager at AgAmerica. Read More

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