The Drawbacks to 100% Farm Loan Financing

Are zero money down land loans a strength for American agriculture, or a weakness?

Zero down financing is a loan product that involves the financier to fund the full amount of the desired purchase without an initial down payment from the borrower. Although an attractive option for borrowers with limited cash flow when embarking on a new land investment endeavor, strings are frequently tucked into the fine print of these types of products and are a rarity among land loans. In fact, land and residential financing are commonly viewed the same yet carry distinct differences.Read More

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Restructuring Farm Debt

Create financial stability in lean economic times. 

In uncertain times, farmers and ranchers who are proactive about their financial situation are more apt to be able to play offense when the tides shift and new opportunities emerge. Liquidity is essential in maintaining the success of an agricultural operation but can prove difficult to obtain when you find yourself overleveraged and unable to stay ahead of a heavy debt load.

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Performing a SWOT Analysis on Your Farm Operation

Read to learn what a SWOT analysis is and how it can help your farm succeed.

A SWOT analysis is an advantageous strategy when considering any possible changes to a farm operation.  It can also be used to assess past successes and failures while creating future goals. A SWOT analysis organizes thoughts, brainstorms, evaluates and compares potential ideas to bring in additional revenue for a farming or ranching operation. It has the unique ability to show gaps within a business model and highlight possible solutions to existing problems.

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Women’s History Month, Women Leaders in Ag, and an Upcoming Conference

Explore women leaders in ag this Women’s History Month.

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s an opportune time to examine the growing role of women leaders in ag. Women have always played a significant role in agriculture, but those roles have not been as emphasized as they should have been. Today, women are stepping into leadership roles like never before and helping the ag industry to achieve more. Explore the start of Women’s History Month and the advancement of women in agriculture, below.Read More

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Cattle Industry: History of the Cow Dog

Dogs, such as the Florida cow dog, are an integral part of many cattle operations; see how the relationship came to be.

Step foot on most ranches, and chances are, you’ll find a dog. While you might think the canine is simply a family pet, it’s likely a bona fide working dog that does double duty as a pet and a first-rate cowhand. Dogs are well-known as man’s best friend, but they also work very well as one of man’s top helpers on the ranch. It’s a common saying that “a well-trained cow dog is worth the work of several cowhands.” Explore the history of working dogs, like the Florida cow dog, and the special place cattle dogs have on the ranch, below.Read More

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Row Crop Focus on Growing Tomatoes Commercially and Industry Update

Explore the ins and outs of growing tomatoes commercially.

Tomatoes are one of the nation’s most popular vegetables–or is it one of the most popular fruits? Debate as to which side of the produce aisle tomatoes belong on aside, tomatoes are in high demand. Growing tomatoes commercially can be a lucrative operation, but the potential for great profits is accompanied by great risk. Take a look at the state of the commercial tomato industry.Read More

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‘Georgia Grown’ and What’s in Season This Time of Year

Read the news about Georgia Grown and what’s in season in Georgia now and in the coming months.

Georgia is a leading agriculture-producing state, ranking 14th in the nation. Georgia’s ag industry is getting a helping hand with a new slogan by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to highlight the ag-friendly nature of the state. Explore the new developments of Georgia Grown and what’s in season in the upcoming months, below.Read More

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AgriTechnology Focus: USDA NIFA Update on Collaborative Robotics Research

See how advancements in agritech and robotics are getting a leg up from the USDA.

The worlds of agritech and robotics are coming together as both the ag industry and agritech developers are seeing the benefits of utilizing collaborative robotics in agriculture. This fast-developing relationship got a leg up with an announcement in early January concerning support for collaborate robotics development through the joint National Robotics Initiative. Read more about the support for agritech and robotics below.Read More

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How the Peanut Genome Initiative is Helping the Long-Term Sustainability of the Peanut Industry

Explore how peanut research by the Peanut Genome Consortium is advancing the peanut industry. 

The peanut industry is a booming one in the U.S., and it’s about to get a leg up from the successful completion of the peanut research of the Peanut Genome Initiative. A team of international scientists have succeeded in mapping the genome of the peanut, which will allow peanut breeders, researchers, and growers to get the most out the peanut plant. See how this scientific breakthrough benefits the peanut industry below. Read More

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History of the Florida State Fair

The history of the Florida State Fair spans 114 years

The Florida State Fair opened February 8th in Hillsborough County and runs through the 19th, and there are many attractions to see and rides to check out. Have you ever wondered how much today’s Florida State Fair compares to fairs of yesteryear? The 2018 fair is the 114th year the event has been held, and agriculture has been a part of the festivities since the beginning. Before you go, explore the history of the Florida State Fair below.Read More

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