Best Practices to Protect Against Food Security Threats

Learn what actions are being taken to protect U.S. agriculture.

Keeping American lives protected doesn’t fall solely on our government bodies, it starts further down the line with our farmers, ranchers, and landowners. Agriculture biosecurity is one of the greatest defenses our nation has against widespread illness, both unintentional and targeted, across food chains. In recent years, biosecurity has garnered a great deal of public interest in way of perceived external threats, rapidly evolving pest and disease resistance, and improving technology and monitoring systems.
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The H-2A Temporary Agriculture Workers Program Offers Interim Relief for Labor Shortage

Understand the benefits and drawbacks of the H-2A visa program.

Farmers across the nation are facing an industry-wide challenge: labor shortage. The gap between available farming jobs and a willing workforce continues to widen. The average ratio of available farm jobs for every applicant is 2:1, and in California, it’s 4:1. Simply put, the agriculture industry needs more workers to adequately fill their operational needs.Read More

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Ag Business Tip: Team Up, Plan Ahead!

As any ag business is well-aware, a sound financial plan implementing a team approach is integral to running a successful ag operation.

A do-it-yourself approach just isn’t going to cut it. To secure your farm’s financial future, you need to bring together a solid team of advisors and experts that are well equipped and ready to help you assess all of the options, opportunities, and risks associated with your ag business.

Building a team will help you to solidify many facets of your operation, such as its

  • vision
  • goals
  • products
  • markets
  • timeframes
  • financial strategies
  • resources

 

Having a solid team will also help you to:

  • monitor financial performance
  • mitigate risks
  • make adjustments as needed
  • evaluate areas where you would do well to add assets to boost profitability.

 

Truth is, running an agricultural operation can be a risky and tricky business. The do-it-yourself approach might not work in the face of unforeseen setbacks. Risks – including production, yield, price, and market risks – as well as other aspects of agricultural risk, such as lack of diversification and politics, all must be identified, measured, and actively managed in order to secure the stability and success of your operation.

That’s where an ag lending team steps in, helping your ag operation deal with these risks and other setbacks, such as failing crops, unfavorable weather, decreased productivity, and fluctuating market prices. Plus, having a trusted ag lender on your team will help you secure unique opportunities that traditional lending institutions just can’t handle or support. What’s more, when it comes time to finance your much-needed assets, including items such as land, equipment, and new digital technology, your lender is your go-to farmland financing resource.

With several ag lending professionals holding strong backgrounds in farm, ranch, livestock, and farm operating lending, you’ll be happy to have AgAmerica as your lender. Whether it’s time to refinance a high interest ag loan or plant your next row crop, we are here to help you along the road to success!

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