Update on H.B. 1013: Permanent Daylight Saving Time for Florida

Florida has decided to break with tradition concerning daylight saving time…will other states follow suit?

Clocks all over the U.S. “sprang forward” on March 11th for daylight saving time, jumping ahead an hour. However, it may be the last time Florida participates in the time changes the country goes through each year. Florida HB 1013 was filed in mid-December 2017, and it would mean that Florida observes daylight saving time year-round. Essentially, the legislation dictates that Florida would not “fall back” in the fall, and their time would not change from what it is now. Explore the latest updates on H.B. 1013 and the pros and cons of daylight saving time.Read More

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Update on H.B. 155: Designating Florida Cracker Cattle as the State’s Official Heritage Cattle Breed

Get an update on the push to designate Florida Cracker Cattle as Florida’s Official Heritage Cattle Breed.

Did you know that state symbol designations, such as the designation of an official state bird, flower, or animal, could be scheduled to be repealed? Such was the case for the Loggerhead Turtle as the official state saltwater reptile and the Florida Cracker Horse as the official state horse. Their designations were scheduled to be repealed July 1st, 2018. Instead of a repeal, a proposal was filed to reenact the designations, and to add another state symbol designation: Florida Cracker Cattle as Florida’s official state heritage cattle breed. See details of the designation below.Read More

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Women in Ag: Leading the Way Forward

See how women’s leadership in ag has evolved

And how events like the recent Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference continue to promote it.

According to the USDA, the 2012 Census of Agriculture showed that over a third of the nation’s farmers—almost 1 million—are women. Women’s leadership in ag goes as far back as agriculture itself, and women continue to step into leadership roles. Explore the evolution of women’s agricultural leadership, and see an example of the events supporting it today.Read More

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Water Quality Monitoring Benefits Mississippi River Basin Conservation Efforts

If you are a producer with agricultural land in Mississippi, listen up.

Mississippi farmers are coming together, merging efforts to enhance water quality and conservation of the Mississippi River basin. These merging conservation tactics are yielding promising results for the river basin. Studies have reported decreased loss of nutrients from the soil, such as nitrogen, phosphorous and animal manure, which regularly flow into neighboring, downstream waterways.

AgAmerica Lending offers various options for financing agricultural land to better assist Mississippi farmers with the implementation of solid conservation practices. These practices typically include nutrient management, conservation tillage, planting cover crops, wetland restoration, fencing animals out of streams, and tailwater recovery systems.

Not only do these practices benefit and protect neighboring water supplies, but they also work to benefit cropland, keeping soil and nutrients on the land where they belong. Developing a sound water quality monitoring or modeling plan significantly reduces the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous leaving the fields and decreases the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Gulf of Mexico. Too much nitrogen and phosphorous in the water can lead to serious environmental and human health issues, which directly impacts the economy.

All Mississippi farmers are encouraged to take a proactive step to preserve the basin and enhance the water supply. All producers can do their part to minimize the loss of nutrients and sediment, send cleaner water downstream, and protect the landscape and watershed. It simply requires the conscious fulfillment of an effective conservation strategy and system.

If you are a Mississippi producer with interest in fulfilling a conservation strategy, contact AgAmerica Lending for agricultural financing assistance. Allow us help you implement or improve your current conservation practices on your agricultural land. We offer Mississippi farm loan options to better support the continued success of your agricultural business. Info@AgAmerica.com or 844-516-8176.

 

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A Climate Action Plan in the Works

The climate is undergoing a massive change and this change is not without consequence. Increased risk of severe wildfire, more intense storms, and increased problems from invasive pests are all potentially on the horizon if conservation measures are not implemented to pacify the extreme, ongoing changes.

Fortunately, conservation measures are under heavy discussion.

Recently, President Obama spoke on the issue of climate change and postulated a promising Climate Action Plan intended to effectively reduce carbon pollution, slow down the effects of climate change, and promote a cleaner environment.

Highlights of the Climate Action Plan

  •  New efficiency standards for energy creation
  • Expansion of permits for renewable energy, such as wind and solar, on public lands
  • Support of the creation of biofuel across the country
  • Partnership with the auto industry to design cleaner vehicles, which will save people money

Though the Climate Action Plan provides a step in the right direction, the issue of climate change is one that cannot be easily mended. This is why solid preparation tactics alongside preventative approaches are key.

AgAmerica’s Lending program is prepared to do its part in helping farmers, ranchers, and producers adapt to these new challenges and threats and assist agricultural operations in the creation of innovative changes and solutions to address the issue of climate change. Contact us to gain information on specific farmland financing options to accomplish your conservation strategies. Info@AgAmerica.com or 844-516-8176.

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