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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National Ag Day – Supporting the American Farmer

Find ways to support the American farmer this National Ag Day.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed different options for supporting your local farming community on National Ag Day and all year. March 20th is National Ag Day, and according to the Agriculture Council of America, it’s a time to “to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.” Learn more about National Ag Day and ways you can support the American farmer, below.Read More

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Summer Farm Safety: Preventing Heat Stroke on the Farm

Summer farm safety is an important topic.

In addition to farm safety tips concerning tractors, chemicals, and livestock, make sure you look into heat stress prevention tips for farmers as well. Summer is typically one of a farmer’s busiest times, and there is little time or ability to slow down or take a break during the heat of the day. Heat illness in agriculture is a common occurrence, but it can be prevented by following heat safety tips and keeping summer farm safety top of mind.Read More

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Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference

Florida agriculture’s future leaders will be at the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference this July 14th-16th.

Like most state’s ag industries, Florida’s agriculture industry needs young farmers interested in stepping into the boots of the state’s retiring farmers and ranchers. It’s one reason why the Florida Farm Bureau—like state Farm Bureaus all over the country—hosts a Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference. The Florida Farm Bureau’s YF&R Leadership Conference is slated for this July 14th-16th at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Explore the offerings of this annual event below.Read More

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A Look at Leading Florida Alternative Crops: Pomegranates

Discover a leader in Florida alternative crops: pomegranates.

Florida has a long growing season, and a lot of different crops grow well in The Sunshine State’s tropical and subtropical climate. Growers and producers are always on the lookout for Florida alternative crops, and pomegranates may just be the next big thing. Explore the potential of this leader in specialty crops, below.Read More

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A Look at Virginia Dairy Farms and the Dairymen’s Association Dairy Expo

Operators of Virginia dairy farms will be heading to the State Dairymen’s Association Dairy Expo in mid-July.

July 14th will see the operators of Virginia dairy farms traveling to Stoney Run Farms in McGaheysville, Virginia for the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association (VSDA) Dairy Expo. The day is one of fellowship and learning for the dairy producers in the state. Explore the offerings of the event below.Read More

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Q&A With the AgAmerica Team: Funding for Agricultural Producers

Find answers about funding for agricultural producers.

If you’re thinking of getting into agriculture, or you’re already in agriculture and planning to expand, you likely have some questions about funding for agricultural projects. As the nation’s premier land lenders, we’re happy to provide some answers. Once we’ve addressed your initial questions below, find out how to contact us so we can answer your more complex questions and concerns on funding for agricultural producers.Read More

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What’s in a Brand? The History of Cattle Branding

The history of cattle branding is one that goes back many centuries and spans different cultures.

There are few parts of the cattle industry that are as recognizable as cattle branding, also called livestock branding, and the history of cattle branding is a fascinating one. If you’ve ever wondered ‘why do we brand cattle?’ then explore our topline summary of cattle branding history below.Read More

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Drought Happens: Water, Irrigation Options, and More

Irrigation is important in farming because drought tends to sneak up on you.

In 1950, weather expert, H.P. Gillette, described drought as a “creeping phenomenon.” When you think about it, that’s a pretty accurate statement. Drought tends to sneak up on you. “Drought is different than other natural hazards,” explains Mark Svoboda, a climatologist and director of the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska, and one of the co-founders, as well as a former author, of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor. “Tornadoes hit hard and leave, floods or hurricanes can last days, but then they’re gone, too. But droughts…they can take months to develop and then last for months or even years…and drought has a much larger spatial and temporal footprint.” In AgAmerica Lending’s latest article, we look at drought and why irrigation is important to agriculture. Read a summary of the article below.Read More

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Summer Solstice on the Farm: The Solstice and Agriculture

Explore how agriculture has been influenced by the summer solstice on the farm.

June 21st is the first day of summer, and it’s also the summer solstice. The day has many ties to agriculture, making the day an important one. Find out the summer solstice definition and explore the different connections between the solstice and agriculture plus the various summer solstice celebrations that occur on this special day.Read More

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