Florida Tomato Grower Recognized for Sustainable Tomato Farming

One Florida tomato grower was awarded the coveted 4R Advocate Award for sustainable tomato farming.

We’re proud to toot the Florida ag industry’s horn with the announcement that tomato grower Gary Reeder, and his colleagues at the tomato operation West Coast Tomato, were awarded the 4R Advocate Award by The Fertilizer Institute. As only the second Florida recipient of the award in its history, Reeder was recognized for his sustainable tomato farming practices concerning fertilizer use. Find out what the 4R Advocate Award is all about, and what about Reeder’s sustainable tomato production earned him the prestigious award.Read More

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Mr. Don Takes a Look at the Family Farming Tradition

Don Harden looks at the statistics generated by AgAmerica’s survey on the multigenerational family farming tradition.

In my April column in Central Florida Ag News, I wrote about the importance of the family farming tradition in America. The 2012 Census of Agriculture counted 2.1 million farms in the U.S, with 97 percent being considered family-owned operations. The lion’s share of our food and fiber comes from family farming operations, so it’s no wonder that the image of the multigenerational farming businesses is one that many family farmers hold in high esteem.

In the ag industry, the number of farming generations we count in our families is a source of great pride, and the thought of our children and grandchildren inheriting the farm and filling our boots is a sustaining one. While there are many statistics on family agriculture, there are few on the details of the family farming tradition. In 2015, AgAmerica conducted a survey of hundreds of growers, and compiled the results in the whitepaper Families and Their Farms: Planning for the Future. Explore our findings on the family farming tradition below. Read More

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AgriEaster: an Egg-citing History of Eggs and Easter

The history of eggs and Easter is a fascinating one.

If you’ve ever wondered what baskets of candy, chocolate bunnies, and colored eggs have to do with the religious side of Easter, you’re not alone. While there is no one connection that all historians agree on between present day and the history of eggs and Easter, there is a consensus that the rituals of decorating eggs, making nests, eating candy and telling stories of the Easter Bunny all have pagan origins, before the rise of Christianity. It was a time when agriculture was as prominent, or even more so, as it is today, but when people believed a bit of magic was useful on the farm too. Explore the connections between modern-day Easter and the history of Easter eggs.Read More

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AgAmericaEats: Lamb Recipes for Your Spring Table

Try one or more savory lamb recipes this spring.

Lamb dishes are popular around spring and Easter time. Lamb is commonly found on high-end restaurant menus, but it can be just as delicious on your family dinner table. Try one of these lamb recipes below for a savory meal the whole family will enjoy.Read More

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Apply for Our 10-Year Line of Credit

Discover ten reasons to apply for an AgAmerica 10-year line of credit.

AgAmerica’s custom loan packages are a major way we stand out from the crowd, and our 10-year line of credit is a perfect example of how our loan products are designed to fit the needs of your agribusiness. It’s an agricultural line of credit like no other, and we’re happy to share the testimonials of your fellow farmers and ranchers as proof. Find the top 10 reasons why you should apply for our 10-year line of credit.Read More

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Exploring the Livestock Industry: Rabbit and Sheep Farming

While sheep and rabbits are part of the imagery of spring, they are also part of the U.S. livestock industry.

When you think of the livestock industry, you likely envision cattle and hogs, but there are many other variations of livestock with rich histories of animal husbandry of their own. If you’re considering a livestock land loan, know that your options go beyond cattle ranching. Explore statistics for both sheep and rabbit farming businesses in the U.S. below.Read More

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Employee Highlight: Hunter Helms, Texas Lender

New Texas Correspondent Lender Hunter Helms has experience both in the field and on the business side of agriculture.

Ask any farmer or rancher what’s missing from big bank lenders, and they’ll tell you banks lack an understanding of the ins and outs of agriculture and a knowledge of the industry’s unique challenges. AgAmerica Lending was built on the premise of comprehending the agriculture industry, and new Correspondent Lender Hunter Helms walks that walk every day in his role as a farmer, rancher, and now Texas lender.Read More

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Q&A With Texas Land Lender and AgAmerica Correspondent Lender, Jordan Shipley

Texas Land Lender and new AgAmerica Correspondent Lender, Jordan Shipley, talks the NFL, Texas rec land and AgAmerica’s Texas land loans.

Agriculture is a leading industry in Texas, with the recreational land industry—rec land—following close behind. It’s a fact that new AgAmerica Correspondent Lender, Jordan Shipley, knows very well. As a native Texan, Jordan grew up immersed in two of Texas’s favorite pastimes: outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing, and football. In college he played for the Texas Longhorns, and he was later drafted in the NFL.  After playing for the Bengals, Buccaneers and Jaguars, he turned to his love of hunting and fishing as a host of “The Bucks of Tecomate,” a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. Below he discusses his time with the NFL, rec land and agriculture, and his new role as a Texas land lender for AgAmerica.Read More

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Trade Show Roundup: March Cattle Trade Shows

March offers cattle trade shows in three different states across the South.

Cattlemen and cattlewomen in three different southern states have cattle trade shows marked on their calendars for the month of March. Such shows and conventions offer those in the cattle industry the opportunity to learn, delegate and network with industry peers. Get the details on the three different cattle trade shows below.Read More

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AgAmerica on Precision Ag

Precision ag is the future of agriculture technology and will offer a wealth of ag data.

Agriculture and technology go hand-in-hand, and an AgAmerica article on precision ag shows why. Not only does agriculture technology make farming and ranching easier, it also makes it better. The possibilities for precision ag and other high-tech farming equipment are seemingly endless, offering a variety of data that can benefit productivity, profitability, and even environmental stewardship. According to the article, U.S. farms are expected to more than double their use of new technologies through 2019. Read a synopsis of the article below.Read More

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