If there is one thing we know about farming, it’s that sometimes things don’t go as planned. The unpredictability of the weather, commodity and market prices, and crop yields can result in tremendous volatility for a farmer and their family. Recently, government tariffs on commodities and severe weather events have made a significant impact on farmers’ ability to produce a good margin of profitability to plan for future years. When obstacles like this occur, many farmers consider refinancing their farm operation to recover from the previous year.Read More
As the first USDA Citrus Crop Estimate makes its way through the news feeds, Patrick Spinosa discusses what it means for the citrus industry.
In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News (CFAN), I discussed how rootstocks, federal disaster relief, and land loans are key in the comeback the Florida citrus industry may see with the 2018-19 harvest. This month, we heard the first USDA Citrus Crop Estimate, predicting whether the Florida citrus farming industry will rebound from its worst season since World War II. The first citrus production forecast was released on October 11th and the numbers do not disappoint. The USDA predicts the Florida citrus fruit crop will see 79 million boxes before the close of the season next July.Read More
Cotton continues to be profitable for American farmers.
Currently known as the most widespread profitable non-food crop in the world, cotton has long been a staple crop in the U.S., but it was the creation of the cotton gin – patented by Eli Whitney in 1793 – that initially helped the country’s cotton industry soar.Read More
Florida has crops growing nearly year-round, so there’s always something fresh to enjoy;
See the Florida crops in season now
Florida’s tropical climate and abundant sunshine make for a long growing season. While growers in other regions are planning and planting, growers from The Sunshine State are harvesting Florida crops in season. Explore which Florida-grown crops you can find right now in the produce section of your grocery store, below.Read More
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
2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Topics
Explore the NCBA topics that will be discussed at the largest, and oldest cattle industry convention.
The cattle industry is one of the oldest ag industries in the country, and the NCBA Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is the largest, and oldest cattle industry convention. Scheduled for January 31st to February 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona, the show is full of presentations, meetings, and seminars on NCBA topics that will address the concerns and challenges of working in the cattle industry today. The AgAmerica Lending team will also be at booth #105 to discuss our cattle ranch loans with attendees. See the NCBA topics that will be front and center at the convention and trade show below.Read More
See all the trade shows and conferences the AgAmerica team will be attending in January to connect with those in the ag industry.
January is a busy month for ag trade shows and conferences, and our team at AgAmerica Lending is kicking off 2018 with a commitment to connect with farmers and growers in order to provide the best service. We’ll be traveling all over the Southeast to meet with growers and producers in person. Check out where we’ll be this month, below, and then make plans to stop by and say hello!Read More
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
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
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