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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Cattle Producers: Innovations to Ease Drought Devastation

Cattle producers, especially in Southern regions, were hit pretty hard in 2012 due to extreme drought conditions. Fortunately, many strategies have been implemented to reduce the disastrous impact of drought conditions on cattle production and other agricultural operations.

To save your cattle operation and promote continued success, a grazing management approach must be pursued to help reduce some of the drought risks. Many of the following strategies were developed and put into practice with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; however, government backed farm loans are not the only viable option. In fact, some cattle operations impacted by drought conditions are outside government assistance program borders. Other cattle producers say that government agricultural loans are too slow or require too much paperwork. That’s where AgAmerica Lending would like to step in and offer farmland financing assistance.

To spare cattle operations from the worst of the drought, the following innovations have proven incredibly effective:

  • Electric fence and pipeline. Add these systems to channel water to new tire tank watering facilities in each of the pastures.
  • New pastures. Create new pastures, so cattle can move around more frequently and freely.
  • Prescribed grazing. Protect soil from erosion and compaction. Improve the quality of the forage by giving it restoration time before it’s grazed again. Enhance water quality by stopping soil from flowing into the water supply. Avoid the expense of costly supplemental forage like hay, which has become even more costly due to drought conditions.
  • Gravity flow systems. Conserve electricity by providing your cattle water via fenced ponds that rely on a gravity flow system to fill multiple tire tank watering facilities.
  • Legumes. Eliminate commercial fertilizer, prevent erosion, improve the abundance of soil water, and supply nutrients like nitrogen. Legumes convert nitrogen gas in the atmosphere into soil nitrogen that plants can digest, meaning manure or commercial fertilizer may be needed in minute quantities or be totally abandoned.

 

To beat the drought elements, it’s paramount to pursue new practices and ideas – to think outside the box. To fully realize these new practices and ideas oftentimes requires the help of an ag lending company like AgAmerica Lending.

Work with AgAmerica Lending to help finance your agricultural land. Choose an agricultural loan that works best for you and that allows you to better implement a conservation plan to successfully get your cattle operation through the drought. Infor@AgAmerica.com or 844-516-8176

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Farmers Less Expected to Sell Land

A major agricultural shift has recently surfaced; this shift, being that farmers have become less likely to sell their land than they were even a few years ago. This is a surprising shift given that farmers are being offered record prices for their land.

Over the last few decades, farmland has been escaping the hands of farmers and landing into the hands of developers. As farmers have retired, a younger generation of farmers has not stepped in to fulfill farming production leaving a large amount of farmland at the disposal of developers.

Because the value of land has increased astronomically, farmland has become a developer-dominated market. Record land prices and low commodity prices enticed farmers to sell. In many cases there was an urgency to cash in while they could.

This shift resulted in many states enacting farmland protection laws, allowing the state agricultural departments to entice farmers and ranchers with a large chunk of change in exchange for securing their land into agricultural easements, thus warding off urban and suburban development on treasured farmland.

Recently farmers have become less tempted to hand their land over to developers. Many have turned down major lucrative offers. Why? Perhaps it’s the major surge in profits earned by growing commodities (corn, for example), the high profits available to farmers by renting or leasing their farmland to new farmers, and/or the emotional connections to the land.

It’s possible that this shift is only transient (perhaps resulting from the recent spike in commodity prices). Even so, it represents a temporary and positive shift in the agricultural market.

If you are in need of funding as an alternative to selling off your land to developers, AgAmerica Lending can help with an agricultural loan or a short term Ag bridge loan so that you can take advantage of growing commodity prices.

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