Virginia Cattle Industry Events: The VCA Cattle Field Day

Explore the details of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association Cattle Field Day for the Virginia cattle industry.

Producers in the Virginia cattle industry recently attended the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association Cattle Field Day on July 7th. Held in Rosedale, Virginia, at the Stuart Land and Cattle Company, it was a fruitful day of information, meetings, and industry awards for area beef producers. Explore what your fellow ranchers and cattle industry members learned below.
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Farmers Find Perks in Recreational Land Leasing

See how recreational land leasing—allowing hunters and other outdoorsmen on the landcan help an ag operation and benefit farmers in more ways than one.

Recreational land, and the benefits for agriculture, is the focus of our most recent article. In the ever-changing industry of agriculture, farmers and landowners are constantly looking for new ways to utilize their property for both increased income as well as land stewardship. In the past decade or so, hunters and outdoorsmen have given farmers another way to do just that – offering their land for recreation. Explore the benefits of recreational land leasing, and find out why a recreational land loan is a good idea.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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Solar and Wind Farms: Ag’s Investment in Renewable Energy

Solar and wind farms create environmental and financial benefits for America’s farmers.

This month we examined solar and wind farms, and how, as the planet’s original environmentalists, farmers are often on the cutting edge of management best practices that help their businesses and the earth. In recent years, the push for clean and renewable energy has become stronger, and some farmers have responded with solar and wind farms that help power their operations by harnessing the earth’s renewable resources. This has offered additional benefits. In doing so, they’ve found not only a more efficient way to produce power while helping the environment, but also another added benefit – a steady source of income. Explore the ins and outs of solar and wind farms for your ag operation, below.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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A Can’t Miss if You’re in the Florida Cattle Industry: the FCA Annual Convention

The Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention is a can’t-miss event if you’re in the Florida cattle industry.

If you’re in the Florida cattle industry, you’re likely headed to the Annual Convention of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, scheduled for Tuesday, June 20th through Thursday, June 22nd at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida. It’s a can’t-miss event for those in Florida’s cattle industry; explore a sampling of the benefits below for those in Florida cattle production.Read More

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Don Harden: Celebrating the Country’s Favorite Melon This Watermelon Season

Explore the stats of the nation’s watermelon season.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I talked about a major Florida crop commodity: watermelons. Florida has a long watermelon season that produces melons for about six months out of the year. They lead the country in production, with watermelon farmers in Florida producing 18 percent of the nation’s watermelon crop. However, the Sunshine State isn’t the only one that contributes to the country’s watermelon market. Read interesting statistics about watermelons below.Read More

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Father’s Day in the Animal Kingdom: the Cattle Industry, the Farm, and the Wild

Father’s Day is one to celebrate in the cattle industry and the animal kingdom, too.

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s not only human fathers who have cause to celebrate the third Sunday in June. While many male animals in the animal kingdom have little to do with the raising of their offspring, dads are important in the cattle industry and beyond. Read below to find some of the best dads in the animal kingdom and agriculture industry.Read More

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