Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo Upcoming

AgAmerica to Attend the Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo in North Carolina

On December 14-15, the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association will host its 33rd Annual Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The conference will feature educational sessions discussing topics such as, pickling cucumber production, sweet potato production, tomato & pepper production, seedless watermelon, food safety, and more.Read More

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Land Loans: Fixed Interest Rate vs. Variable Interest Rate

Interest rates are rising, what does this mean for agricultural and recreational land owners?

In September, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark federal-funds rate for the third time this year, as an effort to help sustain a strong economy for the long-run. Increases to the benchmark rate affect both short-term and long-term interest rates; however, rates on short-term loans such as revolving lines of credit and operating loans are impacted the most. This is of significance to farmers and ranchers who often employ these types of loans for day-to-day operational expenses. Economists speculate the government will increase rates once more this year in December, with that in mind, now is the prime time to review your operation’s financial plan.

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Non-Traditional Ag States Make Significant Contributions to U.S. Ag Industry

Learn more about the agricultural commodities grown and produced in ag states not typically associated with farming.

Agriculture is a major U.S. industry that has a strong global impact, with 2.1 million farms across rural America and $140.5 billion worth of American agricultural products exported around the globe in 2017. Despite the industry’s broad impact, many states aren’t commonly thought of as “ag states” – particularly those with extreme weather conditions and/or several large, densely populated metropolitan areas.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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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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