The Sun Belt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia is fast approaching, and AgAmerica Lending is pleased to sponsor a bit of our own agriculture roots with a team of local whip crackers. Here in the heart of Central Florida, whip cracking is to Florida agriculture what the rodeo is to the West, so it’s exciting to bring this tradition to a national stage.
Oregon is a state with diverse lands and a love for agriculture. It was the fourth state for organic sales in the U.S. in 2014, and it boasts one of the most diverse ag regions in the world— the Willamette Valley— where over 170 different crops are produced in the state’s northwest inland region, complementing the state’s wide range of products and produce. From its western shores to its southern hills and mountains, to the rangelands of eastern Oregon, the products that are grown and harvested vary from the usual to the unique. As the nation’s premier land lender, we like to keep our fingers on the pulse of booming regions and commodities. Here’s a quick look at agricultural land and commodities of Oregon:
The Sun Belt Ag Expo is fast approaching, and AgAmerica Lending is pleased to sponsor a bit of our own agriculture roots with a team of local whip crackers. We’re based out of Lakeland in the heart of Central Florida, where whip cracking is to Florida agriculture what the rodeo is to the West.
Water has been—and always will be—a vital part of agriculture. However, in many states across the country, water poses questions and creates quandaries for farmers and ranchers alike. In the drought-stricken west, water is a precious resource. In tropical areas of the Southeast, water can come in a deluge or a trickle. In other places, water rights and access to water can be a tricky proposition, with water conservation laws adding more angles to an already complicated issue.
With this being the AgriTourism and Recreation edition of Central Florida Ag News, I thought it would be a good time to talk about our Rural Land and Home Loans, and why it’s a perfect fit for the rural land lover or hobby farmer looking to plant some roots and enjoy a little “fun on the farm.” Whether you hope to start a small peach farm that’s perfect for u-pick, or you plan to rent the barn— since it would be the ideal rural setting to hold weddings and other private gatherings— buying acreage in the country is a goal that can have many benefits, and “agritourism and recreation” are just some of those advantages.
Agriculture has always had many proud traditions. One such tradition is being stewards of the land and environment. Most ag folks have a great respect for the land and animals that sustain their livelihoods. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been honoring people in agriculture who embody this tradition with the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award since its creation in 1994.
Hay is a vital component of most farms and ranches, so it’s well worth it to spend some time on storage considerations. By leaving your hay exposed to the elements you will incur a loss of resources and capital. Studies have shown that hay loss rates can be as high as 50 percent in certain conditions. The best place to store hay is in a barn—especially in areas with snowy winters— but building a structure just to store hay is not always an option. There are other options though:
We were sad to “leaf” the Florida Forestry Association Trade Show, but it was three days filled with good information, great people and a whole lot of fun. Held August 25 to the 27 at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort in lovely Panama City Beach, Florida, there were fascinating vendor booths and fun activities like a golf tournament and a silent auction. Everyone came to roll up their sleeves with the show’s central theme of “Working Forests Work.”
Whip Cracking Takes Center Stage
The Sunbelt Ag Expo, the largest farm show in America, is right around the corner, offering everyone in the industry the chance to get together, swap stories, and show off a little! Held October 20-22 in Moultrie, Georgia, the expo offers field demos, educational seminars, and technology showcases. In addition, events like the Tractor Parade, auctions, and shows will ensure everyone has a good time. At this year’s event, AgAmerica Lending is pleased to bring the time-honored tradition of whip cracking to the Sunbelt Ag Expo stage!