farming

Plant Breeding Helps Farmers Have Better Harvests

By Sam Eathington, Monsanto Vice President, Global Plant Breeding
Blog

Anyone who has a backyard garden knows that growing food can be challenging. Some years, it’s really dry, and even when you water in the morning and in the evening, your garden still looks thirsty. Other years, an unknown disease or insect sets in—your plants look feeble, and they produce fewer harvestable fruits and vegetables. After all the day-in and day-out work, this outcome is quite discouraging – knowing for all your effort, you’ll probably harvest less, and it likely won’t taste as good.

Producing Excellence: Marcia Kunde Mickelson

Blog

Kunde Family Estate and Kunde Family Estate Vineyards
Kenwood, CA

Products: Wine

Size of Operation: 700 acres

Years in Business: 109

Farm Credit Partner:  American AgCredit

Years Working with Farm Credit: 40

Producing Excellence: Emily Smith

Blog

Smith’s Farm
Presque Isle, ME

Products Raised or Grown: Broccoli, potatoes and grain

Size of Operation: 3,500

Years in Business: 204

Farm Credit Partner: Farm Credit of Maine

Years Working with Farm Credit: 2

PepsiCorps Volunteers Help Brazil Farm Communities

Multimedia with summary

In 2013, PepsiCorps team members traveled to northeast Brazil to help improve the lives of local farmers in communities affected by severe drought. PepsiCorps is a volunteer program that sends employees on one-month assignments to address sustainability challenges in underserved parts of the world. PepsiCorps helps bring Performance with Purpose to life for communities we serve while building leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills for our employees.

Business of Agriculture: The Importance of High-Quality Financial Reports

Blog

By Stephen Book

The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. Stephen Book is VP Credit Officer for Capital Farm Credit. He has been with the Farm Credit System for ten years, and is based in Lubbock, Texas.

Business of Agriculture: Debt Structuring and Loan Terms

Article

The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. Lisa Storm is Vice President, Credit Administrator with AgGeorgia Farm Credit, working in Perry, Ga. She’s been with the Farm Credit System for 13 years.

The Business of Agriculture: Introduction to Leasing

Article

By Karen Macdonald

The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. 

It’s no secret that agriculture is a capital-intensive business, with land, buildings, vehicles, equipment, livestock and inputs all adding to the price tag.  Especially for beginning farmers, the amount of capital needed, both upfront and on an ongoing basis, can seem insurmountable.  One way to reduce this capital requirement is to lease rather than buy.

The Business of Agriculture: Understanding Lines of Credit

Blog

By Steve Allard, Vice President of Credit, Farm Credit Mid-America

The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. Steve Allard is Vice President of Credit with Farm Credit Mid-America, where he leads the credit analysis teams for the organization's four state territory. He is based in Louisville and Owensboro, Ky., and has been with the Farm Credit System for 34 years. 

Business of Agriculture: Personal Credit Impacts Business Financing

Summary: 

Three different credit scenarios can cause stumbling blocks, though it’s important to understand that how the situations are handled is even more important than the situation itself. Lenders have some degree of latitude in making credit decisions, so demonstrating responsibility, honesty and a proactive approach to settling a negative credit situation can go a long way to securing your business financing.

Blog

Three different credit scenarios can cause stumbling blocks, though it’s important to understand that how the situations are handled is even more important than the situation itself. Lenders have some degree of latitude in making credit decisions, so demonstrating responsibility, honesty and a proactive approach to settling a negative credit situation can go a long way to securing your business financing.

The Business of Agriculture: Decision Factors in Lending

Blog

By Dan Seedorf, VP of Lending, Premier Farm Credit

The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. Dan Seedorf is Vice President of Lending with Premier Farm Credit. He is based in Yuma, Colorado, and has been with the Farm Credit System for 12 years. 

Pages

Subscribe to farming