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Business of Agriculture: Debt Structuring and Loan Terms

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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. 

Business of Agriculture: What to Expect when Applying for a Loan

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By Tony Powell

The Business of Agriculture series covers finance, accounting and other business topics to help both beginning farmers and ranchers as well as experienced operators. Tony Powell is a Credit Manager at Western Ag Credit's South Jordan, Utah office. He's worked for Farm Credit for 10 years. 

Preserving and Replenishing Brazil’s New Breadbasket

By Rodrigo Medeiros, Vice President, Conservation International Brazil, and Rodrigo Santos, President, Monsanto Brazil
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By turning itself from a food importer into one of the world’s leading food exporters, Brazil has made itself into one of the great agricultural success stories of the last 40 years. But if you think that’s because Brazil has plowed up the Amazon rainforest, you need to read on.

Growing Food More Sustainably: Conservation Tillage To The Rescue

By Carlos Vicente Alberto, Sustainability Lead, Europe & Middle East, Monsanto
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In 1985, during my final project at the School of Agricultural Engineers in Madrid, I embarked on something that may still seem strange to those unfamiliar with agriculture: growing plants without soil. The idea was to design a farm producing chicory using hydroponics, something that my classmates found novel at the time.

Business Of Agriculture: Transitioning The Farm To The Next Generation

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By Karen Macdonald

Farms and ranches are valuable enterprises, both for the food they provide and for the equity accrued over time in their assets: land, equipment, facilities and livestock. With 87 percent of America’s farms and ranches family-owned, these assets are often passed to the next generation. This transition process is rife with operational, financial and interpersonal considerations; a comprehensive succession plan is essential to managing the issues effectively.

Strong Partnerships Vital to Driving Sustainability Breakthroughs

By Kerry Preete, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Monsanto
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On Nov. 6, I attended the World Water Summit in London, an event hosted by The Economist for the purpose of bringing together representatives from the private sector, NGOs and governments to discuss challenges related to global water use.

I was proud to share with the attendees some of the work we’re doing at Monsanto to help farmers produce enough food to nourish a growing planet while also freezing the footprint of agriculture.

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