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Farm Credit Express Dealer Spotlight: Great Southern Equipment

Great Southern Equipment Company was founded in 1960 by Ray Ferwerda Sr. What started off as a small source of construction and road building equipment, turned into a company that serves all of Florida. After years of successful growth and expansion, GSE now has seven locations and is run by Ray’s son, Ray Ferwerda Jr.

Farm Credit Express Dealer Spotlight: Grove Equipment Services Inc.

Grove Equipment Service Inc. began as a family business in 1971; and since then the company has established itself as a leader in providing high quality equipment, parts, and service to customers throughout Central Florida. Grove Equipment is known for its personalized service and its huge inventory of tractor parts and tractor equipment.

T. Mims Corp.

Tom Mims discovered his penchant for entrepreneurship at only 23 years old. After graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida and working for a CPA firm, he realized his fulfillment lied in the autonomy of self-employment and thus founded T. Mims Corp.

Farm Credit Express Dealer Spotlight: MST Sod Equipment

MST Sod Equipment is a trusted family-owned and operated company. The owner, Lonnie Bertsch, acquired Mid-State Tractor/Sod Division in 1991 after a company split and began traveling the state selling parts out of his truck. After many years of growth and innovation, the company relocated and became MST Sod Equipment, Inc. 

Farm Credit Express Dealer Spotlight: Cobb's Tractor

Cobb's Tractor has served Central Florida since 1980 with excellent products, service and the family-feel you’re looking for when doing business.  Owners Jerry and Nan Cobb have been in business for over 35 years and have deep roots in the Eustis community.

Crop Insurance Benefits Florida Farmers

Farming can be a risky endeavor. Luckily, Farm Credit of Central Florida has licensed crop insurance agents that will help you include a crop insurance policy in your operation’s risk management plan.

Wedding Bells and Blueberries: Agritourism’s Perfect Pair

Indigo Harvest’s story starts in 1975 when Donna Miller’s parents, Don and Janice Goldberg, purchased 17 acres in Inverness, Florida as a family getaway. A beautiful home built the next year, an acre and a half family garden and surrounded by the Florida forests, the family would spend time at the getaway during the summers and the winter. Never did Donna Miller, D&J Farms and Indigo Harvest owner think that four decades later the family vacation spot would be home to an organic blueberry farm and wedding venue.

Succession Planning Q & A: The Future of Your Family Farm

A conversation with Randall Strode and Dale McClellan, two Farm Credit board members and agribusiness owners, about their respective succession plans proved full of adages, advice and the emotional strongholds that come with creating a succession plan that ensures the future of their family business.

Farm Bill 2018

Farm Credit supports the passage of a strong Farm Bill, which includes a robust crop insurance program, expanded Farm Service Agency loan programs and increased investment in rural infrastructure.

T. Mims Corp

Tom Mims discovered his penchant for entrepreneurship at only 23 years old. After graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida and working for a CPA firm, he realized his fulfillment lied in the autonomy of self-employment and thus founded T. Mims Corp.

Significant Nursery and Citrus Crop Insurance Deadlines Fast Approaching

CITRUS – APRIL 15, 2018

NURSERY – MAY 1, 2018

Pending disaster payments will require producers to purchase crop insurance or NAP policies on eligible commodities for each of the next two years making the Sales Closing Dates for Citrus and Nursery Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policies more significant this year than before. 

2018 Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference

As supporters of Florida agriculture, we stay up-to-date on issues that impact rural America. This year, we visited the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Science’s (UF/IFAS) Food and Resource Economics (FRE) department’s annual Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference. Great industry minds ranging from professors, to agricultural scientists to policy experts update those in attendance on policy initiatives and the research or causes that shape those initiatives.

Agriculture’s Risky Business and Farm Credit’s Advantage

Agriculture is a risky business: unprecedented weather and natural disasters can devastate crop yields. Successful farmers plan accordingly with a risk management strategy. Crop insurance makes for an essential element of such strategy, as the right policy enables producers to meet financial obligations—both business and personal.

For Generations to Come

With an expected population of 9.8 billion by the year 2050 and nearly 2 billion more mouths to feed, agriculture remains a vital industry. However, with the many challenges the agriculture industry faces every day, and the environmental footprint the industry leaves, there is an upmost importance for sustainability.

New Year, Same Dedication

From all of us at Farm Credit, we wish you a safe and happy new year! We were honored to serve you throughout 2017 and look forward to an excellent 2018.

Castillo Family Farms

The Castillo family provides invaluable research resources to IFAS and the NRCS through their unique farming operation in Plant City, Florida.

Veterans Choosing Careers in Agriculture with New UF/IFAS Program

Through the new Veteran Agriculture Selection Program (VASP), the GCREC has a mission to “expose veterans to various modern crop production practices and helping them develop positive relationships and career opportunities within the Florida agriculture industry while they are enrolled in a University of Florida certificate program.”


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