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2019 Hurricane Preparedness

As we brace for potential impact from Hurricane Dorian, it is important that farmers and ranchers are prepared.  The next few days are the perfect opportunity to ensure that your operation and your family are prepared for damages that may occur. 

 

Rescuing future winners

Growing up surrounded by equestrians, Rachael Winograd developed her passion for horses at an early age. She began riding at age two and entered the show ring at age four. Rachael cares for and shows Morgan horses in three divisions. She is an accomplished equestrian, and currently holds two world championship titles and several national championships.

Dialogue with the Graduates: Planning for Success

One of the pleasures of my academic career has been working with Farm Credit University’s Ag Biz Planner Program designed for young and beginning agriculture producers. Over 1,000 participants have completed the business and financial management classes consisting of 10 online courses. Recently, we talked via videoconference with two graduates of the program, who discussed how they have applied this education to their agriculture businesses and the subsequent benefits. We’ve pulled out some highlights from the conversation to demonstrate the value of planning for success. Benefits they gained include:

Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries might be tiny but they are mighty! They are one of the most nutritious, antioxidant-rich fruits that helps keep your brain and heart healthy. This fruit is also sweet, delicious and is low-calorie.

Marketing Small Farm Products

Effectively marketing small farm products can allow you to reach future customers you wouldn’t be able to reach in an everyday setting. When marketing your farm products be sure to differentiate yourself from others, travel to farm-related events and network with current and prospective buyer.

A quick look at the Ag Census and what you should know

The USDA’s Census of Agriculture is completed every five years.  The data is compiled and released with details about the country’s agricultural sectors.  Recently, the 2017 Census of Agriculture was released with details about how the country’s producers are doing and on the demographics of these producers.  Here are some key changes to know!

Farm Credit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly

Cooperative principle number seven is concern for community.  Farm Credit supports the communities we serve in a variety of ways including financial sponsorships for community events as well as offering employees the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations. 

Blueberry Production Issues

With blueberries being popular in the state of Florida, we know how important it is to have information to help growers be successful. Here are 4 new publications from the University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF/IFAS) researchers that discuss stem blight, blueberry gall midge, crop insurance policies and blueberry cultivars.

AG-VENTURE

This week Farm Credit of Central Florida volunteered at Ag-Venture held at the Florida State Fair Grounds.

Summary of Florida’s FY 2018 – 2019 Agriculture Cost-Share Programs

Water management district budgets began October 1st, so it’s a good time to decide if their cost-share programs interest you. Also, federal funding for similar projects is available. These programs typically invite both public and private entities to participate in project funding that further the agency’s goals such as water conservation and quality enhancement. Some programs have eligibility requirements. Here are some details and tips:

Review links below and ask staff about: your project idea, program pre-requisites, extending your water use permit duration, monitoring / reporting, reimbursement process, deadlines, and  possibility of multiple applications for state and federal funding.

Intellectual Capital

There is an old saying that "to get started in farming and ranching, you either have to inherit land from family, marry into it or be lucky enough to have a generous, rich neighbor gift it to you." It is tempting to look at successful producers who have a considerable amount of land and think that anyone could be successful with such a head start. Some producers who lack access to capital without land equity can become discouraged or frustrated. This is particularly true among young and beginning farmers.

Wild Goose Farms: Environmental Stewards

Growing up watching his father farm in North Florida, it was Chuck Allison’s dream to be a farmer. After college, he began learning about business and agriculture from A. Duda and Sons, and later had a twenty-four year career managing agricultural investments and running the agricultural division at Prudential. Currently, Chuck resides on the board for A. Duda and Sons, a company that was influential in his early agribusiness career.

Hard work makes for a bright future with this Champion

The month of January is an exciting month for the 4-H and FFA youth that show at the Polk County Youth Fair. They finalize record books, pick out that perfect cake recipe or try to get the last few pounds on their market animals. This year the Grand Champion Commercial Steer belonged to Kaydee Clark, granddaughter of Farm Credit of Central Florida member Ray Clark.

Plant City Chamber of Commerce Salute to Agriculture

Farm Credit of Central Florida is a member owned cooperative. As a cooperative, we follow the seven cooperative principles, one of which is concern for community.

We support the communities we serve and the people and businesses who we do business with, who too have concern for their communities.

Farm Credit is a proud sponsor of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Agriculture Awards Luncheon. The Chamber honored two Farm Credit members and a business who offers our point-of-sale equipment financing, Farm Credit Express, for their commitment and support of Plant City’s community and agriculture.

Plant City Chamber of Commerce Salute to Agriculture

Farm Credit of Central Florida is a member owned cooperative. As a cooperative, we follow the seven cooperative principles, one of which is concern for community.

We support the communities we serve and the people and businesses who we do business with, who too have concern for their communities.

Farm Credit is a proud sponsor of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Agriculture Awards Luncheon. The Chamber honored two Farm Credit members and a business who offers our point-of-sale equipment financing, Farm Credit Express, for their commitment and support of Plant City’s community and agriculture.

Plant City Chamber of Commerce Salute to Agriculture

Farm Credit of Central Florida is a member owned cooperative. As a cooperative, we follow the seven cooperative principles, one of which is concern for community.

We support the communities we serve and the people and businesses who we do business with, who too have concern for their communities.

Farm Credit is a proud sponsor of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Agriculture Awards Luncheon. The Chamber honored two Farm Credit members and a business who offers our point-of-sale equipment financing, Farm Credit Express, for their commitment and support of Plant City’s community and agriculture.

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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