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Most of you reading this (including ourselves), have no recollection of the Great Depression and have a difficult time imagining what life what like during this period of our history.  For most of us, we hear stories from our parents and grandparents about their life struggles and challenges they faced.   We are fortunate enough. Read More »

By: Dwayne Salem, crop insurance sales representative Welcome back to our Crop Insurance Friday series!  Today, I’ll be discussing some important tips and hints that will help you get the most of your crop insurance coverage, as well as help you decode the lingo that your sales representatives may use during your discussions.  Our goal. Read More »

You won’t hear it directly from them, but we love bragging about our employees.  Each month we celebrate those of our employees that reach their service anniversaries – and that is not something that should go unnoticed! For the month of February, we have five employees that are celebrating career milestones:   Greg Cornwell is a loan office in. Read More »

More farmers and ranchers are getting closer to their customers, and finding that they can capture a higher margin when they grow vegetable or meat products with a specific consumer market in mind.  Are you?   Farmers are benefiting from the “eat local” trend, finding ways to sell direct-to-retail and capture a higher profit margin. Read More »

There is no doubt that women play a significantly different role in agriculture today, than 75 years ago, or even 25 years ago!  Today, women are leaders on the farm, in agribusinesses, government ag agencies, extension programs, and more.  The 2013 Women in Agriculture conference showcases women excelling in the industry and helps women recognize. Read More »

You’ve made a decision to expand your existing business or start a new operation.  The business plan is complete; you’ve figured out the structure of the business; you’ve even considered your customer base. So, now you are wondering, “what is next?”  Next, you are ready to talk to your lender to secure the funds needed. Read More »

by: Teresa Gleockler, crop insurance specialist   Welcome back to our “Crop Insurance Friday” blog series.  Today, I will be discussing our crop insurance partnerships and outlining the basics of insurance.  I have lots to share, so let’s get started:   Our Partnerships When the Farm Service Agency stopped selling crop insurance in 1997, it became. Read More »

On February 1st we offered you some tips and tricks in regards to time management (click here to read the blog).  As a follow up, here are some additional tips to help you manage your time and live a stress free and balanced life:   Notice and enjoy simple pleasures, such as learning or mastering. Read More »

Biotechnology is a collection of technologies applied to medicine, agriculture and environmental management that solve problems or enhance products through cellular and molecular processes.   Agricultural biotechnology increases crop yields, preserves and improves soils, and enhances the control of pests weeds and harmful diseases, in addition to producing healthier foods.  In countries where biotech crops. Read More »

Farmers are truly protectors of the land – they take land stewardship and protecting natural resources really seriously.  And to be honest, we should all follow in their footsteps and do the same.   Conservation tillage, a way of farming that reduces erosion (soil loss) on cropland while using less energy, has grown from 17 percent. Read More »