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Every Operation Counts as USDA Begins Ag Census

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture. The goal is to get a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Information collected includes land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income, and expenditures.


Are you a food producer who’s considering whether to sell your products to wholesale markets? MarketReady is a one-day workshop to help Iowa farmers sell food to restaurants, grocery stores, food service buyers, and schools.

5 C's of Credit

Getting an agricultural land loan requires a wealth of information, and it is invaluable for a borrower to know what a lender is looking for. AgAmerica Lending’s Chief Credit Officer, Jackie Toenes lends her considerable expertise in explaining the 5 Cs of Credit and how they apply to land lending below.


Selling to Retailers, Foodservice and Restaurants

Producers currently selling directly to consumers through roadside stands, Community Supported Ag (CSAs), or farmers' markets may be interested in establishing relationships with retailers or foodservice distributors, as well. Distributors provide access to larger markets that do not routinely trade with producers. They also provide transportation and storage facilities that might be cost-prohibitive for producers. Producers can then reach a larger customer base that would be impractical by themselves.
Distributor considerations.