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Nov 6, 2019 | Crop Insurance

The disruptions in propane supplies are compounding an already challenging growing season marked by late plantings and a delayed harvest.

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Feb 19, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Already Suited for Ag Jobs, Veterans Get Resume Tips

Veterans arrive in the private sector job-ready. As an ag lender, FCSAmerica has an additional reason to recruit vets: About 45 percent of armed service members come from rural America and understand our customers and their businesses.

Feb 3, 2015 | From the Farm

Ag-Ceptional Woman Guides Farm, Family through Tragedy

The Ag-ceptional award recognizes one woman each year for the excellence she brings to agriculture. Dawn Winkelbauer, whose family has a farm and dairy near Norfolk, Nebraska, recently was named Ag-ceptional Woman of the Year.

Jan 22, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Moderate

A softening in the farmland market is reflected in the reduction in benchmark farm values. However, weakened cropland values have been slightly offset by gains in pasture values.

Jan 13, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Crop Insurance 101

Choosing the right crop insurance doesn’t have to be complicated. Steve Johnson breaks the decision down to a few key points to help producers decide between ARC and PLC.

Jan 7, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

#SpoonSalute to American Farmers Raises $10,000

We are closing our #spoonsalute campaign with a $10,000 donation to help fight hunger in our four-state territory, but there is no end to the gratitude embodied in each spoon salute shared through Facebook and Twitter.

Dec 30, 2014 | Rural Communities

Easing Hunger Over Winter Break

Feeding South Dakota helps ease the hunger pangs of school-age children over winter break.

Dec 11, 2014 | Crop Insurance

Tools to Managing Commodity Price Volatility

With interest rates still near historical all-time lows, agriculture producers have a prime opportunity to structure debt and focus on working capital to withstand commodity price volatility.

Dec 4, 2014 | From the Farm

Iowa Greenhouse Produces Holiday’s Showy Star

Council Bluffs grower and CEO Todd Johnson and his crew began cultivating about 200,000 poinsettias back in early summer. Now show worthy, these stars of the holiday season are being shipped by the thousands to stores across the region.

Nov 25, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Ethanol Producers Use ’14 to Build Resiliency, Opportunity for Future

FCSAmerica began financing the renewable fuels industry more than a decade ago as an extension of our mission to finance rural America. Today, our renewable fuels team finances approximately 50 ethanol production facilities throughout the Midwest, serving in the roles of lead lender and participant.

Nov 12, 2014 | Crop Insurance

ARC and PLC Training Videos Available

The first three videos in the Helping Finalize Decision for Election/Enrollment in the New Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) vs. Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs video series have been are available on YouTube via fcsamerica.com/farm-bill-2014.

Nov 11, 2014 | From the Farm

Iowa Soldier Farms to Build Sustainable Afghanistan

First Lt. Scott Rottinghaus is a farmer and a soldier. While stationed in Kunar, one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous provinces, he combined his two loves to serve his country as a soldier-farmer. As part of the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agri-Business Development Team, Rottinghaus drew on his life a crop and livestock producer to teach Afghanis about sustainability and food safety.

Oct 28, 2014 | Crop Insurance

Help Available in Choosing Right Crop Insurance

Producers have until March 31, 2015, to decide between PLC and ARC. FCSAmerica has a number of resources to help producers make the best crop insurance decision for their operations.

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