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Oct 28, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

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Mar 24, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Leasing Farm Buildings as Tax Strategy

Whether they are adding grain bins, machine sheds or livestock facilities to their operations, more producers are choosing leases, primarily as a tax management strategy.

Mar 20, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Is Your Biosecurity Plan Built to Defend Against Avian Flu?

Avian flu has been confirmed for the first time in the Mississippi flyway, heightening the need for strong biosecurity and creating uncertainty in the poultry market.

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.

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 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.

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.

Oct 21, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

FCSAmerica – a Co-op Model Worth Celebrating

As a cooperative whose sole mission is to serve agriculture, FCSAmerica is focused on the success of producers.

Oct 10, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Give a #SpoonSalute to Thank America’s Farmers

The cereal box is iconic for its celebration of heroes. And we can’t think of anyone more heroic than the American farmer. So we’ve launched an ad campaign that puts the faces of our customer-owners on the back of five Hy-Vee brand cereals. We invite you to join our tribute to agricultural producers with a #SpoonSalute on social media.

Aug 26, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Five Global Food Trends Reshaping American Farming

Prognosticators say we’ll need as much food in the next 50 years as has been consumed in the past 7,000 years. Learn what this population boom means for American farmers.

Aug 20, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

FCSAmerica Joins “Common Sense Nebraska” Coalition

FCSAmerica has joined the coalition of “Common Sense Nebraska” to build awareness and understanding of an EPA rule that would greatly expand the Clean Water Act to include bodies of water commonly found on or near farms and ranches.

Aug 18, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Live Coverage from Young and Beginning Conference

Follow our live blog from this year’s Side by Side Conference. Nearly 150 young and beginning producers arrive in Omaha this week to network and learn more about their chosen industry.

Aug 7, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Economic Conditions: Dairy, Ethanol, Poultry

Our commodity experts look at the economic factors that shaped second quarter prices, and what it means for the dairy, poultry and ethanol industries.

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