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FINANCING NUT CROPS. WHAT IS THE LENDER’S APPROACH?

By Roy Martin
February 26, 2020
Category: Ag Financing

Nut crops favor very warm climates, and this climate limitation concentrates most of the production to the far western states.  There are commonalities among the various nut crops, but there are also come big differences.


Let’s explore what a real estate lender might be looking for when considering a loan request for collateral containing nut crops:


1.    Climate/Collateral Locatio... Continue reading

Tags: nut crops permanent plantings pistachios almonds raisins nuts farming orchards
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3 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT IN OVERCOMING CURRENT DAIRY INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

By Conterra Ag
February 24, 2020
Category: Agriculture

Many in the U.S. dairy industry have been through well-documented struggles in recent years. Some say dairy industry challenges are causing massive structural changes and edging out family farmers. Multigenerational dairy farms are indeed shuttering around the country as consolidation and market pressure force difficult and sometimes painful decisions when further expansion or diversification aren’t viable options. Whether it’s a natural evolution of the dairy marketplace or a consequence of industry changes, it’s a painf... Continue reading

Family dairy farmers face an uphill climb but have options to build efficiency
Tags: Dairy industry challenges
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Women in Agriculture – Navigating Leadership

By Jackie Mosier
February 20, 2020
Category: Agriculture

The landscape of the modern woman in agriculture has made quite a transformation.  Women are taking their seat at the table as decision makers, CEOs, partners, farm owners, and it is not stopping there.  Women are looking to curate a solid platform to ensure agriculture remains relevant while ensuring the truth about agriculture is accurately told.  This has led to the Women in Ag (WIA) initiative which provides tools, resources, and training to women.  WIA, is providing the space needed to create indu... Continue reading

Tags: women in ag farming agriculture female farmers ag lending ag finance women CEO women leaders
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Financing Permanent Crops in the West: 4 Things Lenders Consider

By Jerred Davis
February 12, 2020
Category: Ag Financing

The Western U.S. differs from the rest of the country in many ways.  The West, especially California, is one of the most productive places in the world in terms of food production.  California alone produces more than 400 different commodities in part to the climate, topography, and availability of water through the complex systems of delivery.  It is important lenders analyze every deal individually, recognizing there are different strengths and weaknesses with each borrower.  What do lenders look for?<... Continue reading

Tags: farming California row crops farmland farmers financing lending agfinance agribusiness vineyards orchards
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PERMANENT CROPS AS REAL ESTATE COLLATERAL - 4 TIPS TO CONSIDER

By Conterra Ag
February 03, 2020
Category: Ag Financing

In the more temperate climates of the West, there are millions of acres of permanent crops.  Nut crops, vineyards and tree fruit dot the landscape everywhere you look.  What will real estate lenders be looking for?

When you’ve gone to your operating lender and they, for various reasons, have decided not to loan on your real state, then you will need to seek out an experienced long term ag real estate lender.  They will, of course, be analyzing your cash flow capabilities, but the... Continue reading

Tags: Permanent Plantings Farming Rowcrops agribusiness agfinance agrealestate agriculture lending
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PLAN BUDGETS WITH FUNDAMENTALS, NOT GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS

By Conterra Ag
January 08, 2020
Category: Ag Financing

The last month of 2019 saw signs that there is life in the ag economy. But some of that life isn't fundamental to the ag marketplace and could throw a wrench in 2020 farm financial planning, making it of utmost importance to stay focused on sound, fundamental decision-making and not get distracted by things like trade wars and resulting farm payments.

 

Multiple reports toward the end of 2019 indicated the year was wrapping up with improved financial performance and resulting sentiment in... Continue reading

Government payments can throw a wrench in long-term budget planning.
Tags: AgFinance Agribusiness Farming budgets tariffs government bailouts
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3 Looming Factors for Farm Financial Health as 2019 Winds Down

By Conterra Ag
October 22, 2019
Category: Ag Financing

With last week's release of the latest Beige Book, the summary of commentary on current economic conditions in each of the nation's 12 Federal Reserve districts, Fed officials painted a picture of gradual financial attrition for ag producers in each district. But the data may not paint the full picture of the impact of declining markets. Loan delinquency, machinery financing and the ongoing trade dispute are three big factors to watch in the near future as ag producers wrap up 2019 production. 

 

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Tags: Fed Beige Book Machinery Financing Trade disputes Tarrifs Ag Finance Loan Delinquency Agriculture Farming Federal Reserve
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DON’T LET OPTIMISM GET IN THE WAY OF GOOD FINANCIAL DECISIONS

By Conterra Ag
September 27, 2019
Category: Ag Financing

Farmers are eternal optimists, and rightfully so. Raising a crop takes a lot of hope. Planting a seed in the ground, tending it for months — through sometimes impossibly challenging weather and environmental conditions — and expecting a bountiful crop takes both a diverse skillset as well as the right mentality. Optimism is almost a pre-requisite for being a successful farmer.

 

But when times are tight and markets strain revenue potential, this mentality sometimes can be harmful. Sure, ti... Continue reading

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Tags: Ag barometer ag financing agriculture ag lending conterra agribusiness farming ranching dairy farming CBOE VIX
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FINANCING FARMLAND

By Conterra Ag
September 06, 2019
Category: Ag Lending

Financial awareness and adaptability are important to ag lenders.

 

In a challenging marketplace like the one grain farmers have faced in the last few years, expanding an operation by adding acres can be tough, especially for young or less-established farmers. Even when markets are more bullish, competition can keep some buyers on the sideline when a nearby 40-, 80- or quarter-section of land becomes available.

 

No matter the dynami... Continue reading

BUYING FARMLAND? HERE ARE THREE TIPS TO GET IT FINANCED
Tags: buying farmland farmland lending ag agricultural lending ag lending ag finance agribusiness purchase land
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CREATING A LONG-TERM BUSINESS PLAN

By Conterra Ag
August 11, 2019
Category: Ag Financing
Ask the right questions and think like a lender when assessing your business’s viability.

 

Planning ahead is a critical component of any successful ag venture, from the smallest farm to the largest agribusiness. Though it’s important to think ahead in the short-term to help guide effective day-to-day work and decision-making, it’s even more imperative to plan for the long-term success of a farm or ag business.

 

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THREE STEPS TO A SOLID LONG-TERM PLAN FOR YOUR OPERATION
Tags: Agribusiness Business plan farm business ag lending farming ag business
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KNOW YOUR CREDIT SCORE

By Conterra Ag
May 28, 2019
Category: Ag Financing

It’s a simple three-digit number that can make a difference worth thousands of dollars in how you finance and manage your ag operation. Knowing your credit score is important; but even more critical is knowing how you can improve it. Improving your score can help in the long run so finance charges don’t add up and erode the revenue potential of your farm or ranch.

 

A credit score speaks to the management of both your business and your pers... Continue reading

Preferential financing options grow with stronger credit scores.
Tags: CREDIT SCORE Finances Ag Finance Agribusiness Credit Lending Ag Loan Ag Lending Agriculture Farming Farm Credit
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THE BENEFITS OF PLANNING AHEAD

By Conterra Ag
April 22, 2019
Category: Ag Financing

It’s a common refrain among too many farmers and ranchers today: “We know we need an estate plan, but we don’t have it yet. We’ll get to it one of these days.”

 

Often, “one of these days” never arrives, then an abrupt, unplanned change happens — a farm patriarch or matriarch passes away, a family divide develops, or the next generation steers away from taking the reins of the farm — and suddenly, you have a major problem. Changing family and business dynamics means you’re going to have to ma... Continue reading

5 tips to start your estate planning
Tags: Estate Planning Farmer Rancher Estate Retirement Trusts Ag Finance Finances Family Farming Taxes Death Tax Farming Agriculture
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How's Your Farm's Liquidity?

By Conterra Ag
March 19, 2019
Category: Ag Financing

A trio of factors continue to increase financial stress on a lot of farms around the U.S., though there are indicators of how much damage that stress is inflicting and what it means to future financial viability.

 

At the 2019 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in February, Economic Research Service (ERS) Economist Greg Lyons presented data showing how the seven-year downturn in grain markets is influencing key variables that indicate farm operations' financial strength — namely farm incomes,... Continue reading

Think short-and long term to strengthen your farm's financial footing
Tags: farming agriculture ag finance agribusiness usda ERS Data Greg Lyons Ag News interest rates grain markets
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