With participation loans, the benefits abound. Clients can access larger loans than their local institution could normally offer. And those institutions can build their client relationships, while reducing their overall risk.
Tim McTigue is all about growth, and that’s a good thing for producers
Tim McTigue joined Agri-Access in December 2021 as Director Business Development. From his first job, Tim recognized the critical role of lending in agriculture, and knew he wanted to make a difference in rural communities.
How FinTech is Disrupting the Agricultural Industry
FinTech is leading the charge to disrupt the agricultural banking industry, with a generally positive response from producers across the world. Keeping up with innovation is no longer a luxury. It's a necessity and an opportunity to provide better service.
What do hayrides, hunting and house tours have in common? They can all be the basis of a successful agritourism venture! Read all about these businesses ideas and how they can help producers profit in our latest blog.
Will jojoba and ostriches replace soybeans and turkeys? Probably not anytime soon, but that doesn't mean these alternative crops don't present some exciting opportunities for creative-minded producers.
Low interest rates throughout 2021 seemed poised to create optimal conditions for lenders. However, Q4 ultimately disappointed. The driving factor was smaller loan sizes across the board. We take a look at why things shook out the way they did.
Learning all the time: An interview with Client Education Specialist Sherri Korte
Sherri Korte has hit the ground running, already finding ways to improve client onboarding to our lender portal. We're thrilled to have her join our team, and to introduce her to you as Agri-Access' new Client Education Specialist!
The Agri-Tech Rundown: 3 More Innovations To Watch For
You asked, we delivered! Here are three more exciting new technologies poised to make an impact on the world of agriculture. From custom microbes to walking robots, there's no denying that the future is now.
How closing coordinator Karina Vega does it all (all at once)
If you look up 'busy' in the dictionary, you might just see a picture of closing coordinator Karina Vega. We had a delightful time talking with her about how she balances a new full-time job, being a full-time student and a mom of three.
One of the most complex and emotional tasks an agricultural loan specialist can take on is helping with farm succession planning. Keeping the business in the family can be a lot of work, but Agri-Access is always ready to help ensure the loan transfer goes smoothly.
Wind turbine leases have changed a lot in a very short amount of time. When Agri-Access’ loan servicers first started working with renewable energy companies, the process of leasing turbine land was often arduous. The restrictions were extensive, to the point where the negatives outweighed the benefits for many.
Agricultural conditions in California have been the subject of a lot of well-justified worry lately. Ongoing crippling drought has accelerated long-predicted severe water shortages by several decades. And the risk of wildfires has led to soaring insurance costs. Learn more:
With banking partners across the country, Agri-Access has a lot of experience working with all types of commodities. Orchards, row crops, timber land, livestock operations — whatever it is, odds are good we’ve seen it before.
Diane Zelhart Walks Us Through What’s Changing For Appraisals
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in finance and ag business from Illinois State University, Diane wanted to continue with a life in agriculture. So, she dove straight into the world of agricultural and rural real estate appraisal. Now she’s joined Agri-Access, excited to expand her territory and tackle new projects.
What To Look For When Choosing an Agricultural Lender
When it’s time to support a customer’s growth or to grow your own business, the right agricultural loan can make all the difference. You just have to find it.
Doing so isn’t always easy. Agriculture is a unique business and it's in your best interest to find a lender who understands its nuances and unique considerations.
With that being said, here are our strategies for the best ways to find an agricultural lender to support your project or your portfolio.
Thirty-seven years. That’s how long Kari York, Senior Loan Specialist, has been with Agri-Access and its parent company. Whatever your questions, whatever your challenges, Kari’s got the knowledge and experience to find a solution.
Talking Coworkers, Culture and Checklists with Senior Closing Coordinator Madeline Mehmedovic
After years of closing multi-million-dollar loans, Madeline was able to hit the ground running in her new position. However, with the incredible range of commodities and properties that agri-business encompasses, she feels it's essential to always be asking questions and improving her knowledge.
Joscelyn Smith Works Towards New Marketing Initiatives
As Marketing Specialist, Joscelyn’s strengths in writing and communications have been integral to the development of Agri-Access’ brand and voice. From mass communications to website content, everything goes through her at some stage in its development.
From startups to industry behemoths, there is a lot of buzz going around about agricultural technology. Since farming began, the drive to produce a better harvest has been constant. These emerging innovations are promising to accelerate us down that trajectory.