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Which loan is best for your ag borrower? Scorecard vs traditional

Our quick guide lays out the differences between our scorecard model and our traditional review for ag loans.

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Farm Bill 2023: Don’t let growing needs for disaster relief crowd out the crop insurance program

Much of the agricultural sector wants Congress to continue its support of the crop insurance program.

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Bridging the rural divide: Broadband is poised for massive expansion

Access to reliable high-speed internet isn’t just nice to have for rural communities. It's essential infrastructure for personal use and business.

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Main Street economy: 6 issues to watch in 2023

Labor challenges, health care access, farmland prices — these are just some of the top Main Street economic issues that will be top of mind as we enter 2023.

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Brandon Lytle thrives on building new solutions in the ag finance space

Brandon Lytle finds meaning in building a career that honors his ag roots, and draws inspiration from being at the leading edge of agribusiness lending solutions.

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Prosperity in the heartland: Core traits of a thriving rural economy

As a lender, you have the pulse of local business. To inspire your vision for future pathways of growth, we put together a list of five traits of thriving rural economies.

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Farm Bill 2023: Why lending organizations make powerful agri-advocates, and what they can do

Five years of agricultural policy is on the line as Congress gets ready to take up the 2023 Farm Bill.

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What is the state of the rural economy?

Understanding the challenges of your local economy is step one of identifying solutions and being a trusted resource for your clients.

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Learn about the time and cost saving ag-appraisal programs from Agri-Access

Appraisal programs designed to save time and cost add value to the loan process.

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Cyberthreats and agriculture: Bolstering protection during Cybersecurity Awareness Month and beyond

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a great opportunity for ag lending partners to remind clients how to keep their data protected.

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Handshake deals versus written agreements: Understanding the stakes for ag producers

Handshake agreements are still common in agri-business, but do they put ag clients at financial risk?

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Kayla Stockdale finds purpose and work-life balance at Agri-Access

As Kayla Stockdale grows into her role as a loan servicing specialist, she's quick to embrace the idea of making a difference for farmers.

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Steph Lawson harnesses the power of trust and collaboration to resolve issues

To Steph Lawson, Agri-Access has a great team that works hard to create successful outcomes. And that kind of track record wouldn't be possible without a healthy work culture.

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Webinar recap: What will happen with interest rates in 2023?

Providing a deep dive on the U.S. economy and what to expect with interest rates, Agri-Access welcomed guest speaker Adam Gaskill for this month's webinar.

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Trends & matters that should be on the radar of ag lenders

Ag banks and lenders that stay on top of the emerging world of fintech can provide empowering new solutions for farmers

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Fintech: Traditional lenders hold the key to eliminating disruption to their ag customers

Traditional lenders are turning to fintechs to meet the needs of their ag customers and enhance their technological capabilities.

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Participation loans with Agri-Access

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.

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What do our employees like most about working at Agri-Access?

If you thrive on teamwork, problem solving and opportunity, you’ll find your fit with Agri-Access! Because these are the things our employees love about working with us!

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Meet the expert that will help you grow: The Agri-Access relationship manager

In their own words, these Relationship Managers share how to strengthen critical relationships between community lenders and the producers that turn to them for capital.

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7 Steps to Loan Participation

Thanks to our revamped online lender portal, the speed and efficiency at which loans can move from application to closed has increased considerably, in just 7 steps.

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Smart growth: Meet the emerging technologies that will boost yields for farmers and growers

Technological expansion over the next five years presents new opportunities in ag lending.

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Powered by a deep background in ag, Philip Clark thrives on finding solutions

Philip Clark, Manager of Credit at Agri-Access, finds his deep background in ag finance and farming complements everything he does.

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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.

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Understanding collateral in agricultural financing

The valuation of collateral in agricultural financing matters, but so does the use of collateral.

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6 key strategies for rural banks to retain customers and grow business

Community banks, when you get down to it, are a rich resource for local ag producers. Here are some ideas and strategies to show your value.

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5 startups to watch in agtech

With innovative ideas, exciting products and an impressive response from investors, these startups are showing a lot of promise.

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The importance of cybersecurity for online lending

We know you take cybersecurity very seriously and trust us to secure your data. That means we’re regularly monitoring our online Lender Portal for vulnerabilities and taking action when needed.

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How Russia’s war on Ukraine could impact U.S. wheat

Ukraine has long been an international breadbasket. Now, war is having an enormous global impact on this crucial crop.

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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.

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8 safety steps for farmers worried about wildfires

Farmers facing wildfires can take action to help protect themselves and their assets with these 8 key safety steps.

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India agtech vs US agtech: Distinct, but not without overlap

When it comes to India agtech vs. U.S. agtech, a lot is dependent on the unique challenges farmers in each region face.

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Does the digital transformation mean the end of brick-and-mortar community banks?

Is the day fast approaching when banks will be disappearing from Main Street, USA? Not likely, say the experts.

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The profit potential of regenerative agriculture

Can regenerative agriculture lead to higher profits, better quality of life and a cleaner environment? The research is in, and the answers may just surprise you.

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US inflation vs. agricultural production

US inflation is the highest it's been in 40 years. How are agricultural producers likely to be impacted?

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Agritourism: How it can help producers prosper

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.

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All about alternative crops and rare commodities

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.

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More loans, lower amounts mark the end of 2021

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.

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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!

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What will happen to farmland values in 2022?

Predicting the future of farmland values in 2022 isn't easy, but the mood is optimistic.

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Indoor farming companies: Can they be successful?

Investors are throwing jaw-dropping amounts at indoor farming start-ups, but their profitability remains a major question. Just what does it take for these operations to be successful?

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