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Apr 10, 2023
AgAmerica offers Pivot program to assist farmers

Farmers have another financial tool available, the new AgAmerica Pivot program that is an interactive interest-only calculator to help determine savings by switching to an interest-only product.

Increased productivity pressures

By 2050, the world will need more than 50% more food, but cropland is only estimated to increase by 13% worldwide during that time.

While consumers are feeling the pinch at the grocery store, farmers are feeling the pressure to increase productivity during one of the highest inflationary markets since the late 1980s. To increase productivity, farmers need more cash on hand to invest in their operation. But, as anyone who has purchased a new home in the past two years might know, it’s been a particularly hostile environment for refinancing or purchasing new land due to rising rates. This problem is particularly concerning as global food demand increases, but agricultural land diminishes.

Interest-only payment options could be one way to help farmers continue to grow their operation and increase productivity despite external economic pressures.

“We know it is a difficult financial environment — interest rates and inflation are high. We want to provide a solution that uses the equity in the owner’s land to put more money in their pocket that they could either put to work or use to pay off less flexible debt. Farmers need more financing options in a volatile market  this way they only pay for the interest on the loan until interest rates decrease,” Brian Philpot, CEO for AgAmerica Lending, said.

Features of AgAmerica Pivot program

According to a recent press release, AgAmerica’s new program helps farmers to free up cash flow, invest in upgrades and scale operations.

Production costs increased nearly 19% from 2021 to 2022 and are expected to continue to rise in 2023. Interest-only payment options can help farmers fight rising operation costs by cutting monthly payments and putting more cash back in their pocket.

Farmers can improve their business productivity by putting their money to work. At a time when others have to scale back their operations, farmers can leverage their assets to invest in more farmland.

How some farmers have benefited

The press release also shared how farmers have benefited from the AgAmerica Pivot program.
  • One married couple used the AgAmerica Pivot program to invest $8 million back into their regenerative vineyard in the heart of wine country.
  • A first-generation farmer was able to take full ownership of his farm with a combination of the AgAmerica Pivot program and traditional loan products.
  • A dairy farmer experienced periods of low milk prices and needed to pivot his business. He used the AgAmerica Pivot program to keep overhead low while he stood up a cow-calf operation until he was able to refinance to more conventional terms.
  • The AgAmerica Pivot program helped save a sixth generation farm on the precipice of bankruptcy.
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