Category: Agriculture

Harvest Safety

Posted by First BankPosted on Agriculture, General

As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, harvest season is in full swing for many farmers across the country. Although harvest can feel like a routine part of the year, it’s always important to keep in mind that it can also be the most dangerous season of the job. Farmers, workers, friends, and family can all benefit … Read More

Farmers Markets & Supporting our Local Growers

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture, General

Supporting local business is a common initiative in many communities, one of the best ways to do this is to visit a local farmers market. Local businesses, farmers, gardeners, crafters, independent sellers, and artists can all utilize farmers markets to reach new customers. Supporting these local sellers can be a fun activity for community members including families, individuals, and even … Read More

Safety Practices For Your Family Farm

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture

Owning and operating a farm can be hard work. One of the toughest parts is ensuring that everyone stays safe and healthy. According to NIOSH, “Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries; and farming is one of the few industries in which family members (who often share the work and … Read More

The Future Of Farming As A Business

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture

It is believed that farming first began nearly 23,000 years ago, according to Sciencedaily.com. Farming is one of the oldest and most valued past times of the human race. Even the largest of operations carry origins stemming from small and in some cases, ancient practices. How has farming changed over the years and what is still to come? Starting Out … Read More

Women in Farming

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture

aerial view of farmland

When you think about farming you might think this is a male-dominated industry, which it is, but the ratio is changing. According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, in 2012 about 75 percent of farm operators in Iowa were male and 25 percent female, and in 2017 male ownership dropped to 66 percent while women rose to hold 34 percent … Read More

Most Common Agriculture Loans

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture, Loans

Here in Northeast Iowa, we know agriculture is the foundation of who we are. We also understand that loans for your ag business can be confusing and hard to know which is the right one for you. So we want to share the different options available and explain them, so you can keep working hard in the fields and not … Read More

6 Harvest Safety Tips

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture

Fall harvest is here which means there is a lot to do with a small time frame to get it done. Limited time is never a reason to throw safety out the window though, so here are six tips to remember this harvest season to keep you and your family safe. Take breaks and get enough sleep Shut machinery off … Read More

10 Farming Podcasts To Listen To

Posted by First National BankPosted on Agriculture

For any farming or agriculture topic, there is a podcast for it. Whether you are a lifetime farmer, a gardener, or work with livestock, there’s so many shows to choose from. Many including those listed can be found on the Podcast Player from the Android Play Store or under Podcasts on Apple iTunes. Many are free. Farmer to Farmer: This … Read More