The Commercial Line

Agritainment – What’s the Issue?

In today’s agricultural scene, farmers have become creative in finding new ways to earn income in addition to the traditional farming practices of growing crops or raising livestock. One of those supplemental avenues is called agritainment, which is also known as agritourism.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA)

In June 2013, an article was published in Westfield’s The Commercial Line blog outlining some of the main points included in the “most sweeping reform to the food production industry in 80 years.” The overall goal of these reforms is to shift to a proactive response to food contamination, rather than a reactive one. This is being done with the addition of prevention-based controls across the industry.

Top 5 Challenges of Animal Production

Animal production essentially refers to livestock and poultryfarms, whose core responsibilities include maintaining animal health, providing shelter, breeding animals, supplying feed and disposing of animal wastes.

While this industry may be far from the minds of many businesses, it is a substantial component of the U.S. economy. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, “Livestock and poultry account for over half of U.S. agricultural cash receipts, often exceeding $100 billion per year.”

Do Farmers Need Equipment Breakdown Coverage?

The simple answer is yes, because all farms have equipment breakdown exposure.

Farming operations continue to evolve in an effort to improve overall efficiencies and reduce costs. Today’s farms depend on many types of electrical, mechanical, and high tech computer equipment. Many farm and farm risks do not realize how vulnerable they are to an expensive equipment breakdown loss that could paralyze their operations.