Farm Credit Bank of Texas

FARM CREDIT BANK OF TEXAS, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a cooperatively owned wholesale bank that is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life in rural America by using cooperative principles to provide competitive credit and superior service to our customers. Find out more at FindFarmCredit.com.

Appraisals Go High Tech

Apps, maps, phones and drones help rural appraisers arrive at accurate property values faster than ever.

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Should You Purchase or Lease Farm and Ranch Equipment?

Before you go shopping for a shiny new tractor or pickup truck, consider two things—whether to buy new or used, and whether to finance or lease.

A Shine to Wine: Texas Landowners Look to Vineyards as Alternative to Cropland

Over the past 35 years, scores of individuals have established vineyards and wineries across Texas, some looking for an alternative crop for existing farmland, others pursuing a lifelong desire to operate their own winery.

Tracking the Trend in Land Values

Have you wondered what your land is worth? The only way to truly know its value is to have hard data on market trends. Fortunately, that kind of information is available thanks to a friendship forged over 50 years ago.

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What the New Tax Law Means for Agriculture & Rural Landowners

The largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades went into effect this year, impacting farmers, ranchers and other rural landowners in a variety of ways. For the most part, financial experts anticipate benefits for these groups.

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Livestock Insurance Helps Protect Against Weather and Market Risks

Raising livestock can be a rewarding but sometimes risky business. One risk management tool available to producers is livestock insurance, which can pay off both financially and in terms of peace of mind.

Essential Tips for Getting Your First Farm or Ranch Loan

In some urban areas today, real estate is a seller's market. With numerous buyers lined up for one property, you can miss out on the home of your dreams without a loan pre-approval in hand.

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Find Out What Your Land is Really Worth

Assigning value to your land is no easy task, which is why finding the right information from a reliable source of rural land value trends is crucial.

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Keeping the Past Alive: 10 Architect-Approved Tips for Renovating Historic Homes

Anyone who's ever owned an old house wishes those walls could talk. Here are ten tips for renovating a historic home to keep its storied past alive.

Good Fences, Good Neighbors: What You Need to Know About Fence Laws

Rural landowners know that fence issues can create extremely strained relationships among neighbors. Here's a guide to staying on the right side of the law.

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Harnessing the Sun: A Solar Energy Primer for Farmers & Ranchers

Solar technology helps a Texas couple embrace efficiency and self-sufficiency on their ranch.

On Call for Texas Ranchers: Interview with TSCRA President Dr. Richard Thorpe

As an emergency room doctor and a first-generation rancher, Dr. Richard Thorpe offers a unique perspective as president of Texas’s largest livestock organization.

10 Essential Tips for Buying Rural Property

The key to making smart property purchase decisions is to buy based on facts and information, not emotion. This is critically true when looking at making a rural recreational or investment property purchase.

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10 Best Management Practices for Running a Profitable Ranch

Some folks purchase rural land for pleasure as much as for profit. Motivated by a dream of running a hunting operation, raising cattle or having their own place to roam, they may forget that the land can help pay for itself.

Buying or Selling Rural Real Estate? Know the Lending Lingo

Whether you are purchasing or selling property, it helps to know the lending lingo.

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A Rural Lender is Born: History of the Farm Credit System

The Farm Credit System’s cooperative structure and purpose have not changed in over a century. Having celebrated its centennial in 2016, Farm Credit remains dedicated to the same goals with which it started.

Local Food, Local Ranchers – Texas Style

This holiday season, will the turkey on your table come from Texas? Will your wine be made from West Texas ...

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At Home In The Country – Buying Property Outside the Suburbs

Many Americans are looking for the peace and quiet of the rural countryside, but buying and financing a country dream home is not the same as the suburbs.

Find the Right Lender for your Rural Land Purchase

Imagine this: You found your perfect property in the perfect location at a great price. Your offer was accepted, and ...

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