Ag Lender Eastern Region
Meet Robby Frantzis
Conterra’s Eastern Region Lending Expert
Robby is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with the overall agriculture markets in the Southeast region. Robby can meet with you and discuss your operation and find a lending solution tailored to your specific needs.
VP Relationship Manager
Robby Frantzis was born and raised in central Florida. His background in wealth management led Robby to ag finance. With experience working and volunteering at various ranches and farms across the southeast and Texas, Robby developed a deep passion for agriculture and an understanding of the needs of individual operations. An avid hunter and fisher, Robby enjoys spending his free time outdoors.
Robby appreciates the ability to effectively and efficiently structure loans for his Conterra clients and sees Conterra’s competitive advantage over agriculture lenders across the U.S. with our various loan products, highly competitive rates, and the relationships built within the American agricultural industry.
Focusing on the Southeast, Robby has benefited from his work with various farmers and ranchers. He understands current and future markets and is able to provide insight and connect with producers of many different commodities. Conterra has the ability to provide short- and long- term loans that will be beneficial to farmers and rancher during all cycles of agriculture.
Contact Robby to learn more about the products and services Conterra can offer your farm or ranch operation.
Known as the Sunshine State, oranges, sugarcane, vegetables, citrus, and grapefruit are the top agricultural products in Florida. Another significant industry is floriculture and bedding, nursery, propagative materials, sod, food crops grown under class or other protection, and mushroom crops.
Georgia is perennially the number one state in the nation in the production of peanuts broilers (chickens), pecans, blueberries and spring onions. Peanut farmers across the state planted over 420,000 acres of corn and produced 70.2 million bushels in 2020.
North Carolina agriculture can be described in one word: diverse. The state’s 46,000 farms produce top commodities and crops for North Carolina and beyond, with the typical farm averaging about 182 acres in size. Farmland makes up 8.4 million acres of the state’s land. The main commodities are sweet potatoes, tobacco, hogs, turkeys, trout, strawberries, and cucumbers.
South Carolina has more than 25,200 farms spread across its landscape, with an average size of 197 acres each. In total, they encompass about 4.9 million acres of land. The main commodities are broilers, turkeys, greenhouse and nursery products, cotton, and corn.
Virginia agriculture's rich soil and waterways makes the state one of the most diverse venues in the nation. There are 43,225 farms from one end to the other. The state also ranks in the top 15 in many of their commodities. The main commodities in Virginia agriculture are livestock, field crops, fruits, vegetables, poultry, nursery, aquaculture, and vineyards.
West Virginia agriculture crop production, cattle and specialty crops dominate the states output. Traditional agriculture in the state production generates over half-billion dollars each year. The Mountain State has over 95 percent of family-owned farms giving flexibility in how they produce their crops. The main commodities in West Virginia agriculture is leaf tobacco, apples, grapes, peanuts, and tomatoes.
Vermont agriculture primary industry consists of dairying, which produces more than two billion pounds of milk annually. The Green Mountain State is also Americas largest producer of maple syrup. The main commodities in Vermont agriculture are dairy products, beef cattle and calves, greenhouse and nursery products, hay, and maple products.
Maine’s agriculture and natural resources play an important role in the states economy. The state leads the nation in wild blueberries and second for maple syrup. Aquaculture is a huge industry in Maine thanks to the 5,300-mile coastline – the most of any states east of the Mississippi. The main commodities in Main agriculture are eggs, milk, wild blueberry, maple syrup, and potatoes.
New Hampshire agriculture accommodates 4,400 farms with each about 100 acres in size. The Granite State produces a variety of crops which ranks No. 1 in the nation for direct sales and organic sale for the percentage of all farm sales. The main commodities in New Hampshire agriculture are greenhouse and nursery products, dairy products, apple, cattle and calves, and sweet corn
Maryland agriculture is the largest commercial industry in the state. 12,000 farms produce a variety of commodities on approximately 2 million acres. Poultry and eggs top the market value in the state and ranks seventh in boilers producing 30.7 million. The main commodities in Maryland agriculture are poultry, nursery and turf, seafood, dairy, corn, soybeans and horses.
Delaware agriculture is small but has 2,302 farms that produced $1.5 million in sales. Delaware is second in the nation behind California to workout an average of $637,000 per farm in the state. The main commodities in Delaware agriculture are boilers, soybeans, corn for grain, nursery products, and dairy products.
New Jersey agriculture enables the state to hold its own with large fruit, vegetable, and nursery stock production state in the nation. The is home to 103,000 farms with an average size of 71 acres and commodities totaled $1.12 billion in cash receipts in 2011. The main commodities in New Jersey agriculture are greenhouse/nursery products, horses, blueberries, dairy products, and chicken eggs.
New York agriculture makes up one-quarter of the state’s land area, which equals 7.8 million acres. With more than 35,000 farms in the state, New York is the leading producer ranking 1st in cottage cheese. The main commodities in New York agriculture are dairy products, greenhouse and nursery products, apples, cattle and calves, and hay.
Massachusetts agriculture covers more than 80 percent of the state’s 7,700 farms are family owned. In the state, greenhouses, nurseries, and cranberries dominate the states commodities. The Bay State has 7,241 farms on 491,653 acres. The main commodities in Massachusetts are greenhouse and nursery products, cranberries, dairy products, sweet corn and apples.
Kentucky is known for grain farming (soybeans being the most produced grain), poultry, cattle and for thoroughbred horse breeding (over 1 million acres dedicated to horses), ranked number 1 in the nation for burly tobacco production. The average sized farm in KY is 172 acres.
Dairy farming is the largest agricultural industry in Pennsylvania. Farming is prominent in the rural areas of the commonwealth, the southeast in particular Pennsylvania ranks fourth in milk production and ice cream production. Edible mushrooms, fruits, vegetables, tobacco, maple sugar, and Christmas trees are all produced in Pennsylvania.
Connecticut agriculture is home to 5,521 farms spread across 381,539 acres averaging 69 acres and produces 22,000 jobs statewide. Greenhouse and nursery products account for over 50% of Connecticut agricultural production and is ranks 10th in the country for maple syrup production. The main commodities in Connecticut agriculture are greenhouse and nursery products, dairy products, chicken eggs, aquaculture and sweet corn.
Rhode Island farmland covers about 10 percent of the smallest state land over 69,000 acres with 1,243 farms. Aquaculture is also a top producer in the Ocean State including 60 operations. Oysters are the number one aquaculture products in the state and are sold to farmers for eating. The main commodities in Rhode Island agriculture are greenhouse and nursery products, dairy products, sweet corn, aquaculture and apples.
We Understand Agriculture in Your Area
Conterra understands the challenges facing producers in the eastern regions of the United States. Agriculture in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, West Virginia and others face many challenges like volatile weather patterns. Drainage and water management is a problem facing many producers. Labor shortages are making it hard for farmers in the eastern regions to manage the efficiency of their operations. Conterra is here to provide financial solutions to help manage the many challenges the farmers and ranchers face in rural America. Robby Frantzis is our boots on the ground expert in your area. Contact Robby to learn more about Conterra’s lending programs.