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Monday, November 30, 2015

A floral hope in tough times

A floral hope in tough times: As drought looms large on the State’s agriculture sector, farmers are struggling to find ways to sustain their lives and livelihoods. Opting for short term crops, which are in good demand, is one of the options considered by farmers. One such effort is made by Udayakumar Basappa Rajura, a farmer in Benakanala village of Koppal district, who has taken up floriculture since 2012.

Africa can reduce poverty, food insecurity through transforming agriculture - ECA - business - News - StarAfrica.com

Africa can reduce poverty, food insecurity through transforming agriculture - ECA - business - News - StarAfrica.com: “African agriculture is in urgent need of an upgrade and fast-track into 21st century productivity,” said Mr. Adam Elhiraika, Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Division at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in a statement on behalf of the ECA Executive Secretary, during the opening of the African Economic Research Consortium biannual research workshop on ‘Agriculture and Structural Transformation in Africa’ held in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Mr. Elhiraika pointed out that Africa is home to about 60% of the world’s arable land and yet it remains the only region in the developing world where agricultural productivity is both low and falling with per capita output at 56% of the world average.

What will rural populations need to fight unpredictability, uncertainty of climate change? | Devex

What will rural populations need to fight unpredictability, uncertainty of climate change? | Devex: When Heather McGray, director of WRI’s climate resilience practice, thinks about the challenges the world is facing in terms of climate change, “a lot of what we’re facing is unpredictability, uncertainty, new forms of risks that come from not knowing what your weather will be like,” she told Devex.

Innovations in information and information sharing as well as in national policy considerations — the increased use of safety nets for those whose livelihoods are riskier than they used to be, for example — will be crucial moving forward, she said.

Watch the video to find out what McGray is already seeing when it comes to diversity in proposed Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as countries start to think through and determine the priorities that will help them meet their own national vision.

How to secure food under the climate change pressure | Devex

How to secure food under the climate change pressure | Devex: To be more precise, around 90 percent of the Seychelles is forested land, and only 6.5 percent is available as agricultural land. Out of that, about 2.2 percent can be used for farming. The main farming systems in the Seychelles are registered commercial farms and household gardens. The agriculture sector is characterized by rainfed production�and relatively low levels of productivity. It accounts for nearly 1 percent of total exports. Hence, importing food is necessary to feed the Seychellois population.

The Seychelles is, as a low-lying coastal country, inherently vulnerable to climate change, just as the other 51 small island developing states — formally known as the SIDS — spread across the oceans. They all share the same challenges: a hurricane can almost wipe away an entire island, crossing the limits of socio-economic resilience. These small islands do not have the opportunity to create economies of scale, due to a variety of reasons, including high energy and transportation costs, and limited land available for cultivation. Moreover, climate hazards may destroy crops and kill livestock due to either extended droughts or persistent floods.

Red clover genome to help restore sustainable farming

Red clover genome to help restore sustainable farming: Before industrial nitrogen fertiliser production (from fossil fuels), red clover and other legume crops were essential in crop rotation, improving soil fertility. Legumes boost soil nitrate fertility by assimilating nitrogen from the air, recruiting soil bacteria to help - this is considerably more eco-friendly than the equivalent industrial process.
Indeed, environmental concerns and climate change mitigation is putting red clover back in the spotlight. This requires genetic improvements to help boost its performance.

$4 wheat: Will it be $3.30 wheat? Value of the dollar, wheat stocks depress prices

Value of the dollar, wheat stocks depress prices | Wheat content from Southwest Farm Press: Three market factors have the potential to cause Oklahoma and Texas panhandle wheat prices to break $4 on the downside. One is the index of the U.S. dollar against other currencies, and the second is excess wheat stocks. Currently, both are negatively affecting wheat prices — and both could get worse.

U.S. agriculture pays a price to have a relatively strong economy. Since June 2014, the index of the U.S. dollar against major currencies has increased from 80.4 to 100.7.� At this writing, the index is 99.4. When compared to other major currencies, the index of the U.S. dollar has increased 24 percent.

Head to Head: Winter Price Direction | Agweb.com

Head to Head: Winter Price Direction | Agweb.com: The corn market has settled into a sideways range since early September, when the uncertainty of the 2015 corn crop began to decline.�

Sunday, November 29, 2015

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans: Live chat, updates from NRG Stadium | NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans: Live chat, updates from NRG Stadium | NOLA.com: The New Orleans Saints (4-6) will try to right the ship two weeks after losing to the Redskins, 47-14, and�firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

They'll try to do that against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Saints vs. Texans: What's the Game Plan for New Orleans? | Bleacher Report

Saints vs. Texans: What's the Game Plan for New Orleans? | Bleacher Report: After a bye in Week 11, the New Orleans Saints will hit the road to take on the Houston Texans in a Sunday afternoon matchup.

The Saints (4-6) are looking to snap a two-game losing skid, but head coach Sean Payton's club will have to do so in unfriendly territory against a 5-5 Texans squad that has won three straight.

New Orleans, which ranks dead last in the NFL in total defense, will be playing in its first game without former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Following their 47-14 Week 10 loss to the Washington Redskins, the Saints fired Ryan, who was in the midst of his third season in New Orleans.

Recalling a post-World War II floral industry pioneer | The Tribune

Recalling a post-World War II floral industry pioneer | The Tribune: “One night, I was kidnapped. I was taken to the far end of the camp, where there was an empty barracks and was put in a chair right in the middle of the room. There were about 15 guys sitting around the room who accused me of being a traitor. They said that I was only looking after the interests of the pro-American internees instead of the pro-Japanese.”

The education of Yoshimi (Shimi) Shibata, who would later marry Grace Eto of a Los Osos farming family, included learning experiences outside his classes at the University of California and Ohio State University.

Review: Trumbo | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment

Review: Trumbo | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment: Politics and popular culture collided as never before in the Hollywood blacklist era of the late 1940s and ’50s. Hysteria over the “red menace” represented by Soviet-style communism led the U.S. Congress to establish the House Un-American Activities Committee, which interrogated members of the Hollywood creative community (and other industries) for alleged communist sympathies, requiring them to name others with “questionable” political affiliations.

Boulevard American Bistro opens in Metairie | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment

Boulevard American Bistro opens in Metairie | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment: Boulevard American Bistro (4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-889-2301) is now open for lunch and dinner in the former Houston’s spot in Metairie.

The restaurant is the latest project from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, which also runs French Quarter restaurants Broussard’s, Kingfish and the Bombay Club. Following Houston’s shutter, which surprised many loyal customers, the restaurant group tapped�Robert Hardie, who oversaw operations at the restaurant for 17 years before it closed, to serve as general manager and partner at the new eatery.�

Hardie said at the time he looked forward to “welcoming back the community” with the new restaurant and said renovations to the space would be minimal.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ontario farmland: threatened by urban sprawl

Ontario farmland: threatened by urban sprawl: Southern Ontario is the most heavily populated area in Canada. The region is colloquially known as the “Golden Horseshoe”, the relatively prosperous area stretching from just east of Toronto, around the end of Lake Ontario, through Hamilton to St Catharines and the Niagara Peninsula.

Although relatively heavily populated and a long time manufacturing and industrial region, it also has some of the country’s best farmland, including one of the two rare places in Canada currently capable of growing tender fruit such as peaches cherries, and plums, and of course wine grapes. The Niagara Peninsula is one of two major wine regions in Canada.

A future for Sequim’s farmland - Sequim Gazette

A future for Sequim’s farmland - Sequim Gazette: Since 1950 the amount of farmland in Clallam County has declined by 70 percent, leaving about 20,000 acres accessible.

At that rate, an average of about 1,000 acres per year of local farmland disappears, Tom Sanford, North Olympic Land Trust executive director, said.

“Sequim is a farm town and our community reflects that in so many ways, even though farming isn’t anything like it once was,” Joe Holtrop, Clallam Conservation District executive director, said. “As we lose farmland, we lose a critical part of what helped create our character.”

Sequim continues to be home to the oldest festival in the state, the Sequim Irrigation Festival that began when the first headgate on the Dungeness River was lifted to allow for irrigation in 1895 — A lingering indicator of the historic importance of agriculture in the valley.

Farmland: A Growing Investment Option | Seeking Alpha

Farmland: A Growing Investment Option | Seeking Alpha: The last 20 years have seen a new asset category grow in popularity… farmland.

And it's easy to see why, because farmland is profitable.

In fact, the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries' ((NCREIF)) Farmland Index had an average annual return of 12% over 20 years.

That beat the NCREIF's Commercial Property Index and the S&P 500's return of about 9%. It also topped investment-grade corporate bonds, which had returns in the 7% range.

More California farmland could vanish as water shortages loom beyond drought | The Sacramento Bee

More California farmland could vanish as water shortages loom beyond drought | The Sacramento Bee: His almond trees have turned a ghostly gray, and his grapevines are shriveling.

After two years without water, Garrett Rajkovich’s farm in western Fresno County is dying. It might never be farmed again. Approximately 1,200 acres face the prospect of permanent retirement.

The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss | US news | The Guardian

The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss | US news | The Guardian: On a day when the skies were ashen from the smoke of distant wildfires, Chase Hurley kept his eyes trained on the slower-moving disaster at ground level: collapsing levees, buckling irrigation canals, water rising up over bridges and sloshing over roads.

This is the hidden disaster of California’s drought. So much water has been pumped out of the ground that vast areas of the Central Valley are sinking, destroying millions of dollars in infrastructure in the gradual collapse.

Four years of drought – and the last two years of record-smashing heat – have put water in extremely short supply.

Researchers find blue crab in state's portion of Mississippi : Outdoors

Researchers find blue crab in state's portion of Mississippi : Outdoors: A blue crab recently surprised resource scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) during fish sampling on the Mississippi River. The fish sampling was part of a statewide paddlefish research project which is checking the quality of sport fish in Missouri's large rivers, tributaries and lakes. The researchers are looking for quality, self-sustaining wild populations of paddlefish to ensure harvest opportunities for both sport and commercial fishing.

Nick Kramer, a graduate student at Southeast Missouri State University, was with colleagues Wes Sleeper and Mark Hempel, when he pulled a net for the paddlefish project and came up with the blue crab. The group is working in cooperation with MDC, alongside Frank Nelson, MDC wetlands ecologist.

Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State: Things to watch during Egg Bowl 2015 | gulflive.com

Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State: Things to watch during Egg Bowl 2015 | gulflive.com: This year's Egg Bowl is a much-anticipated matchup between ranked teams with impressive offenses featuring solid quarterback play and talented receivers.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hospers Farmland Sells For $17,300 An Acre | KIWARadio.com

Hospers Farmland Sells For $17,300 An Acre | KIWARadio.com: �Despite low agricultural commodity prices, northwest Iowa farmland still seems to be in high demand — with buyers willing to pay near-record prices.

At a Sioux County land auction held recently�near Hospers, a tract of 154 acres sold for more than 17-thousand dollars an acre. Jim Klein of Remsen was the auctioneer for that sale.

Chinese Drone Maker Plows Into Agriculture

Chinese Drone Maker Plows Into Agriculture - WSJ: premises: China’s SZ DJI Technology Co., the world’s top consumer-drone maker, is setting its sights on the agriculture industry with the launch of a crop sprayer...

Harrah's Tunica future unclear as firm buys complex for $3M

Harrah's Tunica future unclear as firm buys complex for $3M: An executive with a Florida company buying the former Harrah's property in Tunica County says the company doesn't know yet what it will do with the complex.

"Over the next few months, TJM will be deciding how to best reposition the property," wrote Matt McCarthy, TJM Properties' director of operations and acquisitions, in an email. "Although the exact details are still being sorted out, TJM is considering both reopening the property, or selling parcels to interested buyers."

What Does the TPP Deal Mean for U.S. Farmers? | Agweb.com

What Does the TPP Deal Mean for U.S. Farmers? | Agweb.com: On October 5, 2015, negotiators from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries completed work on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, an effort which had stretched over more than seven years through two Presidential administrations. �The other countries involved in this agreement include Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Vietnam, Peru, Brunei, and Malaysia. �Combined, TPP countries account for about 40 percent of the world’s GDP.

USDA Forecasts Big Drop in Net Farm Income | Agweb.com

USDA Forecasts Big Drop in Net Farm Income | Agweb.com: In an�announcement that will surprise no one in agriculture, USDA on Tuesday said that net farm income is expected to slide 38.2% in 2015, thanks to low prices in crops and livestock.

Could a Soybean Price Rally Be on the Way? - Soybeans - News | Agweb.com

Could a Soybean Price Rally Be on the Way? - Soybeans - News | Agweb.com: Typically, the markets are pretty quiet during short holiday weeks like this one. But this week, U.S. soybean prices ping-ponged as the trade anticipated a lowering of Argentina’s export taxes following the election of a new president on Sunday.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Last Thanksgiving for a Family Tradition - WSJ

The Last Thanksgiving for a Family Tradition - WSJ: Sardis, Miss.

When Thanksgiving comes, our family will head to the farm, as we have for the past 50 years. From Los Angeles to Boston and in between, we’ll make our way to a house in rural Mississippi. The difference, this year, is that it will likely be the last time.

Family traditions come to an end, sometimes abruptly, sometimes gradually, as people drift apart. Our family has foreseen the end for years, but we have been reluctant to make the call. How do you know when the time has come for a ritual to cease?

Volunteers, French Quarter Festivals staff decorate Jackson Square for Christmas | New Orleans - WDSU Home

Volunteers, French Quarter Festivals staff decorate Jackson Square for Christmas | New Orleans - WDSU Home: Thousands of white lights and dozens of giant red and gold bows are now adorning Jackson Square.

For the 10th year, French Quarter Festivals Inc. has been in charge of the Christmassy transformation.

Tree Lighting Magic at the Destin Commons - News - The Destin Log - Destin, FL

Tree Lighting Magic at the Destin Commons - News - The Destin Log - Destin, FL: Thousands of people crowded to the Destin Commons Friday night for the grand arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the shopping center’s main street.

Consolidated Catfish expanding operations in Humphreys County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Consolidated Catfish expanding operations in Humphreys County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee: Officials from catfish producer and processor Consolidated Catfish announce the company is expanding operations at its facility in Isola, Miss., in Humphreys County. The project represents a corporate investment of $900,000 and will create 12 jobs.

“Mississippi’s existing businesses, such as Consolidated Catfish, are major economic drivers for the state. When they choose to expand, it shows companies around the U.S. and the world that Mississippi provides companies with the competitive edge needed for growth and longevity,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I thank the team at Consolidated Catfish for its commitment to Humphreys County and the state of Mississippi and wish the company many more years of success in Isola.”

Video: Cranberry Harvest 2015 near Lake Nokomis, WI. | Farms.com

Video: Cranberry Harvest 2015 near Lake Nokomis, WI. | Farms.com

Entergy Louisiana cuts off solar net-metering

Entergy Louisiana cuts off solar net-metering: Entergy Louisiana, the state’s largest utility company, announced Wednesday it has exceeded a state cap of 0.5 percent on solar-power production, allowing it to stop providing full credit to solar customers for each unit of energy they place on the grid.

Native Americans in Louisiana Swamps Seek Tribal Recognition - ABC News

Native Americans in Louisiana Swamps Seek Tribal Recognition - ABC News: Giovanni R. Santini has done just about all he could to prove he's an American Indian over the decades he's lived in his Louisiana bayou town — even fighting with his fists to defend his bloodline with the Houma tribe.

"Every day at school they'd beat me up, bloody me up, for being Indian," recalled the 80-year-old Santini, who's worked on tugboats, laid pipelines and built homes. "We became good fighters because they beat us up so much. Even teachers didn't like me ... We earned our respect with fights!"

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fairmont San Francisco sold to Mirae Global Investments of South Korea for $450 million (Video) - San Francisco Business Times

Fairmont San Francisco sold to Mirae Global Investments of South Korea for $450 million (Video) - San Francisco Business Times: The owners of the Fairmont San Francisco have sold the landmark Nob Hill hotel, the latest in a series of high-priced hotel transactions in the city.
As rumored in October, a Seoul, South Korea-based financial services concern, Mirae Global Investments, has purchased the hotel for $450 million. The sellers are Woodridge Capital Partners LLC, and Oaktree Capital Management, which jointly purchased the hotel in 2012 for $200 million and put in $20 million worth of renovations.

Letting go of farmland the right way

Letting go of farmland the right way: The United States will experience a monumental shift in farmland ownership. Thirty-one percent of U.S. agricultural land is owned by non-operator landlords. In Iowa, 35 percent of Iowa farmland is owned by people over 75 years of age. At the same time, there is a surge in those who are wanting to farm. Practical Farmers has 1,600 of these beginning farmers in its network alone.

What’s to be done? Well, if you own farmland, how about a little soul searching about the future of that land? What matters most for Iowa, for agriculture? Could you seek out and sell that land to the next generation of farmers?

Promotion of Smart Agriculture towards climate change and agro-ecology transition in West Africa (AIC)

Promotion of Smart Agriculture towards climate change and agro-ecology transition in West Africa (AIC): The Promotion of Smart Agriculture towards Climate Change and agro-ecology transition in West Africa (in French, “Agriculture Intelligente pour le Climat”, or AIC) is a regional initiative focused on Africa. The global objective is to support the transition towards agro-ecology in West Africa to reinforce the resilience of vulnerable populations. The initiative aims at the adoption of practices by 25 million households by 2025.

This initiative includes two steps: firstly, the spread of best practices through public policies (involvement of public services in charge of agricultural and environmental policies) and, subsequently, farmers' training and support by NGOs and producers (involvement of producer organisations and operators).

U.S. Farm Incomes Continue to Dive

U.S. Farm Incomes Co... | Business News | Agriculture: The latest U.S. Farm Income Forecast from the USDA projects that 2014-15 farm net incomes will see a severe decrease nearing the low income levels of 1983.
In its November farm income update Tuesday, the USDA forecasts 2014-15 net farm income (which includes household expenses) will decline 38.2% with net cash income down a staggering 27.7%. Corn net cash income this year will average $143,000 per farm, down from $197,200 last year, and $255,300 in 2013.�
“It’s not just a crop story now; it’s broader than that,” said Jeff Hopkins, chief of the farm economy branch of the USDA Economic Research Service. “The decline in income is really due to a broad decline in all commodity prices.”

Japan struggles to save shrinking, aging agriculture industry

Japan struggles to save shrinking, aging agriculture industry: It doesn’t look like much:�a�few mismatched plots of farmland wedged between busy highways and commercial developments on the outskirts of this midsized city.

But if Ryusuke Goto, 27,�can find success as a rice farmer under relaxed rules and regulations introduced last year, he could help spark a turnaround in Japan’s long-declining agricultural industry.

“The situation has become very serious. The population is shrinking; the number of farmers is declining. But I think we are beginning to see a change. I’m actually quite optimistic,” said Goto, whose fields are in a special farming district created last year.

Japan’s agricultural�sector has long been a model of inefficiency: tiny farms burdened by heavy regulation, propped up by government subsidies and protected by a vast array of tariffs and import controls.�Though food is plentiful and quality is high, prices paid by Japanese consumers can be twice as much as those in other countries.

Foundation helps small farms secure grant money | Farmville

Foundation helps small farms secure grant money | Farmville: More than 250 agricultural businesses nationwide recently were awarded a total of $34 million to help expand their operations and create value-added products.

Climate change, shifting habits are steep hurdles for N.H. farms | Concord Monitor

Climate change, shifting habits are steep hurdles for N.H. farms | Concord Monitor: Generations ago, Dimond Hill Farm had gardens and cows, a shoe-cobbling room and metal-working station, woodlots and no electricity. It was just one of a number of self-contained, multipurpose farms in New Hampshire.

On Monday, the Concord farm’s seventh generation, Jane Presby, said that time, technology – and most concerning, climate change – has changed all of that.

2015 likely to be warmest on record, says UN weather body – BBC News |

COP 21: 2015 likely to be warmest on record, says UN weather body – BBC News |: Temperatures across the globe are likely to break records in 2015 with readings running “well above” any previous year, scientists say.

A Fast El Nino Weather Pattern (2-Week Outlook) | Agweb.com

A Fast El Nino Weather Pattern (2-Week Outlook) | Agweb.com: Nov 23, 2015
A fast and active weather pattern will have temperatures plunging in the Rocky Mountains this week but then surging the other direction next week. Here are the details.

THIS WEEK (23-29 Nov): Temperatures will go on some wild swings from cold to warm and cool again but overall the week is going to trend the warmest in 4 years for the U.S. overall and 1.1F warmer than average. National rainfall is near average, making it the driest late November period in 3 years but all the rain is pretty much in the South Central U.S. where it will be particularly wet with widespread 2-5" amounts. The West Coast also gets in on the stormy weather with more rain for Central California. Snowfall was much above average last year this week but this year it's trending 20% below average for the U.S. overall and 53% less than last year's very snowy end to November. This week last year brought a decent snow storm from the Southern Appalachians into New England with 4-10" amounts, about 6" here at wt360 headquarters (Lehigh Valley PA) last year - not this year! �LARGER MAP VIEW

How to Cook a Turkey Dinner the Farm Journal Way - News | Agweb.com

How to Cook a Turkey Dinner the Farm Journal Way - News | Agweb.com: Thanksgiving: A day to feast, spend time with those we love, and reflect on all the things we’re grateful for. If you’re anything like me, one of the things you’re thankful for is a bounty of farm-fresh food on your table.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets�have a narrow trading range in the overnight session. The US Dollar Index rises through the 100 level and crude oil gives back gains as tensions ease on the Russian-Turkish situation. Light volume is expected during the holiday trading period which could cause sharp moves.

Allendale staff wishes all our readers and customers a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. We truly have a lot to be thankful for in 2015. A special thanks to all the Armed Forces who will not be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with family tomorrow as they protect us around the world.

Markets will be closed on Thursday with no night sessions in grains on Wednesday and Thursday. Grains will open at 8:30 am Friday morning and close at 12:05 on Friday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Local dairy farmers squeezed out by bigger farms | News - Home

Local dairy farmers squeezed out by bigger farms | News - Home: Rock says he used to make 25 to 27 dollars on 100 lbs of milk. Now, thanks to outside competition he makes 18 dollars which he says is not enough to turn a profit.

“When half of your check doesn’t pay the feed bill to feed the cows, and the other half doesn’t pay the labor and the insurance…it just doesn't work,” said Rock.

Rock and other farmers are calling on Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith for help.

"Some industrial type farms in the Midwest and the West are trucking in milk to our area,” Congressman Griffith said. “That affects prices, and it's not the price at the grocery store, it's the price the farmer gets because the farmers price does not affect what is happening in the grocery store."

Congressman Griffith said he wants to make sure smaller, family-owned farms like Rock's can compete fairly with the bigger companies.

Ancient DNA reveals how agriculture changed our height, digestion, and skin colour - ScienceAlert

Ancient DNA reveals how agriculture changed our height, digestion, and skin colour - ScienceAlert: For the first time, researchers have analysed ancient DNA taken from humans who lived before, during, and after the agricultural revolution, allowing them to map how our ancestors' genomes changed in response to societal shifts.

It's long been known that farming changed humans forever, right down to our DNA, but until now those changes have been pieced together by looking at genetic variations in today's populations, which are simply echoes of what happened back then. The new research, however, allows scientists to see those changes almost in real time.

Townhouse Development Lots, Dade County, Florida

Priced under $20 per SF. Good, ready to build location for up to 30 townhouses. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Closed Gas Station, Chicago Metro Area

Closed gas station with repair bays. Could be converted to c-store. Priced under $20 per SF. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Motel Or Commercial Development Site, Tennessee

Larger land tract at I-40 exit between Memphis and Nashville, Adjoins existing motels and development. Potential for motel or other development. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Small Motel, Illinois

Small motel in Illinois. Rehab opportunity. Large land tract. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Millennials settle in DC for good | Inman

Millennials settle in DC for good | Inman: In a new report on the Millennial generation, young people are choosing Washington, D.C. to live and indicated that they are likely to stay there when they begin families.� The Spring 2015 Millennial survey, sponsored by the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Washington district council, found an upbeat young population remarkably satisfied with housing, neighborhoods and transportation choices in the place that they call home. The survey and results use the terms “Gen Y” and “Milliennial” interchangeably to indicate the segment of the population who turned between the ages of 20 to 37 in 2015. And, the survey showed that they are likely to stay in The District and its five suburbs that are located inside the Beltway. An impressive two-thirds of those who are 30 years of age...

This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment | The News Funnel

This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment | The News Funnel

Auction 721 Acres, m/l, Black Hawk County, IA - Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Denver, IA

Hertz Real Estate Services | Farms for Sale - 721 acres, Black Hawk County, IA: 721 Acres, m/l, Black Hawk County, IA

How Argentina's Presidential Election Could Affect American Farmers | Agweb.com

How Argentina's Presidential Election Could Affect American Farmers | Agweb.com: Why should a farmer in the Midwest pay much attention to the results of a South American country’s presidential election? Because what happened in Argentina on Sunday is a “game changer,” according to market analyst Alan Brugler of Brugler Marketing & Management in Omaha.

Immigration Reform - Dairy - News | Agweb.com

Immigration Reform - Dairy - News | Agweb.com: “Both parties are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good,” says Charlie Garrison, a political consultant and lobbyist with the Garrison Group, based in Washington, D.C. Garrison spoke at Dairy Today’s Elite Producer Business Conference in Las Vegas in November.

Dairy farmers need three basic things out of immigration reform:

�“Earned legalization” of the current work force.
�Access to year-round workers.
�An effective program for legal new workers.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are a bit lower on back and fill attitude. Outside markets are retracing some of Monday’s direction.

The CRB commodity index hit a 13 year low on Monday but settled above those lows as many contracts made technical reversal patterns. The chart reversal in most grain contracts will likely create some short covering as month-end and the holidays approach. It is important for bulls that new lows are not made this week.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Too-big-to-fail banks could face tougher stress tests, says Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo | Crain's New York Business

Too-big-to-fail banks could face tougher stress tests, says Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo | Crain's New York Business: Large U.S. banks will probably have to endure tougher scrutiny of their capital to pass annual stress tests, Federal Reserve Governor�Daniel Tarullo said.

There’s “more than a pretty good chance” that banks will face “some net increase in the post-stress minimum capital requirements,” Tarullo said in an interview Monday with David Westin and Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg Television. Such a step could result in banks having to hold more capital to be allowed to pay dividends to their shareholders.

We can no longer cry for Argentina | Agweb.com

We can no longer cry for Argentina | Agweb.com: It would appear that there will be a long overdue change in administration in Argentina as the challenger; Mauricio Macri has won the runoff election in that country.� Argentina has a long and interesting history of economic trouble with numerous international debt default/restructuring episodes along the way (they have defaulted on external debt seven times in the past 200 years). The most recent was in 2001, which ultimately led to the election of Nestor Kirchner (Peronist) in 2003 who was followed by his wife Christina Fernandez de Kirchner in 2007 after his sudden death, who then held the office through this year with more then enough controversy along the way.�

Argentine Farmers Set to Unleash $8 Billion of Stored Crops | Agweb.com

Argentine Farmers Set to Unleash $8 Billion of Stored Crops | Agweb.com: The country’s farmers are ready to ship an estimated $8 billion in stored crops as soon as export taxes are lifted or reduced as Macri promised, according to five farmers, analysts and exporters interviewed after the election. Macri has also vowed to lift currency controls as soon as he takes office Dec. 10, a move that investors see leading to a devaluation of as much as 35 percent for the peso, which would further help farmers trying to sell abroad.

Water scarcity: “Governments will fall and wars will be fought”

"“It is not an exaggeration to say that governments will fall and wars will be fought because of the stresses caused by scarcity of water,” said Skaggs, the Williams Neal Reynolds distinguished professor of biological and agricultural engineering at North Carolina State University"

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Illinois farmland auction brings prices topping $13,000 per acre

Illinois farmland auction brings prices topping $13,000 per acre -- CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --: The Nov. 18 auction of 556 acres of farmland brought a total of $5.98 million, or an average of $10,755 per acre. Prices on individual tracts ranged from $7,566 per acre to $13,156 per acre. The land was offered in six tracts by Murray Wise Associates.

"This was a very significant sale, because it came right on the heels of the harvest and at a time when there is a significant supply of land on the market. We had a huge crowd, and the land brought a price that surpassed the expectations of many. Both investors and farmers were successful in buying land, demonstrating their belief in the value of quality Illinois farmland," said Murray Wise, chief executive officer of the auction company.

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office gears up for annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration | New Orleans - WDSU Home

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office gears up for annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration | New Orleans - WDSU Home: Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman said the annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Hall I-2.

“This event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers. They provide us with an opportunity to bring this community together to give thanks for the blessings we’ve received during the past year, all while enjoying a delicious meal and great entertainment," Gusman said.

Drones, mobiles, internet: How Indian farms are going hi-tech | india | Hindustan Times

Drones, mobiles, internet: How Indian farms are going hi-tech | india | Hindustan Times: When this year’s rabi or winter crop in Haryana’s Kurukshetra ripens, drones will circle them as part of a series of simultaneous experiments in three other states — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The country’s vast and antiquated agriculture sector has largely been a stranger to such high-tech, although it feeds a billion people.
Yet, slowly, the country has realised that without technology, its farmers aren’t going anywhere beyond eking out a tough living. Frequent weather shocks push them back into poverty. Food-price spirals annoy consumers and hobble policymakers.

Detroit eyes adding livestock to urban farms

Detroit eyes adding livestock to urban farms: At an urban farm on Detroit’s east side, Mark Covington tends to�more than the conventional�collards, broccoli and spinach.

There are also four beehives, pens with nearly 30 chickens and a separate, larger pen for five goats. He even had turkeys until recently�and plans to bring back more in April.

In Detroit,�city laws technically don’t allow for the raising of livestock. But�Covington said his neighbors have never complained since he started raising some animals six years ago. It's complaints from neighbors that usually bring law enforcement.

Why small farms may answer big problems - CSMonitor.com

Why small farms may answer big problems - CSMonitor.com: Less than an hour from downtown Atlanta, more than 200 families are bringing new meaning to the term "urban farming."

The homes in the community of Serenbe are scattered throughout a 25-acre organic farm, where professional farmers tend the land and sell fruits and vegetables to local residents. Boasting a “thriving CSA program and edible landscaping,” people from across the US travel to Serenbe to either eat, visit, or build a home.

Existing Home Sales Decline More than Expected in Ocotber | Fox Business

Existing Home Sales Decline More than Expected in Ocotber | Fox Business: U.S. home resales fell more than expected in October, with large declines in regions which have experienced the biggest price gains, but the underlying trend suggested housing remained on firmer footing. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales declined 3.4 percent to an annual rate of5.36 million units. September's sales pace was unrevised at 5.55 million units and was the second highest since 2007.

Rea family shifts from auto parts to extra virgin olive oil prodction | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press

Rea family shifts from auto parts to extra virgin olive oil prodction | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press: Arizona olive grower Perry Rea wears a headful of hats – farmer, owner, master blender, sommelier, irrigator, quality inspector, and many more - pretty good for a first generation agricultural producer.

About a dozen years ago, Rea sold his successful auto part supply business providing original brake lines and such for the Big Three automakers in Detroit, plus Mercedes and Nissan, to pursue a new venture linked to his Italian heritage – the olive oil business.

Photo Gallery: Agriculture a BUSY place in winter vegetable country | Western Farm Press

Photo Gallery: Agriculture a BUSY place in winter vegetable country | Western Farm Press

CBOT soybeans may break support at $8.49-1/2

CBOT soybeans may break support at $8.49-1/2: CBOT soybeans may break a support at $8.49-1/2 per bushel, and fall to the next support at $8.26-3/4, driven by a wave C.
These two supports are provided respectively by the 38.2 percent and 50 percent Fibonacci projection levels of the wave C, the third wave of a three-wave cycle from the July 14 high of $10.50-1/4. This wave could travel to $8.04, the 61.8 percent level.

GRAINS-Soybeans hit 6-1/2-year low on S.American export prospects | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

GRAINS-Soybeans hit 6-1/2-year low on S.American export prospects | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters: U.S. soybeans fell for a second
session on Monday to a more than six-and-a-half year low, hurt
by an improved production outlook in South America and the
election of a new president in Argentina who has promised to cut
export taxes.

Corn, soybean market outlooks bearish

Corn, soybean market outlooks bearish: Brenda Boetel, agricultural economist with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Department of Agricultural Economics, shared her corn and soybean market outlook Nov. 17.

She said corn traded lower last week in anticipation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, which was even more bearish than most analysts expected. USDA increased the average corn yield per harvested acre from 168 to 169.3 bushels. Harvested acres remained the same. Production increased to 13.654 billion bushels, up 0.7 percent from October estimates.

Deere to Take Measure of Farm Slump - WSJ

Deere to Take Measure of Farm Slump - WSJ: As the farm-equipment industry sputters to the end of its worst sales year since 2009, Deere & Co. will soon provide clues to how much more pain is in store for the coming year.

Deere, the world’s largest seller of tractors and harvesting combines, plans to report its fiscal fourth-quarter results on Wednesday. The Illinois-based company is expected to offer a sales outlook that will set the tone for the farm-machinery industry in 2016. Many analysts see a big stepdown in Deere’s projection that would signal a prolonged slump for the sector.

Prices of essential commodities begin to ease

Prices of essential commodities begin to ease: The Government continued to closely monitor the availability and prices of essential commodities, especially pulses, edible oil and vegetables. �It may be recalled that as a result of demand and supply mismatch, the prices of tur and urad had shown an increase. �
Following several measures, Government of India initiated including imposition of stock limit, zero duty on import of pulses and coordinated de-hoarding operations in major producing states viz., Maharashtra, Karnataka, M.P., Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the prices of pulses have begun to register a decline. �

Prices of PUSA Basmati soar - The Times of India

Prices of PUSA Basmati soar - The Times of India: Bringing some relief to farmers of Punjab, prices of Basmati rice PUSA 1121 variety has witnessed a surge of around 20-25 per cent in the past one week in various grain markets of Punjab.

This variety, which would otherwise reap profit much higher than regular variety, had been fetching no more than Rs 1,700-1,800 per quintal until two weeks ago. The low price of the variety had created negative sentiment among peasants, who preferred to stock their yields back in their stores instead of selling it in open market. However, weeks after farmers' reluctance to sell their yield, prices have bounced back. Now, PUSA 1121 is being sold at Rs 2,400-2,500 per quintal in various grain markets of this region.

Low crop prices prompt rising concerns - News - Ag Journal Online - La Junta, CO - La Junta, CO

Low crop prices prompt rising concerns - News - Ag Journal Online - La Junta, CO - La Junta, CO: In addition to wondering how low land prices can go, economists, bankers and farmers have similar questions about crop prices.
Brent Young, a regional ag and business management specialist for Colorado State University who recently presented an economic outlook in Burlington and Greeley, discussed work done on that topic by Paul Peterson, an ag and consumer economics specialist at the University of Illinois.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower lead by the soybean complex after the election of a new regime in Argentina. Outside markets remain a headwind for the grain markets as the US Dollar tests the 100 level and crude oil toys with support at the $40.00 level. The week is starting with a risk off attitude across all commodities. Expect trading activity to be choppy the balance of the week as we start the holiday season.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Architecture |Affordable Housing | Yale

Architecture |Affordable Housing | Yale: Graduate students at the Yale School of Architecture have unveiled contemporary, wooden home that they claim could be a solution for low-income neighborhoods.
Part of the school’s Jim Vlock Building Project – a program focused on low-cost homes in low-income areas of New Haven – the 1,000-square-foot house located in New Haven’s West River district is based on the idea of a multi-functional core, according to Dezeen.

Once a 'Burger King', now a real estate mogul - The Times of India

Once a 'Burger King', now a real estate mogul - The Times of India: Mahendra Nath's investment journey began with a duplex many years ago. Using the profit he made out of a appreceiating real estate market, he bought two Burger King restaurants, and continued to grow. His Nath Companies now has 6500 employees working in multiple sectors.

An alumnus of the the Delhi University, Nath's company was recognized as the top minority-owned business in Minnesota. Like hundreds of thousands of Indians in the US, he had come as a student and trained as an engineer about 50 years ago.

View from the top of the real estate market: Exciting or scary? - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC

View from the top of the real estate market: Exciting or scary? - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC: The top of a real estate boom market can be an exciting place, filled with giddy deals and record-setting construction. But somewhere beyond the top lurks the inevitable fall, like the first hill of a roller coaster.

That was the underlying tension at the Urban Land Institute Charlotte’s annual real estate market forecast this week. In a plush event room at Myers Park Country Club, a panel of local real estate experts agreed this was one of the best markets in generations.

Apartment construction is at a record high. The industrial market is strong. Office towers are rising again. And the Urban Land Institute ranked Charlotte the third most attractive market to invest in nationwide for 2016.

“We were thinking we should re-title the panel ‘Charlotte at the top: Exciting or frightening?’” said moderator Mike Ortlip, of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital.

Peter S. Cohan: Freight Farms to grow local greens for Worcester State - News - telegram.com - Worcester, MA

Peter S. Cohan: Freight Farms to grow local greens for Worcester State - News - telegram.com - Worcester, MA: Freight Farms, a company co-founded by a locally educated entrepreneur, grows food in shipping containers, and Worcester State University plans to start using lettuce grown in one of the company’s Leafy Green Machines in January.
Freight Farms, a Boston-based agriculture startup, says it is “on a mission to create a more sustainable and connected food system. The company provides the tools and services that enable fresh food production in any environment. Freight Farm’s flagship product, the LGM, is a complete hydroponic growing facility built entirely inside a shipping container, with environmental controls and indoor growing technology.”

Homes sprouting up around farms - Videos - CBS News

Homes sprouting up around farms - Videos - CBS News: A new trend is growing around the country: call it the "agrihood," in which suburban homes are built next to working farms. More than 200 homeowners in an Atlanta suburb are living adjacent to a 25-acre organic farm, making the journey from farm to table very short indeed. Mark Strassmann paid a visit to Serenbe.

Home of the week: Amazing views from one of Back Bay’s most exclusive addresses - Luxury living - Boston.com

Home of the week: Amazing views from one of Back Bay’s most exclusive addresses - Luxury living - Boston.com: Nations have their anthems and colleges have their fight songs, so there should be some tune to accompany you while you sit on the roof deck in this penthouse condominium atop the Mandarin Oriental Boston hotel (“Up on the Roof” by Carole King is too obvious). It’s just a marvelous place to be, and at roughly 650 square feet, there’s plenty of space to take in the view, to grill, and to relax like couch potatoes.
The deck is reached by a small, private hydraulic elevator connecting directly to the two-bedroom unit one floor below. Step out of the elevator into a short hall across from the master.

San Francisco 49ers' Joe Staley sells Bay Area home for $1.89 million - LA Times

San Francisco 49ers' Joe Staley sells Bay Area home for $1.89 million - LA Times: As the San Francisco 49ers look to rebound following a 3-6 start, offensive lineman Joe Staley has made a change away from the field, selling his home in San Jose for $1.89 million.

Built in the 1950s and since renovated, the ranch-style house in the Willow Glen area has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on a single level.

Daisy Prince on Her Greenwich Village Apartment - The New York Times

Daisy Prince on Her Greenwich Village Apartment - The New York Times

Memphis' travel essentials include history, music and beer - Longview News-Journal - Longview, TX

Memphis' travel essentials include history, music and beer - Longview News-Journal - Longview, TX: This city loves its music. It protects its history. And it's really starting to like its beer.

Travelers to Memphis need to know the basics of this Tennessee city nestled along the Mississippi River. It is a capital of blues, rock 'n' roll and soul music, a gritty city where influential musicians like B.B. King, Elvis Presley and Otis Redding lived and worked.

Memphis: 'A Box of Yellow Stars' is a history lesson we should never forget | Examiner.com

Memphis: 'A Box of Yellow Stars' is a history lesson we should never forget | Examiner.com: If you've not seen Natalie Parker-Lawrence's play, "A Box of Yellow Stars" at Theatreworks in Memphis, you have missed a treasure. It is a treasure in more ways than one, but does not involve money or material riches. It is a treasure of human suffering, denial, secrets, sacrifice, human kindness, and ultimately love. It delves deep into the psyche of human feelings of complete despair, without a foreseeable positive outcome, and how one person brought 15 others out of that bondage, and certain death, and delivered them into a new world of hope.

Ohio landowners in 57 counties eligible for ag easement funds - Farm and Dairy

Ohio landowners in 57 counties eligible for ag easement funds - Farm and Dairy: Ten land trusts, three counties, one township and nine soil and water conservation districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state.

These organizations will receive the latest round of farmland preservation allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. Program sponsor organizations will accept applications from Ohio landowners interested in selling an agricultural easement on their farms.

Sustainable farming keeps Illinois couple busy - THonline.com: Agriculture

Sustainable farming keeps Illinois couple busy - THonline.com: Agriculture: It was a bitter cold morning, with a light dusting of snow on the windswept pasture, when a little boy tried to save a pig named Taco.
The morning -- it happened last November -- started like many others at Live Springs Farm. Rowan Weber was helping his parents round up a dozen of the farm's pasture-raised pigs for slaughter later that day.
But as they went about the business of sorting out the day's selections, the 5-year-old realized that, with only two dozen pigs left from the season's litters, time was running out.
And so the tears started flowing when his mother gestured toward Taco -- raised by hand after the piglet was stepped on by its mother.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

High stakes for these retailers this holiday

High stakes for these retailers this holiday: For the retailers that have been knocking on death's door, this holiday shopping season has taken on an added sense of urgency.

Teen retailer A�ropostale, for example, is operating under threat of having its shares delisted from the New York Stock Exchange — the result of deteriorating sales that ate away at its market capitalization. Shares recently traded below 65 cents.

Sears, the department store that retail investors love to ridicule, entered the holiday season having reported only one period of positive comparable sales in more than five years.

Parts of Midwest hit by heavy snow as holiday travel looms

Parts of Midwest hit by heavy snow as holiday travel looms: More than a foot of snow fell on parts of the Midwest on Saturday in the first significant wintry storm of the season, creating hazardous driving conditions for travelers gearing up for Thanksgiving treks.

The National Weather Service said the storm had already dumped 8 to 16 inches of snow in a band from southeastern South Dakota to southern Wisconsin.

The storm is expected to continue across parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes on Saturday, mainly hitting parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Upstate New York, according to the weather service. Widespread accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with as much as 6 to 12 inches possible in some locations.

Carole King ready to part with Idaho ranch she's owned for more than 30 years - LA Times

Carole King ready to part with Idaho ranch she's owned for more than 30 years - LA Times: Carole King has some earth she'd like to move in Stanley, Idaho. The singer-songwriter, who penned the early '70s hit "I Feel the Earth Move," has her Robinson Bar Ranch for sale at $9.9 million.

Set within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the 128-acre spread has belonged to King for more than three decades.

Mainstreet Index: Iowa sees weaker hiring, farmland prices - Business Record

Mainstreet Index: Iowa sees weaker hiring, farmland prices - Business Record: The Iowa index fell to 44.3 from October's 46.9. Iowa's farmland price index dropped to 28.6 from 42.5. New hiring also was off, coming in at 50.9 after an October reading of 57.9.
Retail sales continue to fall.
Home buying is relative strong.
Bankers estimate that Dodd-Frank Act oversight of banks has boosted compliance costs by 34 percent in five years.
Approximately 17 percent of bankers said they have cut back on certain types of loans or stopped making them altogether because of new regulations

Declining Real Cash Cost of Producing Corn, Soybean, and Wheat: Historical Perspective and Potential Implications for the Future

Declining Real Cash Cost of Producing Corn, Soybean, and Wheat: Historical Perspective and Potential Implications for the Future: In the June 4, 2015 farmdoc daily article, "Current Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Prices in Long Term Perspective," (Zulauf, 2015) I wrote that "While historical trends do not always hold, absent strong arguments to the contrary, the default position is that real U.S. crop prices are likely to trend lower. More succinctly, unless general price inflation increases, supply growth declines, or multiple year global supply disruptions occur; the question is not if but when will corn crop year average price average below $3 and push toward $2." This article extends this examination by looking at the trends in real cash cost per acre of producing corn, soybeans, and wheat since 1975, the first year cost data for the U.S. are available. This cost declined for each of the three crops until the period of farm prosperity began in 2006. Declining real cash costs both cushions the decline in real prices by mitigating its impact on profit margins but also furthers the decline in real prices by mitigating the incentive to reduce supply.

What Will Soybean Market Do on Monday? | Agweb.com

What Will Soybean Market Do on Monday? | Agweb.com: Why does Sunday's presidential election in Argentina matter to U.S. farmers? Because the results could affect soybean prices as early as Monday.�

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chipotle shares hit as E. coli scare widens

Chipotle shares hit as E. coli scare widens – BBC News |

A New Kind Of Irrigation Could Boost African Farming--And It's Powered By The Sun

A New Kind Of Irrigation Could Boost African Farming--And It's Powered By The Sun: Pioneered in Israel, drip irrigation saves water and fertilizer by delivering droplets of water to the base of plants. But off-the-grid farmers aren't able to use the technology without expensive diesel generators.

Solar power is the obvious solution. And, as SunCulture, in Nairobi, Kenya, is proving, that doesn't have to be expensive for farmers. The startup, founded by NYU graduate Samir Ibrahim his friend Charlie Nichols, sells affordable solar-powered irrigation products and a one-stop-shop of services to farmers in Kenya.

Man finds success in farming after failures - Society - VietNam News

Man finds success in farming after failures - Society - VietNam News: There are many ways to win in life, and not necessarily with a university diploma. Nguyen Tien Dung is among a few young people in Huong Son district of central Ha Tinh province who has proved it.
The 24-year-old man received the prestigious Luong Dinh Cua Award in July this year, organised by Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union which is presented to young farmers who have made outstanding contributions to agricultural production and rural development.

Dung was honoured because he was the first person in the region to develop successfully a large red-meat dragon fruit farm. His farm is also the biggest in the province, said Cao Van Duc, deputy chairman of People's Committee of Son Tay commune (where Dung lives).

"I hope he will inspire many other young people to courageously find their own way and work hard with passion to develop the homeland," Duc said.

Kern County, California Agricultural Tracts

Several agricultural tracts in Kern County, California ranging from 20 acres to 400 acres.  Near tracts that have been redeveloped for Pistachios, Almonds, and other permanent crops. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

South Carolina Estate Home And Horse Farm

Beautiful estate home and extensive horse farm and facilities. One of the best in the South. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Residential Lot, Beautiful Views, Simi Valley, California

Large residential lot with beautiful views. Simi Valley, California. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Can Rich and Poor Live Side by Side? Not in Many Places

Can Rich and Poor Live Side by Side? Not in Many Places: It’s still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from “Cheers” — to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly isolated from each other by income and home values.

Armand Marciano lands in Thousand Oaks with $6.5-million home purchase - LA Times

Armand Marciano lands in Thousand Oaks with $6.5-million home purchase - LA Times: Armand Marciano, co-founder of the denim brand Guess Inc., has followed up his off-market sale in the Beverly Crest-area with a purchase in Ventura County, buying an estate in the Lake Sherwood area of Thousand Oaks for $6.5 million.

A 3-Step Downsizing Plan for Seniors

A 3-Step Downsizing Plan for Seniors: Moving into a new house is always bittersweet. You are excited for the change, but sad to leave a home so full of memories. Downsizing is even harder- a smaller place means you don't have room for all of your current possessions.

But downsizing is also an opportunity to refresh and start anew. If you get rid of the clutter, you can fill your new place with the things you really love, making it feel like home.

Beautiful Multi-Family Development Tract, Naples, Florida

Beautiful multi-family development tract with potential for 100 units. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Interstate Development Site, Chambers County, Texas

Interstate development site for sale at I-10 exit. Attractive price. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Los Angeles housing takes a U-turn

Los Angeles housing takes a U-turn: After seeing the highest September sales pace in six years, Los Angeles housing fell into a deep sleep in October.

Home sales fell 0.4 percent compared with October 2014, according to CoreLogic. This is the first time in nine months that monthly sales have not been higher compared with a year earlier.

Top college grads choose Silicon Valley over New York City | Crain's New York Business

Top college grads choose Silicon Valley over New York City | Crain's New York Business: Silicon Valley has long trumped New York in the quest for venture-capital dollars, as well as in the number and size of its tech startups. Now it turns out college graduates from the top 25 schools are following the money and migrating in greater numbers to the West Coast than to the East.

Among college graduates from top-25 schools who moved to another region within five years of graduating, more than 25% ended up in Silicon Valley. Fewer than 10% landed in the New York metro area, according to a survey released Thursday by San Francisco-based online lender Earnest

Julia Child’s Sweet French Kitchen (and Its Small Cottage) Listed at Less Than $1 Million

Julia Child’s Sweet French Kitchen (and Its Small Cottage) Listed at Less Than $1 Million: Julia Child’s French country cottage is for sale on the open market for the first time, with the only true “Julia Child kitchen” extant in a private home.

Dubbed La Pitchoune, “The Little One,” the 1,600-square-foot getaway is exactly what you’d hope of the world’s first celebrity chef, who brought French cooking into the everyday American kitchen. But it’s perhaps not what you’d expect, if when you hear “chef” and “French” you imagine men in giant toques and tiny mustaches sniffing haughtily at glasses of wine.

8 Common Questions on Flexible Farm Leases | Agweb.com

8 Common Questions on Flexible Farm Leases | Agweb.com: Wondering if you should propose a flexible farm lease with your landlord? With the prospect of low grain and soy prices facing farmers in the months ahead, many producers are considering a variety of options to protect their profitability.

European Union Captures Dairy Market Share from U.S. | Agweb.com

European Union Captures Dairy Market Share from U.S. | Agweb.com: Following 2014’s record-large year-over-year increase in milk production, the European Union is expected to add an additional 1.1 percent in total output this year, according to USDA. The trading bloc’s extra milk has come at a time when the world’s largest producer of cheese has been locked out of its biggest market—Russia.

Europe as well as Canada, Australia, Norway, and the United States lost access to the Russian market in August 2014 when Russia imposed an import ban on most food products, including dairy, from these key-milk producing regions. However, the European Union has aggressively marketed its cheese to other regions, at the expense of the United States.

Trading Volume Likely To Decline Next Week Allendale Advisory Center

Trading Volume Likely To Decline Next Week Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are a bit lower remaining range bound. The US dollar index remains in a wide range as traders wait for Fed decision on interest rates. Nearby crude oil futures test the $40 area again. Holiday markets have arrived as many trades limit trading the week of Thanksgiving through the end of year.

NOAA’s long range forecast for weather conditions suggest above normal temperatures for the northern half of the US. Precipitation is forecast as below normal for the northern portion of the Midwest.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

110 Unit Motel For Sale, Adjacent to Chicago, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Priced under $8,000 per room. Location is adjacent to Chicago, Illinois MSA and only about 1 1/2 hour drive from downtown Chicago. Attractive motel property with tremendous upside potential.  110 rooms, pool. bar, meeting facilities. Good physical appearance. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or email us at belzoni@gmail.com  Confidentiality agreement is required before release of specific location and financial information. 

Country Place With Trees And View, El Dorado County, California

Beautiful 10 acre tract with trees and views. Priced under $20,000 per acre. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

San Joaquin County, California Ranch

Small San Joaquin County cattle ranch property. Currently leased. Beautiful property. Possible owner financing. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

San Diego County, California Land Tracts For Sale

Several land tracts in San Diego County from 30 to 80 acres that would be potentially suitable for a home site, horses, or a vineyard. Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker,662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Small Farm Tract, Homestead, Florida

Small farm tract in the Homestead area. Adjacent to development. Total of 4 acres. Could be used for a speciality farming operation or developed for other use.  Contact us at Robert W. Neill, Jr., Real Estate Broker, 662-237-6969 (Landline) 601-519-0075 (Text or Talk) 504-613-0025 (Text or Talk) or via the contact form on this page.

Corn has Competition... | Crops News | Agriculture

Corn has Competition... | Crops News | Agriculture: In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third less water in the process of creating the fuel. It is also used as feed, like corn.�
“It looks like we’re going to use a bit less corn for ethanol production than we had anticipated a few months ago,” said Scott Irwin, agricultural chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Corn is losing some market share to sorghum in terms of feedstock.”

Deadline nearing to renegotiate farmland leases

Purdue Extension - Pages - Article: Tenant farmers wanting to renegotiate farmland leases for 2016 may need to deliver written notification to their landlord before Dec. 1, a Purdue expert on agricultural law advises.

The Indiana notification deadline is three months before the end of the current crop year unless the two sides have agreed on a different date, said Gerald Harrison, professor of agricultural economics and a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.

By custom in Indiana, crop years end on the last day of February. Accordingly, the current crop year ends on Feb. 29, 2016 for the purpose of setting the notification deadline, providing the existing lease has no other stipulation.

Bankers Remain Negative on Farmland Values | Agweb.com

Bankers Remain Negative on Farmland Values | Agweb.com: Rural bankers maintained their negative outlook on farmland values, according to the monthly Rural Mainstreet Index conducted by Dr. Ernie Goss, Creighton University. The farmland and ranchland price index for November rose to 34.8 from 31.0 in October. "This is the 24th straight month the index has moved below growth neutral (50). But, as in previous months, there is a great deal of variation across the region in the direction and magnitude of farmland prices with prices growing in some portions of the region," says Goss.

What Does the End of 'File and Suspend' Mean for Farmers? | Agweb.com

What Does the End of 'File and Suspend' Mean for Farmers? | Agweb.com: If you’re around 66 years old and thinking of retirement, Paul Neiffer, The Farm CPA,�says you might want to look into the�Social Security Administration's "file and suspend" option now—before it’s too late.

The "file and suspend" option allows a retiring farmer to file for social security benefits, at full retirement age, and their spouse could receive a benefit based on the farmer’s earnings. The farmer could then choose to suspend this payment until age 70 and earn an additional 8% per year, which could tabulate into a 32% increase in monthly social security benefits.

6 Things We Get Wrong About El Nino | Agweb.com

6 Things We Get Wrong About El Nino | Agweb.com: El Ni�o gets credited or blamed on a wide variety of weather, according to Francesco Fiondella, a science writer at Columbia University.

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Video: Snowbirds arrive in Destin - Videos - Northwest Florida Daily News - Fort Walton Beach, FL

Fall red snapper season opens Friday | New Orleans CityBusiness

Fall red snapper season opens Friday | New Orleans CityBusiness: Louisiana’s fall red snapper season will open Friday and run seven days a week until the end of the year or until the state reaches its historic take level.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports anglers will be restricted to state waters, and may harvest two fish each per day measuring at least 16 inches.
The season in federal waters closed in June, but data collected through the state’s LA Creel Survey program showed anglers brought only 92 percent of their historic take to docks during the 2015 federal and state seasons.

New Orleans Among Top Spots for Millennial Homebuyers, Says CNN Report - Studies - Curbed NOLA

New Orleans Among Top Spots for Millennial Homebuyers, Says CNN Report - Studies - Curbed NOLA: Despite reports of New Orleans' skyrocketing real estate prices and how millennials—who are earning low salaries and are burdened with student debt—can only afford homes unless their parents help them, a report from CNN/Money says that New Orleans is among the top 10 U.S. spots for millennial home buyers.

Chinese company plans to move part production to Memphis

Chinese company plans to move part production to Memphis: A Chinese manufacturer will move output of heat exchangers to Memphis and hire 104 workers for a new Hickory Hill-area plant.

DunAn Precision Inc. of Dallas, an arm of air conditioner maker Zhejiang DunAn Precision Industries Co. Ltd., would move �the production from China, invest about $20 million and save $2.1 million in city and county property taxes.

Deal Aims To Link Canadian Oil, East, Gulf Coast Markets CP NSC - Investors.com

Deal Aims To Link Canadian Oil, East, Gulf Coast Markets CP NSC - Investors.com: The strongest element of demand, and a key factor in Canadian's interest in Norfolk, is rail-oil transport.

Canadian Pacific officials set out goals of a 50% gain in revenue to more than $9 billion in 2018 vs. $6.79 billion this year.

A third of the expected gains would come from oil shipments, they said.

The targets depend on investment in western Canada to increase track speed limits and allow for heavier trains.

How Will the Market Behave This Holiday Season? | Agweb.com

How Will the Market Behave This Holiday Season? | Agweb.com: Last December, the market gave farmers an early holiday gift, as corn prices rallied to the highest level in almost six months. Unfortunately, such generosity is unlikely to happen this holiday season.

“Last year, we had a bit of a different setup,” explained Allendale’s Brian Splitt, speaking on U.S. Farm Report. “The crop was starting to get smaller, and demand was getting bigger, where right now, the crop is still getting bigger. The bean demand was increased (in the last USDA report), but corn demand was decreased, so most likely if we are going to see a rally that is worthwhile, it might be from a change of perception in the U.S. dollar.”

Modern agriculture and soil health are not incompatible | Management content from Southwest Farm Press

Modern agriculture and soil health are not incompatible | Management content from Southwest Farm Press: Modern farmers won’t be going back to draft animals and manual labor to plant and harvest crops, but many of them are reverting to some old techniques to improve or rebuild soil.

“Today’s producers are still pioneers when it comes to soil health,” says Jeff Moen, director of business development for the Noble Foundation at Ardmore, Okla., who spoke at the recent Oklahoma State University Rural Economic Outlook Conference in Stillwater.

2016 Outlook: Can Hay Quality Keep Up with Demand? - Hay/Grass - News | Agweb.com

2016 Outlook: Can Hay Quality Keep Up with Demand? - Hay/Grass - News | Agweb.com: In the past year, the spread between dairy-quality hay, which is alfalfa hay with a relative feed value of 150 or better, and lower-quality hay has been the largest it has ever been—almost a $100 difference this month, according the University of Wisconsin.

2016 Outlook: Higher Milk Prices Are On the Way - Dairy - News | Agweb.com

2016 Outlook: Higher Milk Prices Are On the Way - Dairy - News | Agweb.com: While milk prices are at or just above break-even cost of production levels heading into 2016, there is hope on the horizon.

That’s according to Tim Hunt, an economist and global dairy strategist with Rabobank. Hunt spoke recently at Dairy Today’s Elite Producer Business conference in Las Vegas.

Lower farm prices around the world mean the supply brakes are being applied globally, plus lower world prices are reawakening consumers. The result: “Pricing will likely enter a sustained upward phase in mid-2016,” Hunt says.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are a bit higher on short covering and support from outside markets. The US Dollar is lower and crude oil is steady. Traders are waiting for the export sales report later this morning.

With new news being limited and old stories being re-spun corn and soybean markets have not been able to post new lows. Is this a sign of sell the rumors and buy the facts? Cash markets remain firm on increasing basis bids while farmers bin doors are shut.

Fed Presidents speeches yesterday sound like they are preparing the market for a rate increase in Dec. The minutes of the last Fed meeting were released and showed language that suggests the likelihood of a rate hike in December. Will all of the enthusiasm be in the market before the actual rate increase?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Falling oil prices trigger Japan trade surplus for October – Houston Chronicle |

Falling oil prices trigger Japan trade surplus for October – Houston Chronicle |: Japan racked up a trade surplus last month as exports of cars, computers and other goods grew, while imports dipped on falling oil prices.

Global Weather: A Po... | Marketing Women in A... | Agriculture

Global Weather: A Po... | Marketing Women in A... | Agriculture: Much is made of the current El Ni�o weather event that is influencing weather conditions across the globe. The current El Ni�o pattern is getting even stronger and is expected to become one of the strongest ever on record! This phenomenon is associated with extreme droughts, storms, and floods. For parched California, unusually wet conditions are expected to occur between January and March; it is hoped this will relieve the drought. Yet, in other parts of the world, extreme drought is expected to target Australia, Southern Africa, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Northern Kansas River Bottom Land Totals $6.2 Million

Successful Land Sale... | Real Estate | Agriculture: "We had about 200 people in the room," says Jeff Dankenbring, agent at Midwest Land and Home, which had the sale. "It was a great atmosphere for a sale."�
The sale featured 1,187 acres, spread among nine tracts. Located in the shadows of the Blue River, the soils are all high quality, level, and deep. Here's how the sale shook out.�

The collapse of commodities in one simple chart


This chart from Macquarie puts the year in perspective for commodity investors. It covers various asset classes including equities, FX markets, bonds, and commodity prices, and charts them YTD in terms of US dollars and expressed as a percentage.
For a simple chart, there is a lot of information here to consider.
For starters, on the far right is the prime culprit in stymying commodity markets: the Dollar Index. The US dollar, which commodities are priced in, has had a big year with close to a 10% return YTD. While the US economy is still suspect at best, it has served as a safe haven for investors this year over markets such as Europe, China, and Japan. As a result, the USD has had the best performance of all of these asset classes listed on the chart.
The other market on the right worth noting is the Nasdaq, home to many of the tech stocks that have kept the US economy chugging along. While some are skeptical of the true value of some of the companies in Silicon Valley, it cannot be denied that the Googles, Facebooks, and Amazons of the world are the key to keeping US growth intact in any capacity.


US Federal Reserve signals December rate rise more likely – BBC News |

US Federal Reserve signals December rate rise more likely – BBC News |: US Federal Reserve officials appear more confident that the economic conditions needed to trigger an interest rate rise are near.

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154 acres sold at $17,300 an acre. - Siouxland farmland sales - Story | SiouxlandMatters

Ag Report: Siouxland farmland sales - Story | SiouxlandMatters: Despite low agricultural commodity prices, land still seems to be in high demand with buyers willing to spend near record levels.�

At a Sioux County land auction held last Friday near Hospers, a tract of 154 acres sold at $17,300 an acre.

When you calculate that, it equals to $2,664,200. �

America’s Oyster King Farms Next to the Real Plymouth Rock | MUNCHIES

America’s Oyster King Farms Next to the Real Plymouth Rock | MUNCHIES: Given the weight that Bennett’s name commands in the American oyster game, you’d best believe I said yes when I was asked to attend Island Creek’s annual festival, Oyster Fest. There, I had a chance to tour his farm and ask him how a kid who studied finance and had little to no oyster farming experience became one of the premiere oyster farmers in the US.

For Successful Farms, It’s Not All In the Family | Agweb.com

For Successful Farms, It’s Not All In the Family | Agweb.com: People connect with family farms. They consciously or subconsciously think a family farm is more sustainable and trustworthy than a non-family operation. I do not agree with this. To me, the culture of a�business’s�team is what makes it the best.�

Managers hire like-minded people. It’s not necessarily personality-based, but more about choosing those that share similar principles. When hiring someone, you are drawn to those that think the same. Similarly, employees look for businesses that reflect their values too

Can farms be good for nature without being organic? | Environment | The Guardian

Can farms be good for nature without being organic? | Environment | The Guardian: Non-organic farmers can do much more to foster wild plants, butterflies and bugs without giving up on pesticides, according to new research, but organic farms still bring the largest benefits for wildlife.

In the UK, 80 non-organic farms have signed up to the conservation grade (CG) scheme. This requires them to turn 10% of their land over to habitat specifically targeted at supporting their local ecology. In return, farmers brand their products with a “Fair to Nature” accreditation and can charge a premium for them.

The ultimate New Orleans food bucket list | USA TODAY College

The ultimate New Orleans food bucket list | USA TODAY College: To�eat in New Orleans is to experience�the most vibrant and unique culture�within our nation’s borders. New Orleanians do not eat to live, they live to eat, and their love for food is infectious. The city’s “let the good times roll” attitude and hospitable nature are demonstrated by�locals’ eagerness to show visitors what makes their food second to none.

Fresh off Bay Area victory, tech giant Airbnb may set sights on L.A. - Bay Area Homes

Fresh off Bay Area victory, tech giant Airbnb may set sights on L.A. - Bay Area Homes: In San Francisco’s bruising fight to put new limits on vacation rental business Airbnb, few players were more important than the hotel workers union.

Unite Here Local 2, working with housing activists and community groups, helped draft the package of restrictions known as Proposition F. Hospitality workers collected signatures to qualify the plan for the Nov. 3 ballot. The union and its New York-based affiliate put a combined $390,000 into the campaign to pass the measure.

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Demand is the Key to Raise Corn Prices | Hoosier Ag Today

Demand is the Key to Raise Corn Prices | Hoosier Ag Today: With corn prices expected to stay under $4 for much of 2016, building demand is the hope for a recovery. Corn prices started the week higher after last week’s sharp selloff, but Bob Utterback, with Utterback Marketing, says the rally will not last long, “It will only last a few days and will only be good for about a 10 cent jump in corn prices.”

AUCTION - Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Walford, IA | Farms for Sale - 66 acres, Linn County, IA

Hertz Real Estate Services | Farms for Sale - 66 acres, Linn County, IA: AUCTION - Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Walford, IA

Auction | 11-18-2015 - Farms for Sale - 773 acres, Cedar County, IA

Swelling Global Grain Glut Spurs Biggest Bearish Bet Since June | Agweb.com

Swelling Global Grain Glut Spurs Biggest Bearish Bet Since June | Agweb.com: Overflowing grain bins prompted money managers to expand their wagers on lower crop prices by almost ten times in the space of a week.

Global inventories of corn, wheat and soybeans will each rise to all-time highs before next year’s North American harvests, the U.S. government forecasts. While grain prices have already dropped to five-year lows, hedge funds are predicting more losses as stockpiles expand. The funds are holding the biggest bearish bet on the crops since June.

4th Generation to New Generation - Dairy - News | Agweb.com

4th Generation to New Generation - Dairy - News | Agweb.com: Going from milking 80 cows to 1,200 has been a fulfilling experience, with quite a bit of wisdom picked up along the way for Indiana dairy farmer Brian Rexing.

Rexing is a fourth-generation farmer and grew up on his family’s dairy and row-crop farm located just a few miles away from what is now New Generation Dairy near Owensville. The plan was for Rexing and his older brother to farm separately when the time was right.