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Monday, November 02, 2015

Commodities Screech to Halt As Dollar Hits 10-Week High - Corn - News | Agweb.com

Commodities Screech to Halt As Dollar Hits 10-Week High - Corn - News | Agweb.com: Nellinger expects the dollar to not only affect the grain markets, but all commodity markets. And the market shifts he’s referring to, he says they are pretty significant.

“It’s not small moves we’re not talking about,” Nellinger emphasizes. “We’re talking about massive swings in the course of three or four days.”

This scenario could possibly be the case for the next 45-60 days and could impact export markets he adds saying, “Unfortunately the outside markets and the dollar are a huge, huge influence.”

Political fight hits hard in Illinois' poorest corner | National | trib.com

Political fight hits hard in Illinois' poorest corner | National | trib.com: The only public health clinic in Illinois' poorest county is in a former synagogue off a largely abandoned main street, a bright spot with multicolored windows where seniors can get flu shots and moms get help feeding their kids. But today the lights are off and the doors locked. A sign on the door apologizes for the inconvenience: Because of the impasse over the state budget, we are only open on Wednesdays.

A few blocks away half the sheriff's department has just gotten pink slips. Counselors at the only place to get mental health care in miles are working for free as the waiting list for help grows. And about 20 miles up the road from Cairo, Illinois' southernmost tip, the man in charge of keeping highways clear this winter can't afford to buy road salt, but figures he wouldn't be able to pay drivers to spread it anyway.

Farmer balance sheets given farmland price decreases | Ag Professional

Farmer balance sheets given farmland price decreases | Ag Professional: In the 1980s, farmland price decreases contributing to farm financial stress. Today, some concern exists that farmland price decreases could cause financial stress in the next several years. While large price decreases would cause large net worth reductions, it is unlikely that farmland price decreases in and of themselves will lead to solvency problems on most farms. However, continuing negative cash flows from operations could lead to financial difficulties. A balance sheet of a typical grain farmer in Illinois is used to illustrate impacts of farmland price decreases and continuing losses from operations.

Could Lower Farmland Values and Softer Cash Rents Be on the Horizon?


Lower land values and cash rents are on the horizon as low commodity prices pressure farm profitability, according to Brent Bidner, farm manager at Hertz Farm Management in Monticello, Ill.

He believes upcoming land sales in particular will be key indicators of what to expect in 2016. “The story will probably be told in the next 30 to 45 days. There’s a lot of land for sale,” Bidner said duringAllendale, Inc.'s Oct. 27 Ag Leader webinar.


Our 504 Phone Is Temporarily Unavailable

We ported our 504 wireless from one carrier to another last week and the transfer is not working. We can make outgoing calls but cannot receive incoming calls or texts. Hopefully, it will be back working in the next day or so. We spent hours today with 3 different customer service people trying to get it fixed.

92% of Soybeans Harvested

92% of Soybeans Harv... | Crops News | Agriculture: This week’s crop progress report shows 92% of the soybean crop has been harvested. This percentage is up 5% from last week’s completion rate and is 11% higher than last year’s completion rate at this time. Both Minnesota and North Dakota reported their soybean crops as 100% harvested. North Carolina is trailing the other states with only 36% of its soybean crop harvested.

Live famously: Celeb real estate on the NYC market | am New York

Live famously: Celeb real estate on the NYC market | am New York: The stars love livin' in the Big Apple.
New York has more celebrity-owned real estate than any other city in the United States, with Los Angeles trailing closely behind, real estate experts told us.
But instead of contributing to the city's expensive market, our sources said that New Yorkers generally aren't willing to pay more just because digs were owned by a star.
"The star watchers reading their People magazine, they're not in [the real estate] market," noted Jonathan Miller, president and CEO of the real estate appraisal and consulting firm Miller Samuel.

Secret tapes, blackmail threat: Luxe real-estate rivalry turns nasty in Miami | Miami Herald

Secret tapes, blackmail threat: Luxe real-estate rivalry turns nasty in Miami | Miami Herald: In the cut-throat world of South Florida luxury real estate, the glamorous Miami Beach duo known as The Jills has long reigned supreme — provoking plenty of professional jealousy along the way.

Still, Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber were caught off guard when a fellow Realtor named Kevin Tomlinson, then of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, lodged a complaint accusing the two of manipulating real-estate listings to gain an edge over competitors.

Then he really raised the stakes. Tomlinson, according to Miami-Dade prosecutors, tried to shake the Jills down for $800,000. In newly released audio files of conversations secretly recorded by Miami Beach police, Tomlinson suggested he would go public with the claims, ruining their careers unless they coughed up the money.

Metro Athens is agriculture powerhouse, Madison County's No. 1 | Online Athens

Metro Athens is agriculture powerhouse, Madison County's No. 1 | Online Athens: Athens may not look like a farming town, but in fact, the four-county Athens metropolitan area is one of the state’s top-producing agricultural regions, according to statistics in the University of Georgia’s annual Georgia Farmgate Value Report.
Madison County, a part of the Athens metro area, is the No. 1 producing county in the state, measured by dollar value — $521.4 million in 2014.

How Will Agriculture Fare With Political Change | Hoosier Ag Today

How Will Agriculture Fare With Political Change | Hoosier Ag Today: When it comes to candid analysis of politics and agriculture, few are as popular or as outspoken as Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State Economist. He sees the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House as being good for agriculture, “Overall, Ryan has a mixed record on agriculture. He is supportive of the TPP trade agreement, but he is not a fan of farm payments. Being from Wisconsin, he is careful when it comes to dairy policy.” Generally, Flinchbaugh sees little change in the way House leadership will act, “It is not like he is on the far right, I think he will be a lot like John Boehner.” Flinchbaugh added that Ryan will have a lot more political power since he did not have to make any promises in order to get the job.

More big bucks in Mississippi than ever before | NOLA.com

More big bucks in Mississippi than ever before | NOLA.com: In certain parts of the Magnolia State this time of year, it's not unusual to see more Louisiana license plates than Mississippi ones. That's because hunters love to escape Louisiana's big cities to target bucks and does in Mississippi's sprawling wooded acres.

Jimmy Carter says he feels fine, keeps busy despite cancer - SFGate

Jimmy Carter says he feels fine, keeps busy despite cancer - SFGate: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmy Carter's August announcement that doctors had discovered tumors on his brain came with a promise: The former U.S. president would scale back his work schedule.

Scott Rabalais: Saints’ wild win over Giants was unforgettable All Saints’ Day 49 years in the making | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Scott Rabalais: Saints’ wild win over Giants was unforgettable All Saints’ Day 49 years in the making | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Forty-nine years ago Sunday, the NFL awarded New Orleans a franchise.

In all those years, from that All Saints’ Day to this one, there was never a game to match the indoor fireworks show the Saints and New York Giants put on display.

What is the appropriate gift for a 49th anniversary? Paper? Crystal? Billy Crystal delivering your paper and reading you the comics while making funny voices?

Falling crop prices hurt farmers' bottom line | NWADG

Falling crop prices hurt farmers' bottom line | NWADG: Like a lot of farmers these days, Rich Hillman, a rice and soybean grower in the Carlisle area, is putting off once-routine equipment purchases.

"Farmers are cutting back every way they can," Hillman said.

His implement dealer is feeling the impact of that cost-cutting. Mike Linton, general manager of Heritage Agriculture in Carlisle, is offering discounts on equipment purchases and repairs and hoping to avoid layoffs.

"We were coming off extremely good years," Linton noted, "but year to date, our business is off a minimum of 40 percent. That's tough."

What Can Agriculture Expect from House Speaker Ryan? | Radio 570 WNAX

What Can Agriculture Expect from House Speaker Ryan? | Radio 570 WNAX: What can agriculture expect from newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan? Kansas State University Professor Emeritus and economist Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh provided his insight at last week’s National Ag Bankers conference. He says the Wisconsin Representative will likely be an advocate for agricultural trade. However, in the past position he will be a critic of farm subsidies.

University Of Arkansas Program Prompts Strawberry ‘Boost’ | Times Record

University Of Arkansas Program Prompts Strawberry ‘Boost’ | Times Record: Strawberry production in the U.S. is getting a significant boost thanks to two years of work by agricultural research and extension personnel who teamed up with growers across the nation to explore new ways to invigorate the industry.

The results are available in a 36-page e-book, “Success in the Field: Accomplishments of Phase II of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative 2014-2015,” a PDF available for free downloading at strawberry.uark.edu. The second phase of the project began in 2014.

The e-book covers the second phase of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, which began in 2013 as a public-private partnership. The strawberry initiative comprised of 26 projects in 13 states with the support of $4.05 million in grants from the Walmart Foundation. The program was managed nationally by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Free Transition Planning for Your Farm Webinar | Precision

Free Transition Planning for Your Farm Webinar | Precision: Ag Transition Partners, and American Agri-Women (AAW) are�hosting a no-cost farm transition webinar to help producers plan for the future. �Three webinars are planned and on-site or virtual coaching and action templates will be provided as well.

The first webinar is already available for�download�on the AAW website. �The second webinar will be held November 17 at noon CST. �This webinar will help growers use the Ag Transition tool to learn the process and gather information to develop a plan.

California’s water battle puts agriculture on the front line | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal

California’s water battle puts agriculture on the front line | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal: Most anyone reading this will be very familiar with Ohio’s water woes — there is too is much then too little, too many nutrients in lakes and streams, and toxic algae results. While the challenges with water in Ohio are significant, they are not unique and represent only a small fraction of the daunting water challenges being dealt with around the country. The issues of water quality and supply are monumental and will not be going away any time soon. Water could very well be the defining challenge in the current era of agriculture.

With this in mind, a series of stories over the next few months will be taking a look at the some of the nation’s water issues. What better place to start than California?

CT: Polyface Farms ready for its close-up at Virginia Film Festival - The Daily Progress: Charlottesville Business Journal

CT: Polyface Farms ready for its close-up at Virginia Film Festival - The Daily Progress: Charlottesville Business Journal: n Augusta County farmer renowned for his contributions to the local-food movement is looking forward to seeing a documentary about his third-generation farm at the Virginia Film Festival.
“They have captured our essence better than any other videography crew that has come through,” said Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm.

Watertown Daily Times | Tumble of milk prices causes NNY dairy farms to postpone investments

Watertown Daily Times | Tumble of milk prices causes NNY dairy farms to postpone investments: After record highs in 2014, a sharp drop in milk prices has compelled many north country dairy farms to postpone investments until the market rebounds.
Dairy economists have predicted farmers probably will have to wait nine to 18 months for milk prices to climb out of the rut, according to Jay M. Matteson, Jefferson County agricultural coordinator. Many farms are operating at a loss or barely breaking even because of low prices.

Decline in family-owned farms | wivb.com

Decline in family-owned farms | wivb.com: �Every fall, thousands of pepole head to local farms, picking fresh produce and bringing it home. In Niagara County, where 50% of the land is used for agriculture production, the majority of the farms are family owned and operated.

That’s a lifestyle that is changing across the country where younger generations aren’t interested in taking over the family business.

“Me and my brother and sister have grown up in a culture where we aren’t afraid to work hard,” said Andres Vizcarra who is a fifth generation farmer at Becker Farms. “Just the history and everything else about it; I really didn’t have a choice! I had to jump into the family business.”

I-80 Harvest: Eastern Iowa Farmers See Big Yields | Agweb.com

I-80 Harvest: Eastern Iowa Farmers See Big Yields | Agweb.com: t seems this year, he has many reasons to be pleased. Despite a few weather bumps and a hail storm on one of this fields, he’s seeing above average yields. "We got some good yields. For me personally, I’m seeing 240 bu. to 250 bu.�per acre with corn and 70 bu. per acre with soybeans,” said Mohr.