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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Sweet Home Mississippi - The New York Times

Sweet Home Mississippi - The New York Times: PLUTO, MISS. — TO move from Lower Manhattan to rural Mississippi is probably the most extreme culture shock available in this country. To do it as an Englishman adds an extra twist. But I fell in love with an old farmhouse while visiting a friend in the Mississippi Delta, bought it for next to nothing, in New York terms, and persuaded my girlfriend, Mariah, to move there with me.

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I could keep working as a freelance journalist and maybe get a book out of the experience. She could finish her library science degree online. The city had been grinding us up, and decimating our bank accounts, and we were both ready to live closer to the land.

It was a difficult decision to explain to New Yorkers. They viewed Mississippi as a backwater, at best, and more commonly as a byword for ignorance and bigotry. One woman accused me of being a racist for wanting to live there, even though I was moving to a county that was 82 percent African-American. Most people were genuinely mystified, or doubtful about my sanity, because who in their right mind would choose to live in backwoods Mississippi?

Software increasingly a key to farm management and growth | Management content from Delta Farm Press

Software increasingly a key to farm management and growth | Management content from Delta Farm Press: In the nine years since earning his master’s degree from Mississippi State University, he said at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association, his family’s farming operation, Silent Shade Planting Company, has gone from less than 3,000 acres — “my father, my mother, myself, and two employees, plus truck drivers” — to it’s present-day 12,000 acres-plus, a 30-person staff, and nine trucks.

Delta drive-through: Why haven’t you? | Daily Leader

Delta drive-through: Why haven’t you? | Daily Leader

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism Sees Growth in 2015

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism Sees Growth in 2015: After four consecutive record-breaking years for tourism in Baldwin County, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism announced 2015 continues the trend with year-to-date increases and seasonal gains, sports updates, transportation improvements, a new beach initiative and more during the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s First Friday Forum at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.

Strong Corn Prices Possible in 2016 - Corn - News | Agweb.com

Strong Corn Prices Possible in 2016 - Corn - News | Agweb.com: Is there a possibility corn prices could rebound in 2016? Bryan Doherty a market analyst with Stewart-Peterson Inc. says that it’s not out of the question. He cautions that while price isn’t going to improve for the next 30-90 days it could increase in the next 12 months.

Odds Say Your Farm Will Fail. Learn How to Prove Them Wrong - News | Farm Journal Legacy Project

Odds Say Your Farm Will Fail. Learn How to Prove Them Wrong - News | Farm Journal Legacy Project: Did you know 90% of families fail to keep their farm together for three or more generations? It’s a staggering figure and might even seem like unbeatable odds, but you don’t have to be a statistic. Good planning, open communication and solid preparation can put you in that coveted 10% who successfully transition generation after generation.

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Historic Farms and Ranches at 40th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony > Texas Department of Agriculture Website > News & Events Details

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Historic Farms and Ranches at 40th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony > Texas Department of Agriculture Website > News & Events Details: In a celebration of agriculture and family heritage, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture today honored 76 farms and ranches spanning 56 Texas counties at the 40th Annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony. The ceremony, held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol, recognized Texas families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for 100 years or more.

WBAY - Tree farms getting ready for Christmas - November 5, 2015

WBAY - Tree farms getting ready for Christmas - November 5, 2015: It may not feel like winter outside yet, but Christmas tree farmers are getting ready for the holiday season.

His chainsaw is fired up, and so is Ken Yeska. He and his brothers will work long hours to ship 4,000 trees to Illinois lots this week.

Yeska, co-owner of Yeska Farms in Wild Rose, says, “There’s a lot of work that goes into it, a lot.”

Land Sale of the Week: $11,567/a in North-Central Indiana - News | Agweb.com

Land Sale of the Week: $11,567/a in North-Central Indiana - News | Agweb.com: The Nov. 3 auction of 716 acres of farmland for Tribine Harvester inventor Ben Dillon attracted a crowd of eager bidders, resulting in the sale of the land to an investor for $8,282,000, or $11,567 per acre. Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company marketed the land and conducted the auction.

Why were Soybean Export Sales so Bearish? | Agweb.com

Why were Soybean Export Sales so Bearish? | Agweb.com: Soybeans were down almost 20 cents on Thursday�and managed to post a new contract low close.� A better weather pattern in Brazil and�recent strength in the US$ were part of the reason for pressure, but export sales may have been the biggest factor.� After almost two months of very good weekly export sales the trade has come to expect big numbers.� This week export sales disappointed, but why?

Strong Dollar, Higher Yield Expectations Weigh on Markets | Agweb.com

Strong Dollar, Higher Yield Expectations Weigh on Markets | Agweb.com: Informa’s higher corn and soybean yield projections released this week and a continued rally in the dollar�weighed heavily on ag markets this week, �said�Jerry Gulke on Farm Journal Radio's Weekend Market Report.