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Monday, November 16, 2015

Here Are the 12 Most Delightful Home Diners For Sale in the United States

Here Are the 12 Most Delightful Home Diners For Sale in the United States: Lately, we've been transfixed by the various listings we've come across for mansions that include basement replicas of 1950s diners, complete with booths, checkered floors, neon Coca-Cola signs, etc. Who, one could be forgiven for wondering, actually wants one of these things in their house? As it turns out, a lot of people do, and the more we've seen of them, the more we've come around.

Climate change: States must focus on risk management in agriculture | editorials | Hindustan Times |

Climate change: States must focus on risk management in agriculture | editorials | Hindustan Times |: This year is turning out to be a milestone year for the world’s future: In September, 192 countries signed the Sustainable Development Goals and on November 30, delegates from 195 countries will converge in Paris for 12 days to hammer out a new global climate accord. There are several cross-cutting issues between the two mega meets, climate change and agriculture being the two big ones.It is a no-brainer why the impact of climate change on agriculture is significant: While all economic activities experience hazards from nature, agriculture is one of the riskiest and climate change is becoming a source of significant additional risks for agriculture and food systems. In fact, in the last 40 years, the impact of climate change on agriculture has been significant and going forward, it will increasingly become tougher.

In Florida's tomato fields, a fight for ethical farm labor grows - Yahoo News

In Florida's tomato fields, a fight for ethical farm labor grows - Yahoo News: Under a blazing sun bearing down on the Florida peninsula, Silvia Perez, a Guatemalan immigrant, labored in the staked-down tomato fields that stretch[ed] into near-infinity, patrolled from above by ragged gangs of black vultures.

That day, about a decade ago, her crew chief lifted an eyebrow and nodded to an empty row. Ms. Perez understood the signal, and, as a farm laborer with few options should she get fired, she followed the man into the row. What happened next may have saved her job, but it violated to its core her basic right as a person in America to be free of physical, psychological, and financial exploitation by all-powerful masters.

AgriBank: Farmland values moderating | Dairy Herd Management

AgriBank: Farmland values moderating | Dairy Herd Management: Lower commodity prices are moderating farmland values through the midsection of the U.S., according to a new report from AgriBank, one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System.

The report provides an overview of farmland values across the 15-state AgriBank District, including differences by sector and by state. It also reports the latest data on cash rents and looks ahead to how cropland values may fare in the future.

The changing agriculture scene - Star Beacon: Neighborhoods

The changing agriculture scene - Star Beacon: Neighborhoods: The face of local agriculture is changing. Sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. For example in the last couple of years two relatively large dairy herds have gone out of business, one of those just recently. Those herds will probably not be replaced. This further illustrates the decline of dairy farming in the county.
What will happen to those farms now that there aren't any cows and young animals to eat the crops that were produced? The land will probably still be growing grain. Instead of marketing that grain through the milk sold from those farms, it will be sold on the grain market.
A part of the changing face of farming has been the growth of grain farms in the area. More and larger farms going into the business of growing cash grain crops for the market. We have seen an increase of farms being sold to other farmers. With modern machinery and technology, farmers have been able to handle more acres with less labor.
This has brought about a change in marketing for these crops. Much of it is sold through local elevators such as Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, Colebrook Elevator or Deerfield Farms. Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of farmer owned storage bins. This gives them more control of their crop and how and when it is finally marketed.
Larger and more expensive equipment is more commonly seen in local fields. This allows faster harvest when conditions are right.

Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture: Spread’s goal is a quality-controlled, high-yield indoor farming system that minimises water use, prevents soil erosion and avoids pesticides. Its facilities are designed to run under their own environmental control, from temperature to lighting to moisture, wholly independent of weather and conditions outside. That means year-long production, and near certainty that volume will be constant.

Spread has been operating a human-run prototype factory in Kameoka, Japan. The company’s plan for the next, Kyoto-based Vegetable Factory, slated to open in 2017, includes cutting carbon-dioxide emissions from the growing process. And the lettuce it will grow — think of lettuce as the proof-of-concept crop in the plan — is designed to produce vitamin-rich harvests.

The passionate farmer: Gerken Farms - Fort Morgan Times

The passionate farmer: Gerken Farms - Fort Morgan Times: As I pulled into the large driveway, it was hard to miss the two huge tractors parked in front of a large shed. There were two kids playing football in the front yard. Two dogs came running toward my car; barking the whole time. I parked my car and waited a second, hoping that the dogs would move on so I could get out. Seeing that they weren't leaving my car, I finally decided to risk it and I ventured outside.

Society ‘to be hit by climate change’

Society ‘to be hit by climate change’ |: Prof Richard Tol predicts the downsides of warming will outweigh the advantages with a global warming of 1.1C – which has nearly been reached already

I-80 Harvest Tour: How Are Farmers Marketing Their Grain? | Agweb.com

I-80 Harvest Tour: How Are Farmers Marketing Their Grain? | Agweb.com: “I mean we replanted three times, �then we gave it up. Three strikes and you’re out. Well, we quit after that,” said Jim Robbins, who farms in Manhattan, Ill.

Impacted by rain this season or not, every farmer is financially feeling this year’s prices.�“That is really a downer here. Even with good yields, a lot of farmers may break below even. That’s the kind of overriding feeling now,” said farmer Bob Bowman of DeWitt, Iowa.

They got beef: The neighborhood the meatpackers made has been their undoing | Crain's New York Business

They got beef: The neighborhood the meatpackers made has been their undoing | Crain's New York Business: ohn Jobaggy has been busy since 4 a.m. fielding orders inside a nondescript building under the new Whitney Museum, just steps from the High Line, where tourists gather to take selfies framed by cobblestone streets and brick warehouses.

Now it's time to see if the filet mignons and porterhouses for customers like Peter Luger Steakhouse, the Four Seasons, Nobu and Tribeca Grill are ready to go. So Jobaggy dons a white apron and baseball cap, enters a refrigerated room full of 200-pound hinds of beef swaying from hooks and sidesteps a carcass-breaking saw dangling from the ceiling.

Build the Perfect Thanksgiving Menu with This Meal Planner

Build the Perfect Thanksgiving Menu with This Meal Planner |

Japan’s economy falls back into recession again

Japan’s economy falls back into recession again – BBC News |: The preliminary data means the world’s third-largest economy has contracted for a second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession

Forward Contracting Leads to Long-term Success | Agweb.com

Forward Contracting Leads to Long-term Success | Agweb.com: Production agriculture is a constant game of unknowns. From fierce weather, to vigorous commodity prices, no year is the same. But experts say the beauty of marketing is eliminating one of the unknowns.�

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Solution to California's water issues liesunderground | Miscellaneous content from Western Farm Press

Solution to California's water issues liesunderground | Miscellaneous content from Western Farm Press: While the current drought-influenced thinking causes most of us to consider how water can be better stored, conserved and conveyed, one recent report emphasizes the importance of protecting, enhancing, and using the supply below ground.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mostly lower as fundamental news remains weak. Outside markets try to determine the impact of the attack on Paris.

The lack of US farmer selling is supporting cash grain prices as end-users continue to raise basis bids to procure grain.

NOPA crush will be released at 11:00 am, trade is looking for around 161 million bushel processed last month and soyoil stocks to be 1.444 billion pounds compared to 1.355 at the end of September.

Weather in South America is the concern to many traders as it could have the greatest element of surprise. Producers in Brazil are estimated to have 60% of their soybeans planted when 71% is normal. The largest soybean producing state of Mato Grosso is 84% done planting. There are some spots of dryness in Brazil and others which received too much rain but in general crops are off to a good start.