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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.

Brooklyn, New York Residential Development Site

Residential development site for multiple units with plan approvals. Priced at only $100 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.

Several Irrigated West Coast Vineyards For Sale

Several irrigated West Coast vineyards for sale in prime growing region. Attractive prices. 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.

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.

473 Acres For Sale, Riverside County, California

473 acre land parcel in Riverside County. Potential location for solar project. Near other existing solar energy projects. 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.

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.

N.M., Okla., Texas show only slight drought | Vegetables content from Southwest Farm Press

N.M., Okla., Texas show only slight drought | Vegetables content from Southwest Farm Press: El Ni�o has fulfilled the prophecies that climatologists, meteorologists and other weather observers have made since last spring. Fall rain has broken the drought that set in following heavy springtime rainfall and moved almost all the Southwest region out of drought status. Predictions indicate the weather phenomenon will continue through winter, possibly until late spring before diminishing.

Less than 1 percent of Texas is now considered in drought status. Wichita Falls shows as moderate drought; the rest of the state shows mostly drought-free with scattered areas throughout the state considered abnormally dry. No areas rate higher than moderate.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mostly higher on short covering supported by outside markets. The US Dollar is a bit lower and crude oil is higher. Traders are waiting for a catalyst to push prices out of current range.

Grain markets have a very narrow trading range this week as traders wait for news to shake the tree. Current stand-off between end-users and farmers remains intact with limited amount of grain moving.