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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Commercial market for drones in agriculture is robust, farmers told | The Tidewater News

Commercial market for drones in agriculture is robust, farmers told | The Tidewater News: The market for commercial drone use in American agriculture has been recognized by aviation and agriculture experts. But some specifics remain up in the air.

Farmers at the 2015 Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Norfolk posed numerous questions. Among them were “Who owns the data that (drones) collect on private land?”, “Will there be regulatory training for operators, like there is for pilots?” and “If you find a drone in your soybean field, is it yours?”

Darryl Jenkins, chairman of the American Aviation Institute, delivered the convention’s keynote address on “The Future of Drones and Your Farm.”

Ag security and national security closely linked | Government content from Southwest Farm Press

Ag security and national security closely linked | Government content from Southwest Farm Press: U.S. agriculture’s strength may also be its weakness. The diversity, integration of enterprises, and independence of farm operations allow producers a great deal of freedom in crop selection, marketing, and production practices. Those advantages may also make the nation’s agriculture vulnerable to both natural and intentional biological agents.

“Perhaps now, more than any time in our history, agricultural industries are at risk from a variety of threats that have the potential to severely disrupt our economy and food supply, and cause great harm to our public health sector,” said Tammy Beckham, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, in testimony at a House Agriculture Committee hearing.

Ag at Large: SJV grape growers feel the pain, change | Grapes content from Western Farm Press

Ag at Large: SJV grape growers feel the pain, change | Grapes content from Western Farm Press: Wine grape growers in California's San Joaquin Valley are learning a tough economics lesson the hard way, causing them to pull out vines, turn to other crops, sellout, or retire.

They are learning that the wines their grapes have produced for years are now in low demand, and the price wineries pay, if they buy their grapes at all, doesn’t cover their cost of production.

Housing Bubble 2 In One Chart | Seeking Alpha

Housing Bubble 2 In One Chart | Seeking Alpha: We know two things about housing bubbles: they always pop, with devastating consequences, and apologists and pundits always deny housing is in a bubble. And so it is no surprise that here we are in Housing Bubble 2, the second housing bubble of the 21st century, and the usual suspects are denying housing is in a bubble.

Hottest Real Estate Markets of 2016 - Fortune

Hottest Real Estate Markets of 2016 - Fortune: We’re nearly a decade removed from the peak of the real estate bubble, and the U.S. housing market has finally returned to some semblance of normalcy.

If you take a look at the Case-Shiller home price index, you’ll see that for the past fifteen years, home prices nationally have either been rising at double digit rates, or falling precipitously. This is even more remarkable when you consider the fact that, over the long run, one can expect the value of residential real estate to appreciate only a bit faster than inflation.

In other words, these have been interesting times for anyone with wealth tied up in real estate, to say the least.

US Real Estate Report - Live Trading News | Live Trading News

US Real Estate Report - Live Trading News | Live Trading News: The U.S. negative equity rate continued to drop in the third quarter of 2015, according to the Zillow� Negative Equity Report.i Nationally, 13.4 percent of homeowners owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth, down from 14.4 percent last quarter, and 16.9 percent a year ago.

Negative equity is one of the most persistent reminders of the housing market crash. Homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth cannot sell, which holds back markets from recovering.

Supima developing DNA technology to identify cotton in products | Cotton content from Western Farm Press

Supima developing DNA technology to identify cotton in products | Cotton content from Western Farm Press: Go into any big box retailer or mass merchandiser and there likely will be see large displays of items such as t-shirts, towels, and sheets labeled as “Pima.”

Most likely they were not made with 100 percent American Pima cotton.

Supima success with its worldwide branding program has apparently resulted in widespread exploitation of the name Pima and even consumer fraud.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: The trade is looking for sizeable sales in corn and soybeans on the weekly export sales data to be released at 7:30. Trade estimates are: corn 500,000 to 1,000,000 tonnes, soybeans 800,000 to 1,200,000 tonnes, soymeal 150,000 to 300,000 tonnes, soyoil 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes and wheat 250,000 to 500,000 tonnes.

2016 Outlook: Will Small Grains Put Cash in the Bank? - Barley - News | Agweb.com

2016 Outlook: Will Small Grains Put Cash in the Bank? - Barley - News | Agweb.com: In the United States, corn and soybeans are kings. Even so, small grains such as sorghum, barley and oats cobble together a few million acres each year. It all comes down to opportunity. Will growing these crops be profitable in 2016?