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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Farmland In Developing Countries


I attended a conference today that focused on land rights in developing countries with papers presented by participants from KPMG, USAID, Thomson Reuters and others. One of the most interesting statistics that was mentioned was that 70% of land in developing countries does not have an established ownership structure and farm tenancy is often only an oral agreement. In some cases, the ownership is vested in governments while in others it may be tribal. This is one of the factors that makes it more difficult to attract investment and capital and to develop modern agricultural practices. In many of these same countries the population is exploding at the same time that climate change is making the production of food more difficult. It was an interesting insight into the problems of climate change, food, and water that will shape the world in the future. From my perspective, it also underscored the importance of farmland in the United States and other industrialized counties where production is stable and the yields are predictable.  

Florida orange crop down nearly 30 percent from 2014-15 - The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Florida orange crop down nearly 30 percent from 2014-15 - The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.: The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its estimate of the 2015-16 Florida orange crop to 69 million boxes, nearly 30 percent below last year’s crop of 96.7 million boxes.

"The lower estimate is a reflection of the times and the challenges our growers face," Michael W. Sparks, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Florida Citrus Mutual, said in a press release. "We knew this year's crop was going to be the lowest in years but this is a bit surprising."

Farmland acquired in 19th Century by Sen. David Davis set for auction... -- BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Farmland acquired in 19th Century by Sen. David Davis set for auction... -- BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --: �During the 19th Century, Bloomington's David Davis served as presidential campaign manager for Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, executor of Lincoln's estate and as a U.S. Senator. Along the way, he also became one of the biggest landowners in Illinois. Now, his descendants are selling 1,448 acres of his land in an auction set for Jan. 20, with Murray Wise Associates conducting the event.

Union County sets record for farmland rent

Union County sets record for farmland rent: �Low grain prices and high farmland rents are squeezing many farm operations this year�but had little impact on the bidding this week to rent Union County’s farmland for the next two years.

The top bid of $285 per acre, bid by Wayne County farmer Gary Dare, set a record for the county.

Dare’s bid was $20 more per acre than he paid in 2014 and 2015 to rent the 102-acre farm, Auditor Gene Sanford said. Other participants in the round-robin bidding were farmers Cody Scheiner and Dave Woodruff.

India Can Beat Climate Change With Trees On Farms: World Agroforestry Chief

India Can Beat Climate Change With Trees On Farms: World Agroforestry Chief: Humans have planted trees for over 11,000 years. Evidence suggests that fig trees in the Middle East were one of the first to be grown for picking fruit. Now, trees are on the frontline of the battle against climate change.

Besides giving firewood and fruits, preventing soil erosion and retaining water, trees can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

Negotiators from over 190 countries are at the U.N. Climate Change Conference to reach an agreement on how to reduce CO2 emissions so that global temperature rise can be arrested at 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

German farmers hit by oversupply in agriculture | Business | DW.COM | 08.12.2015

German farmers hit by oversupply in agriculture | Business | DW.COM | 08.12.2015: The German Farmers' Association, DBV, said Tuesday that the country's 280,000 farmers and agricultural companies had seen "drastically" falling prices in the 2014/2015 season, with the downturn set to continue "in the near future."

Manufacturing and agriculture the way for Ja - News - JamaicaObserver.com

Manufacturing and agriculture the way for Ja - News - JamaicaObserver.com: If Jamaica is to become a manufacturing country once again, as it was in the 1950s through to the 1960s, it has to engage investors to visit our country in order to do an evaluation as to the goods we can manufacture.

Brazil, Russia, India, and China, the BRIC group of countries, are enjoying their highest standard of living, and this was made possible because of foreign direct investment with stable governments and a highly skilled and trained workforce. Their income per capita is among the highest in the world.

Rural Architecture in the New World The Evolution of Barns in New York - Farm and Home - Capper's Farmer

Rural Architecture in the New World The Evolution of Barns in New York - Farm and Home - Capper's Farmer: The architecture that defines the rural American landscape has a rich history, forged by evolving technology and the contributions of diverse immigrant populations

Meat of the Matter: The aging farmer problem | Cattle Network

Meat of the Matter: The aging farmer problem | Cattle Network: “It’s not like [El Ni�o] means a linear trend of warmer and wetter,” Peter Nowak, a professor with UW’s Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, recently told National Public Radio. “We’re going to have high variability. Some areas of the state are going to get wetter, some areas are going to get drier, and it could flip-flop from year to year.”

Such variability puts a premium on agricultural diversity, not only to better withstand localized weather patterns, but also as the core of agricultural sustainability. But the important of such diversity extends beyond crop rotations.

Rabo AgriFinance to kick off 2016 with new CEO | Cattle Network

Rabo AgriFinance to kick off 2016 with new CEO | Cattle Network: Rob van Zadelhoff will guide Rabo ArgiFinance as its new chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.

Rabo AgriFinance’s board of directors tabbed Van Zadelhoff to succeed CEO Neil Dobbin, who will retire at the end of the year. Van Zadelhoff has been with Rabobank for 24 years, most recently as chief commercial officer of DLL, a member of the Rabobank Group, according to a company news release.

California vineyard values remain strong | Grapes content from Western Farm Press

California vineyard values remain strong | Grapes content from Western Farm Press: California agricultural appraiser Ben Slaughter knows his audience and is careful not to get too nuts when making recommendations.

So how is it that the senior appraiser with Correia-Xavier in Fresno, Calif. wasn’t run out of a room full of wine grape growers at a meeting of the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association when he started talking up the positive value of almonds?

Few spots in Texas considered abnormally dry | Water Shortage content from Southwest Farm Press

Few spots in Texas considered abnormally dry | Water Shortage content from Southwest Farm Press: Texas, again, is out of drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released Monday, shows the state drought free. Only a half-dozen, scattered and small, areas of the state are even considered abnormally dry. And those “are transitioning to better (and wetter) conditions,” according to the weekly report, from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are a bit higher ahead of USDA’s December Crop report at 11:00 am. Outside markets are choppy as traders wait for the Fed’s decision next week.