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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Stocks drop as oil rout keeps markets on edge before Fed - Yahoo Finance

Stocks drop as oil rout keeps markets on edge before Fed - Yahoo Finance: Asian stocks slipped on Monday after Wall Street sank amid plunging crude oil prices, keeping investors on edge ahead of an expected U.S. rate rise by the Federal Reserve later in the week.

Asian Stocks Join Global Selloff as Commodity Producers Retreat - Bloomberg Business

Asian Stocks Join Global Selloff as Commodity Producers Retreat - Bloomberg Business: Asian stocks joined a global selloff as concern about turmoil in the credit and commodities markets ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve meeting overshadowed a batch of better-than-expected Chinese economic data.

Saints show guts in grinding out win at Tampa Bay: Larry Holder's observations | NOLA.com

Saints show guts in grinding out win at Tampa Bay: Larry Holder's observations | NOLA.com: Here are my initial observations from the�New Orleans Saints'�24-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers�on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium:

None of us really knew if the Saints had this type of performance in them after they dropped four straight games.

But to their credit, they put on a gutsy performance against an NFC South rival.

Saints turn in best all-around effort of season | Jeff Duncan's takeaways | NOLA.com

Saints turn in best all-around effort of season | Jeff Duncan's takeaways | NOLA.com: My takeaways from the�New Orleans Saints' 24-17 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium:

For the first time in a long time, the Saints finally finished a game. They didn't score in the fourth quarter but they found a way to win down the stretch. The offense kept the ball away by converting third downs and the defense didn't give up anything cheap. A step forward on both fronts. ...

Sowing seeds of success on Ethiopian farms – Jewish Business News

Sowing seeds of success on Ethiopian farms – Jewish Business News: Ethiopian farmer Nuri Awel was quite skeptical about the Israeli project�Fair Planet,�a nonprofit that gives smallholder farmers access to cutting-edge seed technology and shows them how to get the most from these seeds with minimal changes to their traditional practices.

Awel was so skeptical, in fact, that at first he was lax about following the training recommendations. But once he saw the quality of the new plants, he became an enthusiastic follower.

“His yield was fantastic and he sold his tomatoes at excellent prices,” reports Fair Planet founder Shoshan Haran. “Nuri doubled his annual income from his 1,000-square-meter plot and is using the money to fix his house and send his son to college. One year later, Nuri has tripled his plot, bought more seeds and is implementing everything we taught him.”

Land transfers thrive in rural China | Shanghai Daily

Land transfers thrive in rural China | Shanghai Daily: Land transfers are flourishing in Jinzhou, some 260 km south of Beijing, catalyzing mushroom growth of specialized cooperatives, authorities have said.

"About one-tenth of farmers have joined market-oriented cooperatives in Jinzhou and more are enlisting as members," said Zhang Jian, deputy head of Jinzhou Supply and Marketing Cooperative.

Food Security, Food Production Recognized in Paris Climate Deal

DTN/The Progressive Farmer: Agriculture Markets, News and Weather: The climate accord reached Saturday in Paris provides one more avenue to keep international pressure on global food security. It also likely increases scrutiny over greenhouse-gas emissions from food production.

The Paris Agreement involving representatives from 195 countries marks the first time a climate agreement has acknowledged the importance of food security as a priority. The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization pointed that out in a statement on the deal.

"This is a game changer for the 800 million people still suffering from chronic hunger, and for 80% of the world's poor who live in rural areas and earn income - and feed their families - from agriculture sectors," said FAO Director-General Jos� Graziano da Silva. "By including food security, the international community fully acknowledges that urgent attention is needed to preserve the well-being and future of those who are on the front line of climate change threats."

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Dip in profits won't hit too hard: Ag economist

Dip in profits won't hit too hard: Ag economist: Even if crop prices rise next year, farmers may need to trim per-acre costs in order to turn a profit.

The good news, University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey said, is the current dip in farm profit does not signal a return to the economic crisis of the 1980s. He spoke at the University of Illinois’ Farm Assets Conference Nov. 24.

Russia Gives Away One Hectare Of Farmland And Forest To Its Citizens

Russia Gives Away One Hectare Of Farmland And Forest To Its Citizens: The land handout is a radical scheme from the Russian government to reverse a potentially catastrophic population decline on the Pacific rim in the extreme east of the country.

People will be able to register and receive plots on the web. The offer includes land that can be farmed, and forested territory, with the potential to sell timber, or simply set up home and a smallholding.

Those wanting to becoming landowners in the Far East should use their plot for five years after which it can become theirs for free. Later, they could sell it.

Memories help shape future of farmland | Agriculture | herald-review.com

Memories help shape future of farmland | Agriculture | herald-review.com: Mary Swander wanted participants in a workshop Friday to think about their best memories of being on a farm as they look to the future.

The Generations Caring for the Land workshop at Richland Community College was hosted by the Agricultural Watershed Institute. It provided information for landowners interested in planning for the future of their land.

U.S. Agriculture: In Recession, Risking Depression | Seeking Alpha

U.S. Agriculture: In Recession, Risking Depression | Seeking Alpha: There is no point in mincing words: a recession in the farm belt is not "coming," "threatening" or even "likely:" it has definitely arrived. The only uncertainties about it are how deep it will be, how long it will last and how extensive the damage to the nation's agricultural base will be. It will not be the same as the late 1970's to early 1980's recession ─ it is not largely due to insupportable debt burdens. Rather, it is a consequence of excessive production meeting a barrier to the exports that would normally provide an escape valve for inventories.

Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York | Books | The Guardian

Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York | Books | The Guardian: Several years ago, I was living in New York and working for an airline, so I never got home to Alabama for Christmas – if, indeed, I got the day off. To a displaced southerner, Christmas in New York can be rather a melancholy occasion, not because the scene is strange to one far from home, but because it is familiar: New York shoppers evince the same singleness of purpose as slow-moving southerners; Salvation Army bands and Christmas carols are alike the world over; at that time of year, New York streets shine wet with the same gentle farmer’s rain that soaks Alabama’s winter fields.

How low can oil prices go? Opec and El Nino take a bite out of crude's cost | Business | The Guardian

How low can oil prices go? Opec and El Ni�o take a bite out of crude's cost | Business | The Guardian: Crude oil prices fell to their lowest levels since the 2007-08 global financial crisis this week, and further losses could be in the cards as the factors that led to lower values remain in force.

Following the decision on 4 December by the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) to continue its strategy to seek market share rather than support prices, US crude oil values broke under $40 a barrel. That sent values to their lowest levels since December 2008, when the front-month West Texas Intermediate crude-oil futures price fell to around $34. On Thursday, prices were trading at around $36.75 for the January futures contract.

Russia fires warning shot at Turkey boat in Aegean - BBC News

Russia fires warning shot at Turkey boat in Aegean - BBC News: Russia says one of its warships fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision.
A Russian defence ministry statement said the Turkish vessel approached to 600m (1,800ft) before turning away in response to Russian small arms fire.
The Turkish military attache in Moscow has been summoned to the foreign ministry over the incident.

Chinese equity markets may see limited fallout from Fed lift-off | South China Morning Post

Chinese equity markets may see limited fallout from Fed lift-off | South China Morning Post: Hong Kong and mainland Chinese stocks may feel some pressure if the US Fed raises its short-term interest rates on Wednesday for the first time in nearly a decade, but the fallout may be limited as markets have largely built in a 25-basis-point rate increase into pricing, analysts say.

Expectations of a Fed lift-off in December have caused Hong Kong and Chinese stocks to trade cautiously lower in the past two weeks.

Centre to control BT cotton seed prices by fixing MRP - Times of India

Centre to control BT cotton seed prices by fixing MRP - Times of India: e Centre has decided to control prices of cotton seeds including the genetically modified versions by fixing a uniform maximum sale price from March 2016, a move that would deal a major blow to global hybrid seed company Monsanto.

Saints vs. Buccaneers: What's the Game Plan for New Orleans? | Bleacher Report

Saints vs. Buccaneers: What's the Game Plan for New Orleans? | Bleacher Report: The New Orleans Saints will once again attempt to snap their losing streak Sunday, as they travel to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South divisional matchup.

New Orleans (4-8) comes in having dropped its last four games, and coach Sean Payton’s club will have to turn in a solid performance in order to avoid a fifth straight defeat.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay (6-6) has won three of its last four, and the Buccaneers are battling for an NFC wild-card spot with just four games to go.