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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

85 years since huge forests were cleared to make way for West Australian farmland - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

85 years since huge forests were cleared to make way for West Australian farmland - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): This year the small town of Walpole on the south coast of Western Australia is celebrating 85 years since the Walpole Land Settlement Scheme. Walpole beef farmer Don Burton discusses Walpole's Land Settlement Scheme (ABC Rural)
The aim of the scheme was to open up the area for farming, and this could only be done by clearing thick, dense, old growth forest with the most basic equipment.

Western Australian premier Sir James Mitchell was the driving force behind the scheme, sending 100 men and boys from Fremantle to clear the land.

Don Burton and his family are beef farmers in Walpole and their family is just one local farming family with a long connection to Walpole and the land settlement scheme.

In 1927, Mr Burton's grandparents came out to Australia from England, part of the Group Settlement Scheme in Hazelvale near Walpole.

Price challenges blocking adoption of sensors in agriculture | Ag Professional

Price challenges blocking adoption of sensors in agriculture | Ag Professional: With farmers facing price variability and other uncertainties, few are able or willing to risk significant capital on sensing technologies, which can help make more efficient use of soil, water, pesticides, and equipment. Developers need to target the crops best suited for their technologies and create attractive financing or leasing options, or adopt service models that resonate with the growers.

Smart Agriculture – Using Location to Protect Food Sources

Smart Agriculture – Using Location to Protect Food Sources: Seeing this extensive damage, a young Ms. Victoria Alonsop�rez came up with an idea for a system that would remotely monitor the behavior of cattle to help prevent a repeat of the 2001 outbreak. Over a decade later, Ms. Alonsop�rez put her inspiration to practice and developed Chipsafer, a GPS-based method that remotely relays vital information about each animal to farmers. Although still in the development phase, Ms. Alonsop�rez has used the intellectual property (IP) system to attract investment, further her R&D, and move closer to commercialization, which could provide farmers with information to help in the prevention of FMD outbreaks and other diseases.

JICA sees heightened Japanese interest in VN agriculture - Society - VietNam News

JICA sees heightened Japanese interest in VN agriculture - Society - VietNam News: The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has joined hands with Viet Nam in setting up a chain of agricultural manufacturing units, involving production, processing and consumption activities.

JICA's Chief Representative in Viet Nam Mori Mutsuya said this at a conference held today in Ha Noi.

JICA's partners are the agriculture and rural development ministry (MARD), the central Nghe An Province, Lam Dong Central Highlands Province and the northern Ha Nam Province.

Mori said the key to making the co-operative projects successful was the close co-operation between the concerned agencies.

With help from MARD, pilot projects in Lam Dong, Nghe An and Ha Nam provinces will become stable and be expanded to other localities.

Noble Jumps on Advanced Talks to Sell Agriculture Unit Stake - Bloomberg Business

Noble Jumps on Advanced Talks to Sell Agriculture Unit Stake - Bloomberg Business: Noble Group Ltd. shares surged in Singapore and its bonds rose after Asia’s largest commodities trader said that it was in advanced talks to sell the rest of its agriculture unit, potentially bolstering its drive to raise cash and avoid a credit-rating cut to junk.
The shares rallied as much as 12 percent to 43.5 Singapore cents and traded at 42.5 cents at 1:17 p.m. local time after Noble Group said late on Tuesday that the company is talking with potential purchasers about a 49 percent stake in Noble Agri Ltd. Cofco Corp., China’s largest food company, is one of the potential buyers, according to a person familiar with the matter. Cofco officials didn’t respond to e-mails or texts seeking comment.

Back Road Journeys: Meet Natasha McCrary of 1818 Farms | Edible Feast

Back Road Journeys: Meet Natasha McCrary of 1818 Farms | Edible Feast: Meet our first guest, Natasha McCrary of 1818 Farms located in historic Mooresville, Alabama. Natasha and her family have transformed her 3-acre family farm into a multifaceted year round sustainable farming and homesteading business. From raising sheep and growing heirloom flowers and vegetables, to farm dinners, educational camps and a quickly growing line of bath products, this entrepreneurial family is full of heart and good advice.

DCBrief.Com - Breaking: Federal Reserve raises interest rates by quarter point | Fresno Bee

DCBrief.Com - Breaking: Federal Reserve raises interest rates by quarter point | Fresno Bee

Paris Chateau Louis XIV loved by Kim Kardashian sells for $301M | Daily Mail Online

Paris Chateau Louis XIV loved by Kim Kardashian sells for $301M | Daily Mail Online: Two people close to the sale said the mansion was sold to a Middle Eastern buyer, in a deal brokered by Christie’s International Real Estate, Bloomberg revealed today.�

The property boasts a lavish ballroom, underground nightclub, a cavernous wine cellar, a squash court, home cinema and an underwater room complete with fishes swimming inside the transparent walls.

It is finished with stunning gold features, marble floors and intricate murals akin to Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel.

Marble was used to create the delicate marquetry for the floors, mosaics for the garden, bathroom tiles and even a statue of former French monarch Louis XIV, or Louis the Great, who ruled the country for a record 72 years.�

Historic Madison County family farm preserved

Historic Madison County family farm preserved: While family farms in the mountains of Western North Carolina are quickly fading away to the pages of photo albums, at least one group is fighting to keep farms alive and growing.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy recently protected 318 acres at the Reeves Homeplace Farm in Madison County, which has been in the Reeves family for more than 160 years and is now protected forever for farming.

Auction, Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Central City, Iowa | Farms for Sale - 151 acres, Linn County, IA

Hertz Real Estate Services | Farms for Sale - 151 acres, Linn County, IA

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are quiet as traders turn focus to outside markets and upcoming economic reports.

Today is an important day for many commodity markets as the results of the FOMC decision will be released at 1:00 pm. There also are several economic reports which will be released at 7:30, 8:15 and 9:30 this morning. Another issue to consider is will Congress pass a full budget bill or will they use another short-term continuing resolution. The current resolution expires today at midnight.

Wheat Will Rally, Bear Markets Will End in 2016, Analyst Says - Corn - News | Agweb.com

Wheat Will Rally, Bear Markets Will End in 2016, Analyst Says - Corn - News | Agweb.com: A rally in wheat prices is coming in the near future, representing the first in a series of events that will end bear markets for commodities in 2016, says Mike Florez, Florez Trading.