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Friday, December 18, 2015

This Aluminum Prefab Was Designed to Be Mobile, Stackable

This Aluminum Prefab Was Designed to Be Mobile, Stackable: Prefab fever is high as ever: fresh off news of $250K designer prefabs, we caught wind of another ambitious effort, this time hailing from Hong Kong. This new mobile prefab shelter concept, called the Alpod, is intended for use as anything from a primary home to a vacation cottage, micro office, or mobile shop.

Will the TPP Actually Help U.S. Ag Exports? - Crops - News | Agweb.com

Will the TPP Actually Help U.S. Ag Exports? - Crops - News | Agweb.com: Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has the green light to proceed, will U.S. farmers reap any benefits? Ian Sheldon, an economist at The Ohio State University, is hopeful.

“TPP is important, as it is the largest regional free trade agreement that has been struck in the past two decades,” he says.

In fact, TPP countries represent about 40% of the world’s economy, he says. Participating countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Vietnam and the United States. Noticeably absent in the agreement is China.

Kortrijk students say co-farming is the future of agriculture | Flanders Today

Kortrijk students say co-farming is the future of agriculture | Flanders Today: So how can agriculture be decarbonised? That was the question posed in AgriClimat, a competition for Flanders’ students held during the huge international agriculture fair Agribex, which took place earlier this month at Brussels Expo.

A jury of five specialists, including science journalist Dirk Draulans, meteorologist David Dehenauw �and design engineer Serge de Gheldere, took a closer look at the 18 proposals submitted by student teams from schools all over Flanders.�

Soybeans Turn Higher, Ignore Argentina's Peso Move

Corn and wheat fall ... | Corn | Agriculture: On Thursday, the CME Group soybean market started lower then turned upward, while corn and wheat followed.
The soybean pressure was coming from the Argentine government devaluing its currency. However, the devaluation wasn't dropped as low as expected. Plus, China bought a large amount of U.S. soybeans, overnight. Thus, the market has turned higher Thursday.�
The market is keeping an eye on the developments in Argentina. As a result of the currency devaluing, the South American country is expected to export more soybeans.

Austin’s Vital Farms raises $8 million, set for growth | www.mystatesman.com

Austin’s Vital Farms raises $8 million, set for growth | www.mystatesman.com: Since 2007, Austin-based organic egg producer Vital Farms Inc. has grown from a single operation in Southeast Austin to a network of 90 family-owned farms in six states.

Now, the company, which is the largest supplier of pasture-raised eggs to Whole Foods Market, has raised an $8 million from investors to expand its operations in the Midwest.

New technologies to transform the grape industry? | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press

New technologies to transform the grape industry? | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press: From the sky above to under the dirt in vineyards, presenters at a program on new technologies talked at a Madera winery on what the future could hold for wine grape growers.

Representatives of two nurseries discussed steps they are taking to assure the material they provide is clean and the importance of growers planting the cleanest materials possible.

In the Cattle Markets: Any news suggesting prices have bottomed? | Cattle Network

In the Cattle Markets: Any news suggesting prices have bottomed? | Cattle Network: The main question I continue to get through this fall and early winter is: when will the plunge in the cattle market be over?� The why of what’s been happening have been fairly well-discussed: heavy slaughter weights, large inventories of market-ready cattle, and the strong dollar.� The strong domestic demand discussed by Dr. Tonsor in this column was present in the third quarter but it has not been enough.� Further, weakness in the historically strong hamburger market suggests all may not well for the fourth quarter.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed as they are giving back some of the gains from yesterday. The US Dollar and crude are lower. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the omnibus budget bill today. Many think it could be a squeaker to pass.

The fundamental news has not turned bullish but Thursday’s rally could be attributed to short covering. Argentina allowing their currency to float could have been the most bearish news for grains we have seen is some time, however, it did not bring new selling into futures. The reality is rallies will run into huge headwinds as South American farmers will move grain they have hoarded due to export taxation.

Will Brazil Bring Out The Bulls? - Corn - News | Agweb.com

Will Brazil Bring Out The Bulls? - Corn - News | Agweb.com: If you’re looking around wondering what could cause commodity prices to go up again, look no further than Brazil. According to Bill Kirk, CEO of Weather Trends International, Brazil is caught in the throes of extreme weather that could adversely affect the country’s corn and soybean crops.